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Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto
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Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto

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Kinomoto is a charming old brewery town blessed by an abundant source of fresh water. As a former post station town of Edo era kaido routes, the town has retained much of its historical charm, without heavily catering to tourism, but rather sustaining its natural community and identity of local family businesses that have thrived here for centuries.<br><br>After meeting up at JR Maibara Station (shinkansen stops here), our guide will lead you on the 24-minute train ride north to JR Kinomoto Station. Here we will give a walking tour including 2 sake breweries, both among the 10 oldest operating in Japan, as well as a traditional soy sauce brewery. We can meet the staff of these family-owned businesses, taste samples, and aside the winter brewing season, if not busy, they'll often show us around the actual brewing area behind the storefront.<br><br>We'll also visit the large local Buddhist temple, a central presence in local culture, and local shops such as traditional confectioneries and bakeries.
$86.37 per adult
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Soraname wrote a review Oct 2018
Sao Paulo, SP9 contributions1 helpful vote
Went there mainly to visit Kaiyodo Museum but we found lots of good food! Try the sweet potato sweets, they're worth it!
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Date of experience: February 2018
Frances S wrote a review Jun 2018
Osaka4 contributions1 helpful vote
There are lots of great glass galleries in the traditional buildings around Kurokabe square. I picked up some unique pieces at very reasonable prices.
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Date of experience: May 2018
Bridget H wrote a review Oct 2017
1 contribution1 helpful vote
The square is within easy walking distance of the train station, and the glass shop was the first place we stopped. I think I wandered around inside there for an hour, because there were so many cool products to look at, and the building itself has a old feeling to it. There were fancy and expensive glass goods, but also a bunch of smaller trinkets of animals, food, characters, etc. We then walked briefly through the square, which is covered and feels pretty traditional, plus it has giant wooden bugs on some of the pillars, which was cool. We went into the figurine museum, and even though I didn't go into the exhibit, there was still a lot to see in the gift shop and entryway area. Lots of gatcha-pon with some more expensive, complicated prizes, and a whole bunch of figures and local souvenirs. Everything started to close around 6, but I'd go back earlier in the day to shop around some more and try some of the black ice cream (because kuro means black?) I saw one place selling.
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Date of experience: September 2017
Kat T wrote a review Jun 2016
821 contributions71 helpful votes
Went as part of a day trip to Hikone (in the morning) and here (in the afternoon). My guidebook and the local tourist info pitch the black colour of the shops' exteriors as a selling point, and at a few spots you will get the feeling that you have travelled back away from the 21st century. But this feeling only happens at a few places. The entire Kurokabe Square, so to speak, were about 3 streets in parallel for about 4 (short) blocks. It's not the size of a theme park. Can be walked around in 20 minutes. The area may call up more of your time if you stop by some of its shops & restaurants. Some of the shops still use fairly antique (by mass production standards) handiwork and machinery to make their products. See pictures. At the time of my visit, it was cherry blossom season and there weren't too many people (even Japanese) there. Felt slightly off the normal tour / backpacking trail. Can be combined with a visit to the eastern shores of Lake Biwa on the other side of Nagahama JR if weather permits (it was fairly cloudy most of the afternoon when I was there).
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Date of experience: March 2016
emster2029 wrote a review Nov 2015
Singapore, Singapore960 contributions67 helpful votes
We passed by Nagahama on the way to Hikone. The Square is a few restored buildings of the18th Century with souvenir shops for the local tourists. We tried out some of the local snacks which we uniquely tasty.
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Date of experience: November 2015
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