Kobayashi Sake Brewery and Old Residence Tour

The Kobayashi Sake Brewery was established in Hokkaido in 1878, during the pioneering age of the island. This program takes you on a guided tour of the Kobayashi brewery site, including the sake brewery facility, the memorial hall, the old Kobayashi residence, and the souvenir shop. You can really feel the history of the place as you learn about the Kobayashi family and their sake-making process. The tour includes a snack in the Kobayashi residence and lunch in the site’s restaurant.

Most of the brewing staff in the Kobayashi Sake Brewery are also local rice or crop farmers. You can see the facility where they make their sake, including their flagship product called “Kita-no-Nishiki”. 
Note: The tour of the brewing facility will only be held if there are at least 10 participants in the tour.

You can also visit the memorial hall and a souvenir shop where you can sample the sake before buying your preferred bottle.

The old Kobayashi residence was built in 1897 by the founder Yonezaburo Kobayashi, and was used as an actual home until 2013. Inside, you can see large tapestries created from old kimonos. These have been preserved by the ladies of the house through successive generations.

After the tour of the old residence, you can take a rest at an irori hearth while enjoying a snack of traditional sweets, matcha tea, and amazake (a non-alcoholic drink made from fermented rice).

For lunch, you will visit a restaurant in the brewery site, where you can enjoy a bowl of soba noodles made from Hokkaido buckwheat.

Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.


9:50 Meetup at Kobayashi Shuzo parking lot
10:00 Guided tour of brewery, memorial hall, and souvenir shop
10:50 Guided tour of old Kobayashi residence (including snack)
12:30 Lunch at restaurant
13:30 Tour finish
Tour name Kobayashi Sake Brewery and Old Residence Tour
Available period Available all year round
Time 9:50-13:30 (3 hours 40 minutes)
Participants Minimum 5 persons, maximum 15 persons (minimum 10 persons for the brewery tour)
Fee ¥5,000 per person
Transportation by bus or taxi (inquire for details)
Guided tour, sweets, lunch, tour insurance
Not included Transportation costs, personal expenses
Things to bring Warm clothing
Meetup Location

Kobayashi Shuzo parking lot
Address: Nishiki 3-chome 109, Kuriyama-cho, Yubari-gun, Hokkaido
Access: Take the JR train to Kuriyama Station, then walk to the northwest direction for around 850 meters (10 minutes).
Mapcode: 320 812 084*03
Notes ・Please reserve at least 7 days in advance.
・Depending on the circumstances of the brewery, we may not be able to accommodate your preferred tour date.
・If there are less than 10 participants, the tour of the brewery will not be held (only the memorial hall, the Kobayashi residence, and the shop will be included)
・Tour route of the Kobayashi residence may change slightly depending on the season, and the tour may include other participants from the general public.
・Taking photographs is prohibited in some areas during the tour.
・The tour may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

Cancellation Fee:
・2 or more days before the tour date: full refund
・1 day before the tour date: 40% of the tour fare
・On the day of the tour prior to the start time: 50% of the tour fare
・No show: 100% of the tour fare