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November 5, 2017

Lot 7 – Sake in Japan!

Live Auction Lot 7 – Sake in Japan! Kobe beef. Soba. Sake. No, we’re not in wine country anymore, this is Japan! Experience Japan’s historic sake breweries, cuisine, colorful cities, and peaceful mountain retreats with a six night, seven day trip for one couple. Your trip begins in the beautiful port city of Kobe. Home […]

Live Auction Lot 7 – Sake in Japan!

Kobe beef. Soba. Sake. No, we’re not in wine country anymore, this is Japan! Experience Japan’s historic sake breweries, cuisine, colorful cities, and peaceful mountain retreats with a six night, seven day trip for one couple.

Your trip begins in the beautiful port city of Kobe. Home to the highest concentration of sake breweries in all of Japan, you will spend four nights at the Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel. Accompanied by a certified bilingual travel guide, begin your journey with a private sake brewery tour and tasting at the prestigious Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Company, established in 1743. Explore the brewery museum and learn first-hand the tradition of sake brewing passed down through the ages. Next, have lunch at a nearby Soba restaurant for an authentic meal of noodles and delicious dishes before visiting sake brewery Sakura Masamune, founded in 1625, with a private tour and tasting.

For dinner, find your way to waygu, the real deal, Kobe beef, and one of the finest steakhouses in the world: Kawamura in Kobe. Only a certain group of cattle which pass strict conditions from among Tajima Beef Cattle, which are reputed as the best of all Japanese Black Cattle, can be called” Kobe Beef,” and the original Kobe Steakhouse, Kawamura uses only the highest quality beef within this already prestigious classification. The steak masters at Kawamura will prepare a meal you will never forget.
The next day, spend the day taking in the sights and exploring the city of Kyoto, which was once the Imperial City. On the third day your private driver will take you to the lush Rokko Mountains to visit the Tachikui Pottery Studio where you will fashion your own “Ochoco” sake drinking cup from clay.

Say goodbye to Kobe, and travel via Shinkansen bullet train north to the mountain and sea framed Niigata Prefecture, for a one night stay and dinner at the New Otani Hotel in Nagaoka. See Japan’s fifth oldest sake brewery, founded in 1548, Yoshi No Gawa Sake, with a private tour and tasting and enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.

To round out your trip, stay one night and have dinner at the Yomogi Onsen Izumiya, a beautiful mountain spa and retreat nestled in the Niigata Mountains for a restful finish to your week-long experience with Japan’s most historic sake breweries. Take in the scenery of the countryside as you travel back to Tokyo from Nagaoka via bullet train to end your experience.

At the auction, take home 12 bottles of sake to prepare your palate for the sensational journey ahead.

Package notes: To be arranged on a mutually agreed upon date with March through May 2018 recommended.

Donated by SakeOne, Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Company, and Yoshi No Gawa Sake Company.

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