Private Tour - Ogawamachi: The Land of Washi Paper and Sake Brewing

[Private Tour] Visit the historic town of Ogawamachi, also known as “Small Kyoto”.

Learn about traditional Japanese paper; washi and Japanese sake in Ogawamachi, a town built around a river, roughly an hour away from central Tokyo. Ogawa, meaning small river, is where the name of this town comes from, and the water of this river is what is used in creating Ogawamachi’s washi and sake.

The creation process of washi in this town is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and on this tour you will get the chance to try it yourself! You will also visit a sake brewing factory and a 100% locally produced and consumed craft beer shop where you can taste local drinks.

Make sure to explore the old back streets of Ogawamachi that have stayed unchanged for centuries!
* Duration: 5 to 6 hours
* Starts: Ogawa, Japan
* Trip Category: Food, Wine & Nightlife >> Sake Tasting and Brewery Tours




[Private Tour] Visit the historic town of Ogawamachi, also known as “Small Kyoto”.

Learn about traditional Japanese paper; washi and Japanese sake in Ogawamachi, a town built around a river, roughly an hour away from central Tokyo. Ogawa, meaning small river, is where the name of this town comes from, and the water of this river is what is used in creating Ogawamachi’s washi and sake.

The creation process of washi in this town is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and on this tour you will get the chance to try it yourself! You will also visit a sake brewing factory and a 100% locally produced and consumed craft beer shop where you can taste local drinks.

Make sure to explore the old back streets of Ogawamachi that have stayed unchanged for centuries!

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Stop At: Saitama traditional crafts Hall, 1220 Ogawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0321, Japan

See 30 traditional crafts of Saitama Prefecture at this craft center. You can also experience Japanese traditional paper making here.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: 株式会社 門倉商店, 1169-1 Ōtsuka, Ogawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0328, Japan

・Kadokura Japanese Paper: Visit the long-established paper shop that creates paper that has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Musashitsuru Brewery, 243 Otsuka, Ogawa-machi, Hiki-gun 355-0328 Saitama Prefecture

One of the three sake breweries in Ogawamachi. It is a small brewery that swears by the traditional brewing method to create the unchanging taste of sake.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Seiun Shuzo Co., Ltd., 178-2 Ōtsuka, Ogawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0328, Japan

・Seiun Sake Brewery: A company that uses local water and local paper in producing sake.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tochimoto Shinsui Park, 948 Aoyama, Ogawa-machi, Hiki-gun 355-0324 Saitama Prefecture

Visit the beautiful river that created and supported Ogawamachi’s sake and paper industry.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: 麦雑穀工房, 88-6 Ōtsuka, Ogawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0328, Japan

・Mugi Zakkoku Kobo Micro Brewery: Try their 100% wheat and hops beer. The wheat and hops are grown organically.

Duration: 50 minutes