Sep. 18, 2018 UPDATE

Kinshi Masamune Horino Memorial Museum

- キンシ正宗 堀野記念館 -
Taste and learn about the history of sake in English at a 240 year old brewery
Kinshi Masamune, a brewer with a 240 year presence in Kyoto, has opened its original site as the Kinshi Masamune Horino memorial museum. Though the current brewing site has moved to Fushimi in Kyoto, visitors can purchase or taste mild sake renowned among Kyoto chefs for its pairing with Kyo-ryori as well as beer that was originally brewed at this site. Inside, you can experience the history of Kinshi Masamune sake through pictures and exhibits of brewing equipment. All exhibits include English explanations so that people from all over the world can learn about the history of Kinshimasamune. It is certain that Sake will be more delicious after learning about its history. This memorial museum offers a rare opportunity to explore all of the nooks and crannies of "Machiya" (traditional Japanese house). You cannot help but appreciate the ingenuity of people who lived without the technology, managed to come up with creative ways to improve the brewing process. Kinshi Masamune would be delighted to have you come and sample the history of Kyoto sake made at this Kyoto machiya.
This sakagura (cellar) was used roughly 200 years ago until the brewery moved to Fushimi. The storehouse remains as it was built during the Edo Period (1603-1868), allowing you to slip through time while viewing the faded floorboards and ceilings. The exhibition inside the storehouse contains a map of the surrounding neighborhood at the time of its establishment as well as an authentic permit from the national government, a document which is hard even for present-day Japanese to read. Now it can be appreciated more as a piece of art than as an official document.
The former residence of the Horino family
The former residence of the Horino family
See the interior of the Kyoto machiya. A precious space preserved for over a hundred years ago is great for taking pictures. On the second floor there is a room that once hosted numerous banquets. The sliding fusuma in this room are not decorated with paintings, so as not to distract from the beauty of the maiko and geiko during their performances. Even now it feels as if a banquet is about to begin here. This simple Kyoto machiya offers a simple, historic space, bringing on a feeling of relaxation you might have when visiting a temple or shrine.
Momonoi (a well)
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Momonoi (a well)
A well that has existed since the founding of the company 240 years ago. This water was used to make the sake before the brewery was moved to Fushimi. The water gushing from this well remains at 16 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Even now, the water is of the finest quality and visitors can feel free to taste it. The water is currently being used as an ingredient in an original beer. Beers (330ml for 540 yen) can be purchased at the specialty products corner; feel free to take some back to the hotel!
Kyoto specialty products corner
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Kyoto specialty products corner
A souvenir corner where visitors can buy Kinshimasamune original sake, beer, and snacks. You can try 4 sake samples of the day the staff recommend from varieties of sake and beer, so you can buy the product with just the right taste and scent. The sake we recommend is Matsuya Kyube (180ml 1404 yen), named after the founder of Kinshimasamune. Because of its light taste from the umami of the condensed rice, it is easy to drink for those who do not have much experience with sake. There are 3 varieties of beer (all 330ml 540 yen): the sour "Karuosu", the mild "Mattari", and the elegant tasting "kuroosu". Buy and try all three!
Manner & Tips
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Because the warehouse has been registered as a national Tangible Cultural Property, visitors are advised to view the exhibits with care and to not touch exhibited items. Though it is not necessary to remove footwear when entering the warehouse, please be sure to remove footwear when entering the Kyoto machiya.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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This museum is a great place for those who like sake, but also for those who like traditional Japanese houses and those who like beer, as the sake brewerer now also brews beer. They also sell sake and you can taste their wares before you decide which one to buy, which is quite a nice thing especially if like me you are not in the know.
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Kinshi Masamune Horino Memorial Museum / キンシ正宗 堀野記念館
Category Museums & Galleries
Phone +81 75-223-2072
Address 172, kameya-cho, Nijo-agaru, sakaimachi-dori Nakagyo, Kyoto, Japan 604-0811
Directions Get off the city subway at Marutamachi station, go upstairs from exit no. 7 and walk toward the south for approximately 7minutes
Open Hours 11am - 5pm(Admission until 4:30pm)
Reservations Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
Closed Closed on Tuesdays in Apr., May, Oct. and Nov. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in other months.
Price range
Adults ¥300 | Students ¥200 (with guide) Admission free for visiting only the shop. *For groups of 20 or more Adults ¥240
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
We not only provide pamphlets in English, but also all of our museum staff can speak English. Visitors can see a video in English explaining the sake making process.
Information Japanese, English
Lanuages spoken Japanese, English

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