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Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto provided by Biwako Backroads

Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto

Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3–4 hours
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3–4 hours
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Kinomoto is a charming old brewery town blessed by an abundant source of fresh water. As a former post station town of Edo era kaido routes, the town has retained much of its historical charm, without heavily catering to tourism, but rather sustaining its natural community and identity of local family businesses that have thrived here for centuries. After meeting up at JR Maibara Station (shinkansen stops here), our guide will lead you on the 24-minute train ride north to JR Kinomoto Station. Here we will give a walking tour including 2 sake breweries, both among the 10 oldest operating in Japan, as well as a traditional soy sauce brewery. We can meet the staff of these family-owned businesses, taste samples, and aside the winter brewing season, if not busy, they'll often show us around the actual brewing area behind the storefront. We'll also visit the large local Buddhist temple, a central presence in local culture, and local shops such as traditional confectioneries and bakeries.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Japanese, English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Japanese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 146959P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Insurance
  • Professional Guide
Exclusions
  • Local train fare between Maibara and Kinomoto
  • Complementary tasting often provided, but other drinks should be purchased.
  • We don't provide snacks, but there are many spots to buy along the way.
Duration
3–4 hours
Departure details
  • Maibara Station, Japan, 〒521-0012 Shiga, Maibara, Maihara, 米原市米原 Our guide will meet you in JR Maibara Station by the main ticket gates.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Insurance
  • Professional Guide
Exclusions
  • Local train fare between Maibara and Kinomoto
  • Complementary tasting often provided, but other drinks should be purchased.
  • We don't provide snacks, but there are many spots to buy along the way.
Departure details
  • Maibara Station, Japan, 〒521-0012 Shiga, Maibara, Maihara, 米原市米原 Our guide will meet you in JR Maibara Station by the main ticket gates.
Duration
3–4 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Maibara Station
    Japan, 〒521-0012 Shiga, Maibara, Maihara, 米原市米原
    Our guide will meet you in JR Maibara Station by the main ticket gates.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Daiko Soy Sauce
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Tomita Shuzo
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Kinomoto Jizoin Temple
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Yamaji Brewery
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Bee12Traveler
Oakland, CA1 contribution
Jun 2019
This tour of Kinomoto was fantastic and a true highlight of our family trip to Japan. We especially enjoyed learning about brewing soy sauce at Tomita Shuzo (and we savor the delicious bottle that we brought home with us) plus seeing all the frogs and doing the pitch dark maze at Kinomoto Jizoin. Most of our trip was otherwise in large cities so it was rewarding to gain new perspective visiting this small town and interacting with local artisans. Our guide was excellent and provided insight and access we never would have discovered on our own. I highly recommend this experience!
Written 1 May 2020
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H & L
1 contribution
Feb 2020
In Feb 2020 we arranged a private tour initery and went to Kinomoto as part of our schedule. Thanks Biwako Backroads for a wonderful day. The pace of our schedule was perfect for us (50s), our guides knowledgeable and charming. This was one of our most interesting days in Japan, as we really felt we we experiencing local areas, sites and business that we would never have found on our own, and got to do it all with guides who spoke english and Japanese. We really felt we were able to have more interesting conversations as a result.
Written 31 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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"Beautiful Adventure"
This tour is fantastic and a lot of fun. The guides are all very friendly and knowledgable about the area. If you'r
49fr_d_ricm
49fr_d_ricm
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Breath-taking sights
A friend and I decided to go on the tour, not knowing what to expect from it. Turns out it was one of the highlight
bella6545
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Awesome experience! highly recommend
My friends and I went on the Half-Day Bike Tour around Maibara, Japan. The weather was perfect and the mountain bik
jcgau27
jcgau27
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Must do
The tour was great! It was well designed, had a lot of different views, and was full of interesting information abo
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