Sake Tasting in Kyoto With Your Own Handmade Wooden Cup
"Make a sake cup out of local wood with the help of a master craftsman, and use it to sample sake at a local brewery while learning about this traditional Japanese alcohol."
Sake (or more specifically, “nihonshu” in Japanese) is the most well-known alcoholic beverage from Japan, made from fermenting polished rice. The centuries-old craft of sake making is an integral part of Japanese culture, and throughout history it has been served as an offering to the gods. It is such a culturally-significant product that there are even donated sake barrels on display at prominent Shinto shrines across Japan.

Today, sake is served and enjoyed around the world, but there’s no better way to learn about sake than with a visit to a local sake brewery in Kyoto.

For use in the sake tasting to follow, you’ll make a sake cup from scratch during this hands-on experience. With your choice of fragrant wood and design, a craftsman will help guide you through the process of making your very own cup. Learn how to use the woodcrafting machines to create a cute, practical, and one-of-a-kind souvenir from Kyoto.

After the woodworking experience, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in a charming, Ghibli-esque Japanese restaurant. During your traditional teishoku meal, you’ll be able to sample a variety of colorful dishes made from local ingredients.

Finally, you’ll explore a local sake brewery and learn about how they turn rice grains into a fragrant alcoholic beverage. Sample sake straight from the barrel, while gaining an appreciation for all the work that goes into creating this 15-22% ABV alcohol.


  • Create a handcrafted sake cup out of sugi or cherry blossom wood
  • Learn about the process of distilling sake at a local brewing
  • Sample a variety of locally made sake
  • Enjoy a home-style teishoku lunch from a local restaurant


  • Materials for making a sake cup
  • Sake samples from the brewery
  • Guided tour and explanation of sake brewery