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Sake Brewery and Tasting Tour
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Sake Brewery and Tasting Tour

Learn the secrets of the local Japanese Sake, an integral part of the Japanese Culture!<br><br>Sake is one of the most famous alcoholic beverages in Japan and is mainly made with water and rice. Therefore, a good quality of Sake requires a great natural environment, such as you find in Nagano Prefecture, and more especially here in Matsumoto. This area is blessed with natural mineral-rich waters from the surrounding mountains and high quality rice from local farms!<br><br>Despite Sake tasting much like wine, the production of Sake is more like brewing beer and relies on similar fermentation techniques. <br><br>Learn all the different steps involved in producing Sake and experience a tour of a real Sake Brewery. Sample some of the different local Sake and discover all the secrets of producing great Sake for yourself!<br><br>Please note that in accordance with Japanese laws, people less than 20 years old are not allowed to drink alcohol. <br><br>Available in English and French.
$29.10 per adult
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phalanxye wrote a review Apr 2020
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan660 contributions105 helpful votes
One of the most beautiful and complete among Japan's original castles and is listed as National Treasure of Japan. Known for it's black exterior.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Peter R. wrote a review Apr 2020
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions63 helpful votes
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Matsumoto Castle is a flatland castle (i.e.: not built on a hilltop) dating back to 1594, and nicknamed "Crow Castle" due to its' black exterior. Unlike many Japanese castles it is not a modern reconstruction, rather it has undergone significant restorations between 1903 ~ 1913 (the great Meiji restoration) and 1950 ~ 1955 (the great Showa restoration). Interestingly the Meiji restoration was necessitated when the Castle-Keep developed a pronounced lean to one side. Although the lean was due to neglect coupled with a structural defect, many people attributed it to "the curse of Tada Kasuke" - a farmer executed in 1687. Arriving in Matsumoto late afternoon, too late for admission to the Inner Bailey, I had to make do with viewing the impressive Castle from outside the inner moat where there are a number of photo opportunities. It was well worth returning after dark too for the iconic night-time photograph of the floodlit castle.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Yi Qin wrote a review Mar 2020
Singapore, Singapore205 contributions44 helpful votes
A beautiful wooden castle in Matsumoto and the pride of the locals. We need to take off our shoe at the entrance of the castle to protect the structure. It was really crowded on the day we visited but everyone move in an orderly manner. We took the free guided tour and glad we did as it helps us learn more about the history of the castle at different period of time. The guide was very knowledgable and explains to us on interesting facts and the functions of each level with passion as we walk along. Stairs are quite steep especially at the top level and we get a see a great view of the city once we reach the top.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Didier G wrote a review Mar 2020
Kfar Saba, Israel144 contributions56 helpful votes
Matsumoto castle is a middle ages war castle ,wood built ,and it is right now exactly like in its time ,long ago ,a witness of this type of military architecture whith small windows, posts for archers and bows or boiling oil and ,very impressive the hard stairs ,almost ladders ,everything to make an assault more difficult. This is one of the jewels of Japan and the visit is really instructive. Not to be missed!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Fion wrote a review Mar 2020
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I like the experience visiting this Castle because the structure of the Castle is well preserved. I went during Dec 2019 and it was cold. You have to remove your shoes to enter and you'll be given plastic bags where you will need to bring them along your shoes with you. There are also some exhibits of the weapons used during war. The wooden stairs within the castle could be very steep, depending on which level you are at. Be sure to hold on to the railings for support. The view from the top floor is great! If you are at Matsumoto, I think this is a good place of interest to visit :)
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Date of experience: December 2019
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