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月桂冠大倉記念館Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
  • Fushimi Area
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Fushimi Area
Minamihamacho, Fushimi-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 612-8045, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
Opening Hours
Obon holiday,Year-End and New Year Holidays
Date of post:2015/04/23

Museum of Sake, Japan’s indispensable beverage

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Since you are travelling in Japan, why don´t you enjoy the local cuisine with local liquor?
Kyoto is famous for producing sake, rice wine.

Sake has been playing an important role in Japanese culture. And it is indispensable for festivals, ceremonies and rituals. Japanese literature is abundant with stories in which sake was enjoyed at court banquets, moon - viewing parties and casual hours spent at the local pub.

A Japanese proverb says: “Sake is the best of all Medicines”
Sake has been thought to be an ingredient for healthy life. With appropriate amount of sake, you can improve cholesterol levels, blood pressure and memory - modern studies show.

Blessed with excellent water and the location, as a place of port connecting Osaka and Kyoto, sake had been brewed here from ancient times.

Along with the establishment of Fushimi Castle in the latter half of the 16th century, this district developed as a castle town and Sake industry thrived. The name of Fushimi as Sake brewing got more popularity throughout the country during the Edo period (from 17th century to the middle of the 19th century).

However, this place became one of the battle fields between Shogun supporting troops and imperial army at the end of Samurai age (in the middle of the 19th century). Almost all the breweries were burnt down. Okura sake brewery also sustained great damage but fortunately its main house and Sake storehouse escaped from total destruction. Cooperated with other breweries, Okura family made a great effort to revive the industry here. Today, the Fushimi district became one of the most famous places of sake brewing in Japan.

In Okura Sake Museum, in a big Japanese style house, lots of tools used for making sake in the old days are displayed and the processes of sake brewing are exhibited. Here, you will see things related to sake, hear the song sung by brewers of bygone days, smell the aroma and, at the final stage, taste sake. The company produces many kinds of sake suitable not only for men but also for women. Gekkeikan, (crown of laurel) is one of the most popular brand names of sake in Japan and is brewed in this Okura Sake Brewery.

After enjoying Sake at the museum I recommend you to walk around or to get on a 55 minutes cruise on the nostalgic boat in this area.

From the rows of graceful willow trees along the Horikawa River to the distinctive white walls of traditional sake breweries, Fushimi retains an air of Japan´s unique past.

Entrance fee: ¥300(JPY), Opening hours: 9:30-16:30

*Reference: Home Page of the museum

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