Matsui Sake Brewery
Matsui Sake Brewery
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Neighbourhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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jtkomet
New York City, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
An amazing, amazing place. Me and my friends made a reservation for the tour and tasings a few weeks before the trip. The English-speaking male staff gave us a tour and he was extremely fun and knowledgeable. He attentively answered our every question both on the tour and at the tastings. A few reviews may have mentioned he was arrogant and we weren't sure before this trip, but we could see it was probably the customers who didn't follow the rules or were the problems, especially when you have a fully booked group tour by every whatever hour(s), being puctual is extremely important. Still, there were a few in my tour group who were very late and tried to squeeze themselves into the next tour, which was rejected. Also, in our group there was a couple who were chatting between themselves the whole tour. We were really, really annoyed by them. Overall, except for these clueless people who didn't follow the rule that kids could have learned in elementary school, we had a great experience and every single kind of sake they had was unbelievably delicious!
Written 24 April 2024
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Meg S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Excellent sake experience! Enjoyed drinking freshly made sake made in the facility.
Would have loved to bring back one to the states!
Written 19 April 2024
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Donut C
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Decent but overpriced sake. English tour is unpleasant due to tour guide whose every word spoken reeks of narcissism and arrogance. Not an experience I would recommend.

Go to another sake place instead. I recommend Nara Harushika.
Written 19 November 2023
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KP R
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Excellent sake tasting experience. Have as little or as much as you like in the self service sake machines.
We loved it!
Nice atmosphere and was a lovely walk along the river to get there for us.
Written 11 November 2023
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Indra B
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We just visited the place by chance, but if you make a reservation beforehand you can make a tour in the brewery. The guide is native English speaking and really fun and informative to talk to. We could join the tasting that took place after a tour and received really good explanations to the different types we tried. They are also really considerate of your luggage and you can send your purchase to your last hotel before your journey in Japan ends .
Written 10 May 2023
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Tara P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
My friends and I had the best time!! Very knowledgeable and experienced English speaking tour guide who is also one of the sake brewers. Had no idea how difficult sake is to brew and perfect, so much more respect for sake now. The sake we tried was delicious and naturally we all HAD to buy a bottle cause it was just too good. Just a short walk from the centre of Kyoto. More than worth the money!!
Written 17 February 2023
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Dorothy B
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
What a fantastic find! Our guide was informative and the sake was delicious. Wirth the trip. Make sure you get the English-tour for all the information.
Written 29 November 2022
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Whitney F
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We had an incredible experience here! George did an amazing job explaining all of the sake and it was unlike we had ever tasted. It was the best sake we have ever had! Very impressed with the value and quality.
Written 16 March 2020
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JayC
Melbourne, Australia113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
5 of us did the saké tour. The owner (who is a 15th generation inherited) gave us an English guided tour of the brewery out the back, followed by a personal tasting of 5 different types with generous servings. Multiple merchandise options. You can get very tipsy at an very affordable price.
Written 29 February 2020
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jtkomet
New York City, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I went with two other friends and ordered the 5-sake tasting, of which I loved two particular kinds. They were so delicious that I ended up buying the bottles!

The staff were so friendly and helpful. What was amazing was that this American employee who was a former NYC banker/sake sommelier attended to us explaining everything we were curious about sake. He was very knowledgeable and also told us that he was learning sake-making at the brewery as "an apprentice." I never knew sake had this deep history - the brewery was 300 years old with the 15th brewery master, who himself served the 5 sakes for us!

This was truly an amazing experience in Kyoto and I would recommend this place to anyone who is interested in not only tasing the delicious sake, but also learning about it in depth!
Written 5 January 2020
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