Shore Excursion Details

Architecture & Sake Museum of Kobe

Himeji, Japan

Architecture & Sake Museum of Kobe


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    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Meal

Recognize the craftsmanship behind some of Kobe’s finest architecture by browsing a carpentry museum, followed by an enlightening look at sake production at a museum dedicated to Japan’s most iconic drink. The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is the only venue of its kind in Japan, and its collection of mostly hand tools is astounding. The museum building is equally remarkable, as master craftsmen built it using traditional techniques and materials such as juraku clay and Ibushi-smoked roof tiles. The Kikumasamune Sake Museum is just as devoted to the finer points of Japan’s revered rice wine. Besides gaining an understanding of how sake is processed, you will sample a selection of the drink, whose origins predate recorded history. Kobe’s acclaimed Nada district is Japan’s largest sake producer, so expect the tastes to vary. Back in Himeji, you will pause at its elegant castle, a 17th-century landmark so distinctive that it earned a UNESCO World Heritage site designation.

• Browse the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, the only one of its kind in Japan.
• See how sake is produced at the museum dedicated to it and then sample some sake.
• Behold Himeji Castle, an outstanding example of 17th-century Japanese castle architecture.

Need to Know:

This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary. Please bring local currency for any purchases. The drinking age in Japan is 20 years old.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks
Local Food-Wine Tasting

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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