What does a Sake Adventure look like? How does it work? Where do we go? What do we see? What can we do? And, also quite important, what shall we drink? Let’s pair your sake experience with a unique Japan experience!
Much of what can be done depends on your schedule, but if you are unsure what to do please leave the details to us. We will ensure that your Sake Adventure is an experience of a lifetime. Let’s take a look at some possible itineraries.
For the sake elements of your adventure, rest assured that we will bring you to the heart of the sake kura (brewery) where sake is created. You will have the chance to see first hand the process, meet the people who craft sake, and of course time to taste and try a wide variety of original local sake. Working with the extensive network of sake kura in the Shikoku Sake Assocation there are many sake places to bring you that are close to the Japanese cultural activities you wish to experience.
Sake and Art: Kagawa prefecture is famous for its modern art islands. Come along for a tour of Naoshima, Teshima, and Megijima, three islands full of modern art museums and exhibits. Every three years the Setouchi Inland Sea Triennale is held and artists from around the world converge on the area.
Naoshima Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQamh4b05xE
Ethereal video of Teshima Art Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-53EMSOgRQ
Friendly video of visit to Megijima and Ogijima, two smaller art islands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN2ReRiFOUE
Which of these islands appeal to you? Let us know and we will put the schedule together for you. Art in the daytime, sake tasting and sake bars at night?
Sake and Nature: Kochi Prefecture, which is the largest of the four prefectures of Shikoku is full of great outdoor experiences to be had. There is much whale watching to be had from the region. There is the Muroto Global Geopark that attracts geologists from all over the world to see the earthquake-induced formations. Geologists are also keen on visiting the Shikoku Karst, where large limestone can be seen all over the landscape as cattle and sheep graze among them. The Niyodo river is a wide calm river that is ideal for outdoor camping, canoeing, and gentle nature hikes. The Shimanto River and Cape Ashizuri are also stunning. This part of Japan is the diametrical opposite of downtown Tokyo. You will hardly recognize that you are in the same country. Pastoral and calming, this is a place of deep healing and reconnecting with nature.
Short video showing a few of the above mentioned, and more : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KruuHl696y8
Beautiful Kochi Prefecture video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9A7tWH_-is
Sake and Pilgrimage: The whole of Shikoku has through it a ring of 88 sacred temples of the pilgrimage of Kukai, the Buddhist saint of Shingon Buddhism. You may see the white clad ohenro pilgrims walking with staff in hand, straw conical hats on head, stopping at temples to chant the Heart Sutra. People walk the pilgrimage for all kinds of reasons. Some in memorial for a lost one. Some in hope of making a new start. Some to explore the culture and tradition of Deep Japan. And you are most welcome too. Take a day, or two, or more if you like to experience and learn something you will never see in your hometown. Our guides will help you every step of the way so you don’t feel out of place, and can participate in the experiences as well!
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Sake and Festivals: One of the great treasures of an adventure to Japan is to check out and see local people in festival mode. The music, the shouting, the dancing, and the food and drink to enjoy alongside makes for treasured memories. Can you see yourself in any of the following festival environments?
The Yasokoi Festival in Kochi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt_G60DbcGg
The Awa Dance Festival in Tokushima: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYP3ekZks_s
The Uwajima Ushi-oni (cow-devil) Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dblb-rruBxs
Saijo Matsuri where giant portable shrines are carried around from morning until night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdLRnTT098M
Niihama Taiko Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V66aCQZ7xg