Sake Brewery Tourism in Kansai

Which area of Japan do you associate with sake production?
Niigata, a famous rice-producing region, or Akita and other Tohoku prefectures may spring to mind.
However, you may be surprised to learn that Kansai is Japan’s top sake production region in terms of volume. Yes, you heard it: Kansai is Japan’s preeminent sake production region, which includes Hyogo Prefecture (nationwide ranking: 1st) and Kyoto Prefecture (nationwide ranking: 2nd). Kansai’s ten prefectures (Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, Tokushima Prefecture, Fukui Prefecture, and Mie Prefecture), including the renowned Nadagogo and Fushimi sake districts, are home to many sake breweries that are rooted in the community. Here, a variety of distinctive styles of sake are brewed by long-standing breweries with a distinguished history, small-scale breweries, breweries creating stylish sake catering for modern tastes, and more.

Sake Brewery Tourism in Kansai

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Tourism in Kansai
An Exciting Journey Packed with Quintessential Japan

Tourists, both domestic and international, often say that they would like to visit Kansai again. Perhaps this is because there really is no other place like Kansai in Japan, a region with diverse local cultures which somehow seems to maintain a sense of unity.
Nara and Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heartland, are home to many Buddhist temples. Mountainous Wakayama, meanwhile, boasts stunning natural scenery, with Mt. Koya continuing to be a place of spirituality for many people irrespective of religion. In Osaka, you can encounter lively people and enjoy vibrant cuisine, while the port town of Kobe is a great place to wander around and immerse yourself in fashionable streets. Simply put, Kansai is a diverse place brimming with character and charm that defies simple labels.
The region’s distinctive history has given rise to today’s streetscapes, artforms and culinary cultures, which continue to change and evolve to this day. It is here that you will have unique encounters like no other, where you will enjoy local cuisine and meet friendly people. So please come and experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey in Kansai, a place of history where both new and old meet.