Museum Floor Guide



The Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum has been created from a sake brewery built in 1909. It still retains the atmosphere of the old brewery with its earthen flooring with flagstone inlays where rice was washed, as well as its roof trusses made from Oregon pine beams.


This well was used to draw groundwater recharged deep beneath the naturally rich Momoyama Hills. Clean and containing little iron, this water is ideal for making sake and is used in the Sakekobo Mini-Brewery.


This spacious courtyard is surrounded by the craftsmen's residences, the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, and the Uchigura Sake Brewery. Barrels used to ferment sake were lined up in rows here and then dried under the sun.

Gekkeikan Sakekobo(optional tour)

This mini-brewery was set up inside a sake brewery in 1906. Guests can observe the process of moromi fermentation through glass windows in this old brewery (reservations required).

Exhibit Room I – Tools of the Trade

Wooden containers, sake barrels, paddles, and other tools used in making sake are divided by process and displayed in this room. The tools have been designated as Tangible Folk Cultural Properties of Kyoto City. Guests will be able to imagine the techniques used by craftsmen in the past, as well as have a feel of the traditional culture of sake brewing.

Exhibit Room II – Materials/Assets

This room exhibits sake drinking vessels from the Edo period, and products, advertising materials, and other precious artifacts from the Meiji and Taisho periods. Guests will be able to look back on the history of Gekkeikan since its founding.

Inner Garden

The garden features small mounds arranged in the middle and a stone pavement leading to the hexagonal gazebo. Guests can take a break from touring and rest on the benches in the gazebo.

Sake Tasting

Guests are welcome try three of our sake products in the lobby at the end of the tour: Retro-Bottle Ginjoshu, Tama-no-Izumi Daiginjo, and Plum Wine (sweet fruit sake).

Museum Shop

Guests may choose a souvenir of their visit at the shop. The selection includes sake that can only be bought at the museum, narazuke pickles, sake-manju cakes, sake lees (seasonal), and other original goods.