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Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, Kyoto

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  • A Museum in quick, interesting and rewarding visit. Members of staff are friendly, the place is picturesque and there is a tasting at the end. We know more now!
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  • During our stay in Kyoto, we decided to go visit a winery's sake, deciding us by GEKKEIKAN OKURA, which is also a museum. Caught at the entrance of central station, where are all the bus lines, the bus No. 81 to the stop CHUSHOJIMA. Stop at the winery a short walk. Once at the entrance pay tickets (300Y/5 ' €5 per person), but with them gave us a small bottle of sake in plastic to each one, ideal to carry in your suitcase to Spain (and also I can assure you that it is very good). This same bottle can be purchased in the shop of the winery, using every unit 300Y. We asked if they had guided tours in English but only had in Japanese, a pity, because it seemed an interesting place. The Museum is not very big but nice and it seemed to us that it was all well explained (in Japanese, clear) by the many posters that had. In the first area they told how sake is made, in the following rooms had different instruments, models, bottles, stamps, old photos, etc, and I was then passed to the tasting area. It turns out that when we finish the visit we had realized that the man who distributed to visitors at the exit door was the only English speaking, and also quite well. We told him that it was a pity that he was there giving way instead of making guided visits in English or attending at the box office, as the girl who sold us the tickets was pretty antipatica and didn't understand a Word. By what we could talk to him, which briefly explained some things about the winery, the font that is seen at the start of the visit is the key that the sake of Kyoto is so good, the quality of the water in the area. After the visit had one very old in a bar Lady handing out sake so we probásemos visitors. He gave us two distinct, one most basic and the most expensive making the winery, coming in a spectacular bottle. In addition it served us a little wine of plum that was rich but too sweet for my taste. We went to the store and got us crazy once we saw low prices of all products. We could not resist to buy a set of pitcher and typical ceramic vessels that used to serve sake in Japan. We also had one bottle of sake and two cans of amazake. We pay for all 2110Y / €20, a bargain. Same sakes of the winery we had seen them in the combinis but rather expensive. Also in the store also had option to try other series of products in which intervenes sake as, for example, vegetable macerated remove Lees (my partner liked it but to me I found that they had a very strong and unpleasant taste). We left the winery and took a stroll around the area, which is very nice and pleasant, because it passes a small river which formerly went out the boatloads of the bodgas sake to be sold. The houses were knee-deep and wood, quite traditional. It is a highly recommended visit.
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  • Okurayama Memorial Hall, historical feel, like you're an extraordinary space time spending. You can know the history of the relationship between sake and fresh pair and Takayama Ukon. Made of 3 types of wine tasting, with a souvenir ever.
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  • The staff here is very pleasant. I was late to the tour but the staff at the museum let me in anyways and caught me up to the tour group. I lucked out because the tour is entirely in Japanese but there happened to be a tour guide from another company there translating for her customers. If you don't happen to luck out as I did don't worry. Although the tour guide only speaks Japanese there are signs everywhere for each exhibit that explain everything in several other languages, including English. To make a good experience better you get a small bottle of sake with each purchase of a ticket.
  • Sake has been made here for almost 400 years. The museum explains how, as well as Gekkeikan's breakthrough contributions to the process. At the end of the visit we could taste two different sake (one of them is pretty good and only for sale at the museum) and plum wine. There is also a small shop which obviously sells sake and some sembei.
  • Small quaint place that introduces the process of sake making, has some English signages. Entry is 300 Yen per adult, with complimentary sake samples per person, and free tasting of 3 different drinks (sake, wine) at the end of the exhibition. Fun, unusual spot to go to, and many sake breweries around the area to visit as well.
  • Cute museum which is a bit difficult to find, given there is nothing in the way of Western signage. Inside is fairly small, so it's worth waiting if a coachload has just arrived. They don't stay long, then you can drift through at your leisure.
  • This was a cute side stop after visiting the Fushimi-Inari shrine trying the fresh clean water used to make sake and then touring the museum that explains how sake is made-ours was not a guided tour. They give you a free 180ml bottle with your 300yen tour ticket. Then after walking through the small museum we got to do a free tasting of sake. Everyone was very nice. We ended up buying a few bottles of sake and plum wine and they were very reasonably priced.

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