On September 30th, 2023, the highly anticipated Musashi no Kuni no Sake Festival will be held at the Ookunitama Shrine in Fuchu City, Tokyo. Dive into a vibrant celebration of sake, hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Sake Brewers Association.
At the heart of the festival is the Ookunitama Shrine, revered for its connection to the guardian deity of brewing. With its rich history and spiritual significance, the festival aims to invigorate both the local community and the broader Japanese sake culture.
What’s on Offer?
Sake aficionados will be spoilt for choice, with an array of Japanese sakes from all over the country available for tasting. You’re in for a delightful 120-minute sake-tasting spree! For those seeking a light and refreshing twist, special sake sodas will be on the menu too. And for a touch of glamour, keep an eye out for Miss Sake, gracing the event with her presence.
But what’s sake without some savory sides? Thanks to the Fuchu Tourism Association, there will be a snack corner where you can indulge in traditional nibbles. From simmered entrails to grilled sanma (Pacific saury), there’s a treat to complement every sip of sake.
This festival runs in two shifts, each catering to 550 guests. Plan ahead and secure your spot!
- Name: Musashi no Kuni no Sake Festival 2023
- Date: September 30th, 2023
- First Shift: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Second Shift: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Entry closes 30 minutes before the end of each session)
- Venue: Ookunitama Shrine, Sidewalk Plaza [GoogleMap link]
- Address: 3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo
- Weather Note: The event will proceed even in light rain. However, in case of adverse weather, it will be postponed to October 1st, 2023.
- Nearest Stations:
- Keio Line – “Fuchu Station”: 5 minutes on foot
- JR – “Fuchu Honmachi Station”: 5 minutes on foot
A Quick Note On The Japan Rail Pass Price Hike
The price of the wonderful Japan Rail Pass is going up a massive 62% in October but there’s still time to lock in the old rates if you’re quick. Klook still offers the old prices so if you buy before September 30th you can travel with the old prices until December 28th, 2023.
- Advance Tickets: ¥3,000 (500 tickets available for each session)
- On-the-Day Tickets: ¥3,500 (50 tickets available for each session)
- On Sale From: August 16th, 2023
- Where to Buy: E-Plus Tickets, Fuchu Tourism Association [website link]
To learn more, head over to the official Tokyo Sake Association page here.
The Sum Up
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to savor the best of Japan’s sake in a setting steeped in tradition and culture! Grab your tickets and be part of the celebration. Kanpai!