Foodie Friday: Where to Learn How to Appreciate Japanese Sake

Japan Press Trip Part 9

A shop and school in Kyoto sells a wide selection of sake and sake accessories. It also serves sake and other beverages as well as light snacks, meals, and sweets. Seminars in sake culture are also offered.

In the afternoon, travel writers on the Japan Press Trip are taken to Ozu Kyoto – maison du sake, a shop and school, where they are given a short course in sake culture.

We are taken to Ozu Kyoto – maison du sake, where an informative lecture – and several types of sake – await.

Housed in a machiya, or a traditional Kyoto syle trading house, the shop and school opened on 3 November 2015.

There is a retail space selling sake, sake accessories, and other products on the first floor. There is also a bar, where guests can consume sake as well as snacks, sweets, and light meals.

On the second floor is a tatami-floored space, where seminars on sake culture and other kinds of events are held.

Here are some examples of seminar topics …

  • A life with sake and woodworks by traditional Japanese craftsmen;
  • Luxurious time with various sake cups and implements;
  • How to enrich our meals with sake and seasonl elements;
  • Art de vicre with French home-style dishes and sake;
  • Spirt of Japanese hospitality by a traditional geiko.

Lectures are given by experts in their respective fields.

Our introduction to sake culture is informative and enjoyable. I am interested to learn, for example, that unlike with wine, the shape of the cup does not effect the sake’s flavour. It is primmarily aesthetic consideration.


Ozu Kyoto – maison du sake, 25 Konoe-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan. Telephone: +81 (0) 75 411 4102. Shop Website: Ozu Kyoto – maison du saki.

While in Kyoto, Michael Taylor was hosted by the following hotel: ibis Styles Kyoto Station

The hotel is across the street from Kyoto Station. It is 3 kilometres from the city centre.

The hotel is 90 minutes from Osaka Kansai International Airport, 45 miinutes from Osaka International Airport, 80 minutes from Kobe Airport, 2 hours from Nagoya Central Airport, and 50 minutes from Osaka Itami.


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