Hiroshima: Sake Town Tour in Saijo Hiroshima

Japan, Higashihiroshima

Traditional experience hosted by Arigato Travel

09:00 UTC
Upto 10 guests
Hosted in English

What you'll do?

Discover the district of Saijo, a hidden gem for sake fans boasting 8 breweries, 7 of which are situated along Sakagura-dori (Sake Brewery Street). Stroll through the historic streets going from brewery to brewery to enjoy tastings of local sake.

  • Enjoy a 3-hour sake themed tour of Saijo district in Hiroshima
  • Visit 4-6 local sake breweries to get a sense of the different varieties
  • See how a brewery works and learn about the production of the world’s best sake
  • Enjoy a local specialty hot-pot lunch only made in this small, historic town
  • Discover how the local water influences the flavor and quality of sake

Full description

Discover the neighborhood of Saijo in Hiroshima, the perfect destination for Sake fans due to its concentration of breweries along the waterfront. Find out how the water or, ‘shikomi mizu’, is essential for producing this local alcohol due to its medium hardness that is well suited for the brewing process. Discover the subtle differences in the water’s components which impact the taste of the sake at each brewery’s location.

Begin the tour with a tasting and sake explanation at Kamotsuru brewery, representative of Hiroshima sake. See how Kamotsuru boasts an impressive line up of 12 unique bottles. Witness many artifacts and learn about the brewing process. Please note that watching the sake brewing process is not available to the public in Japan due to sanitary and health inspection regulations.

Next, head off to try a local specialty hot-pot dish made with premium sake called Bishu Nabe, and other tasting plates made with Saijo ingredients. Learn about the history of this tasty dish at a local lunch spot. Please note that Bishu Nabe must be ordered in advance so last minute bookings may require an alternate lunch menu. After lunch, stroll through the picturesque streets and go brewery hopping. Sample many kinds of sake and sake based products in unique tasting rooms. Visit a local cafe and enjoy sweets and a snack break inspired by Japanese rice wine.

At each brewery, sample different kinds of sake. If you find a type you like, the brewery shops carry a huge variety for you to purchase and take home. Finish the tour with a new perspective on Saijo and an incredible knowledge of how sake is produced.


2 food stops

Sake tasting at 4-6 local sake breweries

Lunch and dessert

Shopping time

Local English-speaking guide

Important information

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Please advise supplier of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Arigato Travel's commitment to safety

This host committed to Sonema COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.