Sakagura

Okamura Honke

岡 村 本 家

Located near Lake Biwa and Hikone Castle.

Brief history of Okamura Honke

This is a historic sake brewery established 160 years ago, located in an area relatively close to Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa, and the national treasure, Hikone Castle. The brewery is known for its meticulous focus on polishing the rice used in sake production, offering products with polishing rates ranging from 10% to 100%. The lineup is unique in the sake industry, and the opportunity to taste different polishing rates is a special experience available only here.

The surrounding area features the picturesque scenery of traditional Japanese countryside, with well-preserved old houses and rice fields dating back to around 100 years ago. It provides a chance to experience the leisurely atmosphere and time of rural Japan.

Sake Discovery Special

An inside look

Sakagura Okamura Honke offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes facility tour, a unique experience not typically offered in traditional brewery tours. During the tour, you’ll gain insights into the brewery’s rich history and learn about the intricate sake-making process.

Comparative Tasting

Dive into a world of sake sophistication with our unique comparative tasting featuring diverse polishing ratios. Explore the nuanced flavors of each variant, expertly crafted to perfection.

Premium Sake Tasting

Indulge in an exquisite experience as you savor 8 different types of premium sake, including aged sake, accompanied by locally produced specialty snacks.

Tour Options

Standard Tour | Premium Tour

*Prices displayed in this page are tax included.

Standard Tour

¥15,000 / person


Sakagura Tour

An exclusive behind-the-scene Sakagura tour.

Premium Sake Tasting

8 types of premium sakes including aged sake.

Special Gift

1 bottle (300ml) of Daiginjou and an original sake cup.

Tour Detail

Price

¥15,000 with Tax

Duration

60 minutes

Interpreter

Available

Capacity

2-10 people

Tour Type

Private

Dates

Every day

※The brewery is closed between December 30th 2023 and January 4th 2024

※The images displayed may differ from the actual images you see on the tours.

Premium Tour

¥20,000 / person


Sakagura Tour

An exclusive behind-the-scene sakagura tour.

Premium Sake Tasting

Immerse yourself in a unique tasting experience within the enchanting private salon situated on the second floor of a historic sakagura that boasts a century and a half of legacy. Here, you can savor 8 premium sakes, including the aged variety.

Special Lunch Box

Wagyu Shabu shabu and traditionally prepared Japanese cuisine.

Special Gift

1 bottle (300ml) of Daiginjou and an original sake cup.

Tour Detail

Price

¥20,000 / person

Duration

90 minutes

Interpreter

Available

Capacity

2-10 people

Tour Type

Private

Dates

Every day

※The brewery is closed between December 30th 2023 and January 4th 2024

※The images displayed may differ from the actual images you see on the tours.

Sakagura Access

〒521-1165 Shiga Ken Inukami Gun Toyosato Cho Yoshida 100

From JR Inae station
Approximately 10 minutes by taxi.

From Toyosato sation on Oumi Railways
Approximately 20 minutes on foot.

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    Tour Terms of Use

    ⚫︎ The tour reservation will be confirmed when we receive the tour fee.

    ⚫︎ We do not provide refunds for cancellations made by customers after the tour reservation is confirmed or for leaving the tour during its execution.

    ⚫︎ If you fail to arrive at the meeting place by the starting time, the tour may be unable to proceed, and no refund will be provided.

    ⚫︎ If a customer engages in actions that violate laws or public order and morals, we may refuse their continued participation in the tour. Furthermore, in the event of damage or loss to the sake brewery facilities, buildings, equipment, or fixtures resulting from customer negligence, intentional or otherwise, we may request compensation regardless of intent.

    ⚫︎ Unforeseen circumstances, such as the ill health of sake brewery staff and guides or natural disasters, may lead to changes in the tour's content or its cancellation. In case of cancellation, we will provide a full refund of the tour fee.

    ⚫︎ Our tours are intended for customers aged 20 and over. Customers under 20 years old are not eligible to participate. If the participation of a minor or age misrepresentation is discovered, we may immediately decide to cancel or suspend the tour, with no refund provided in case of cancellation.

    ⚫︎ This agreement is governed by Japanese law, and any disputes related to this contract will be under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Osaka District Court or the Osaka Summary Court.

    《Prohibited Items》

    ⚫︎ Please refrain from consuming fermented foods like natto before the tour or bringing them into the facility.

    ⚫︎ Use of perfumes and hair products should be minimized.

    ⚫︎ Please refrain from driving a vehicle after tasting (drivers are not allowed to taste).

    ⚫︎ If actions contrary to the above agreement are observed, we may immediately decide to cancel the tour, with no refund provided in case of cancellation.

    《Privacy Policy》

    ⚫︎ We will collect and retain only the minimal personal information required with your consent.

    ⚫︎ Personal information may be used for "SAKE DISCOVERY" related business, among other purposes.

    ⚫︎ Unnecessary personal information will be destroyed after a certain period.

    ⚫︎ Photos and videos taken by our staff and guides during the tour are copyrighted by us and may be used for our promotional activities. Please note this, and if you wish to refuse the usage, please inform us or the guide in advance.

    《Cancellation Policy》

    ⚫︎ Cancellations made by 17:00 (JST) 21 days before the tour date, including the tour date, will not incur any cancellation fees. (However, a 5% refund handling fee will be deducted from the total amount.)

    ⚫︎ Cancellations made from 20 days to 14 days before the tour date will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total amount plus a 5% refund handling fee.

    ⚫︎ Cancellations from 13 days before the tour date and thereafter are not eligible for a refund.

    All the above-mentioned dates and times are based on Japan Standard Time.

    《Regarding Schedule and Visiting Brewery Changes》

    ⚫︎ Changes cannot be made from 13 days before the tour date.

    ⚫︎ Changes made before 14 days before the tour date will only be accepted if the brewery and interpreter guide's schedules allow. However, if it is not possible to change the schedules of the brewery and interpreter, you must either cancel according to the above cancellation policy or choose to proceed with the tour as originally planned. Please respond within 24 hours after our email regarding the tour options. If there is no response within the specified time, it will be considered as a voluntary cancellation.

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