This private tour via sightseeing taxi will take you to locations in Kobe that are related to sake brewing. See fields where Yamada Nishiki — a type of rice that's used to make high-quality sake — is grown, enjoy the view from Mt. Rokko, and tour the famous Shushinkan brewery in Nada.
The port city of Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture is known for many things, one of them being high-quality sake from the Nada district, which is among Japan's best and largest sake-producing regions. On this sake-themed private tour via sightseeing taxi, you'll visit not only Nada itself, but also other locations in Kobe that are related to sake, such as Mt. Rokko, the source of the pure, fresh water that makes Nada sake so prized. To kick off the tour, you'll see fields where Yamada Nishiki short-grain rice is grown. Known as the "king of rice," Yamada Nishiki is famous and highly sought after by sake brewers for its water absorption qualities. It's considered the ideal rice for sake; as such, it's used for brewing premium sake. This type of rice can only grow under certain climate and terrain conditions; in Japan, the foot of Mt. Rokko is where it grows most abundantly, as this area provides all the right conditions for it to thrive. Then, passing by the scenic rural town of Ozo on the way, you'll head to Rokko Garden Terrace, a lifestyle complex near the top of Mt. Rokko. Take a look at the shops, check out the Rokko-Shidare Observatory for panoramic views of Kobe and the Akashi Strait, and take the Mt. Rokko cable car for even more scenic views. Next, you'll visit the wooden Nadame Waterwheel, which is actually comprised of two waterwheels: one large and one small. These are reconstructions of an important waterwheel that was used for sake brewing in ancient times but burned down in 1979. This historical attraction serves as a reminder of the Nada area's long history of sake brewing. Finally, you'll head to Nada for a self tour of the prestigious, long-running Shushinkan brewery, maker of the world-famous Fukuju brand. After the brewery tour, eligible guests will be dropped off at Kobe's Chuo Ward, marking the end of this sightseeing taxi tour. Alternatively, you can choose to end the taxi tour at Shushinkan for more shopping, dining, and sightseeing around Nada!