Saijyo is well known for Sake, one of the Japan top 3 Sake towns. The sake served at dinner held by Japan Prime Minister Abe for Former US President Obama is from Saijyo.
There are seven sake breweries within a 15-minute-walking distance in Saijyo. The streets are lined with the beautiful white walls and red-brick chimneys, telling us of their long histories.
During Sake making season, white steam comes out of their buildings in the morning, and the good sake brew aroma is adrift in the street all the day.
We walk around the Sake breweries to:
Compare the different brands and find your most favorite through sake tasting
Learn how to make Sake
Enjoy traditional Sake town scenery
We also visit Matsuo / Mitate Shrines where God of Sake is enshrined to deep dive into Japan cultures.
Sake tasting at Sake town
Japan cultures at shrines
Tour Prices (JPY/person)
Adult: 8,000 (3 persons~) / 7,000 (5 persons~) / 6,000 (8 persons~)
Spouse or kid above 11 years old: 500 off
Kid from 6 to 11 years old: 1,000
Infant from 0 to 5 years old: 500
The number of participants mean the total of adults, spouses and kid above 11 years old
JPY 1,000 to be deducted from adult if you have JR West Railroad Pass
Mitaki Temple - Established about 1,200 years ago by Kobo Daishi - same as Mt. Misen in Miyajima Island. Once stepped in, you may feel as if you were in a mysterious atmosphere. It is also the most famous place for autumn red leaves in Hiroshima.
Japanese cuisine lunch at Kyoto-style Japanese restaurant - Menu varies, depending on seasons and availability.
Zen Meditation at a Zen temple - Meditation is done at Zen Hall with monk(s) and local people at a Zen temple. Zen lets you find out who you really are. After 30 min. of the lecture on how to do, you can initiate Zen meditation, then communicate with the monks and local people for a while.
(Photo source: Zen Meditation experience by Soto Hokushinetsu-Kanku Kyoka Center homepage -- Reference only)
Hiroshima Toshogu Shrine - Established about 400 years ago. Ieyasu Tokugawa who initiated the Edo Period and is one of the most famous shoguns is ensured. The Tokugawa Shogunate was the longest period of governance by samurai in Japanese history.
Myojoin Temple - Established about 200 years ago to pray for the feudal load's mother. You'll well notice the different structures and looking from shrines. We go into the main hall.
Nigitsu Shrine - Established about 200 years ago with high prestige structures such as Mukaikaramon Gate, which is used only for Shogun and Feudal Lord, and land elevation to worship the key persons of Asano Clan who governed Hiroshima over 200 years. You'll notice some tracks of the A-bombing in the shrine precinct.
Goshuin-cho & Fortune Telling Paper Strip - Let's get the signatures of Toshogu Shrine and Nigitsu Shrine on a Goshuin-cho (see examples below) as a witness for your visit after worshiping there. It is included in the tour package. The goshuin-cho can be used for all shrines even after this tour. You can also draw the fortune telling paper strip to verify your happiness.
Break with local sweet or food - Menu varies, depending on seasons and availability. See examples below.