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Sake brewery guided tour: 2019 "Kurabiraki" open day
Experience the 26th Annual Kainokaiun 'Kurabiraki' and enjoy the seasonal festivities in winter.
Enjoy festive 2019 ‘Kurabiraki’!
This 2-hour private guided tour visits the 26th Annual Kainokaiun 'Kurabiraki' open day at Ide sake brewery.
Located at the northern foot of Mt. Fuji, Ide brewery, the brewer of Japanese sake Kainokaiun, has operated for over 300 years since the Edo period and prospered as one and only sake brewery in Fuji Five Lakes region.
What is "Kurabiraki"?
It's a sake brewery's annual open day event, festivities celebrating the brewing of new sake. Since ancient times, sake breweries have invited people to their cellars on a lucky day at the beginning of the year, traditionally in February in Mt. Fuji area, and held a variety of events such as introducing sake brewing process and tasting the year's new sake.
You participate and enjoy many fun activities organized by the brewery and your tour guide is right with you for communication/interpretation. With (or without?) the help of sake, you may find yourself mingling with other Japanese locals there.
Touring the brewery through sake brewing process with detailed explanation by the chief brewer
Sake tasting quiz to enjoy and judge the variety
Fresh new brew of sake to taste and Kurabiraki limited sake also available
Enjoy warm 'Kasujiru', soup made with sake lees
Various dishes/foods to sample at stalls set up by locals
Receive 'Choku', a sake cup, and souvenir at the venue
Private tour (single booking) for up to 6 persons
Price: From JPY 12,000/tour
Duration: 2 hours
Starts/Ends: Kawaguchiko Station in Fujikawaguchiko town, Yamanashi
Admission fee of JPY 500 (free for children under 12), Payable at the venue
Miscellaneous personal expenses such as food, drink and souvenirs
Adults over 20 as the tour involves sake tasting, i.e. alcohol drinking