Enjoy Sake @ Kyoto!

"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil, and fear her danger; opens a new world, when this, the present, palls." Lord Byron

If you are a drinker, you all know that any alcoholic beverage can make you happy and gives you courage to go through any hardships; You do not have to ask Lord Byron for that. I am writing this to lure you into adding a pleasure of drinking sake into your bucket list, more so if you are in Japan, and in Kyoto, where the great sake country of Fushimi breweries lies just in the southern part of the imperial city.
left: Fushimi Inari Shrine right: Matsumoto brewery (Fushimi)

Fushimi Town, located approximately 9 km south of central Kyoto City, is one of the most renowned sake producing district in Japan. Affluent underground water supply from Momoyama Fault granted Fushimi of its name, which originally derives from "fushi-mizu" (place where water supply lies underground). Being a canal hub town from the beginning 17th century connecting Kyoto and the financial town of Osaka brought people in transportation industry into Fushimi, thus making here a lively spot. When there are people, you need alcohol for lubricant :D This is one of the reason why Fushimi was made a great sake district!
There are 28 breweries (Kura-moto in Japanese) registered at local Fushimi Sake Maker's Association (as of 2006). Some breweries are open for tasting daily, and there even are some festivals when you can taste the brands Fushimi prides upon.

Gekkeikan Okura Museum

→This museum, built on the real former traditional brewery site used by the leading company of Gekkeikan, introduces you to the facinating history of sake brewing with their collection of traditional brewing tools, and of course, with the sake tasting!

Fushimi Nihon-shu (sake) Matsuri (Festival) (in Japanese)


→11 breweries will be open to public, serving their sake to the customers on March 21, along with the sake tasting event at 2 places (Goko-gu shrine, Fushimi Yume Hyakushu with pre-sold tickets)

Enjoy Sake at Kyoto, Fushimi this spring!:D