Our two-day KURABITO Experience
June program now open!
Fulfilling to many requests, school age children can participate in this program.
(However, for safety reasons, one child must be accompanied by one or more adults and children of elementary school age or above.)
FIRST TERM: Sat. Jun. 19th~ Sun. 20th 8 to 10 People
SECOND TERM: Sat. Jun. 26th~ Sun. 27th 8 to 10 People
*This KURABITO experience program will be a making koji (rice with the mold that is the heart of the fermentation process) for amazake or sake sparkling.
English, with additional support explanations in Japanese.
We have 8rooms in total, 6 rooms for 1 person, 2 rooms for 2 people.
* If you are applying for 2 people, please let us know at the time of application which room type you would like. If there is no mention about it, we will contact you by email.
Minimum Number of Participants
*We reserve the right to cancel the event if we do not reach the minimum of 6 applicants. Furthermore, we will judge the feasibility of holding the event based upon the state of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time, so please be aware that the event may be canceled at the last minute. We apologize for the uncertainty, and thank you for your understanding.
Includes lodging for 1 nights and 2 days, along with 2 meals (1 breakfasts, 1 dinner)
Includes the Kurabito Experience (A hands-on Kurabito experience where you can take part in everything from rice washing and steaming to making koji and starting the fermentation process) and souvenirs: an original KURABITO STAY Tenugui (hand-cloth), [NEW item] an original KURABITO STAY Kawarake (A unglazed flat cup made by potter Haruya Abe *Used in the Shinto ritual), one 300ml bottle of sake (Junmai dai ginjo, not sold in stores), one 900g bottle of Amazake and 200g of raw-koji. (*Please be aware that we cannot ship abroad.)
The price of 42,900 yen (per person, tax included)
Minors of school age and above can participate with their parents. * We do not serve alcohol to minors. * For safety reasons, we cannot accept reservations for children under elementary school age.)
Kurabito Experience (A hands-on Kurabito experience where you can take part in everything from rice washing and steaming to making koji and starting the fermentation process), and souvenirs: KURABITO STAY original hand towel, [NEW item] KURABITO STAY an original Kawarake (A unglazed flat cup made by potter Haruya Abe *Used in the Shinto ritual, you can take it home. Not for sale), One 900g bottle of Amazake (Non alcoholic fermented rice drink) and 200g of raw-koji. (*Please be aware that we cannot ship abroad.)
The price of 38,500 yen (per person, tax included)
– All pictures taken during the Kurabito Experience will be made available for download. (For safety and hygiene concerns, please be aware that you will not be allowed to bring your camera or smartphone with you during the experience. Instead, KURABITO STAY staff will endeavor to take numerous and heartfelt photos of all of our participants.)
– At the end, you will be presented with a certificate commemorating your completion of the Kurabito Experience.
Also included in the fee:
Sake brewing lessons, rental boots to be worn during the experience, rental work clothes, Sake seminar fee (including course materials), one night’ lodgings, dinner on the first night at Cuisine Lemon (featuring a special menu for sake brewers and three varieties of sake from Saku, carefully chosen by the proprietor), and breakfast (a healthy meal for sake brewers) on the second day, completion certificate and insurance.
– KURABITO STAY has also installed the first “sake server” in all of Nagano Prefecture on the first floor of our building. You can purchase sake by the cup (200 yen for 30 ml), so we encourage you to give it a try during your stay.
=== Day 1===
Visitors should plan to arrive at KURABITO STAY by 14:00 (Check-in is possible from 13: 00 onward.)
14:00 – 14:30 Orientation
14:30 – 15:30 A tour of the brewery facilities
15:30 – 15:40 A traditional purification ritual will be conducted before entering the brewery.
15:40 – 16:30 Sake brewing experience (washing rice)
16:30 – 17:00 Sake brewing experience (Sorting Koji)
17:00-17:15 – Break
17:15- 17:30 “Making Amazake with rice cooker” experience
We will give you an amazake recipe card (adequate temperature and tips on
how to make it) made with a rice cooker!
＊The demonstration will use a yogurt maker.
After break, we will travel on foot to the restaurant for dinner. (a 10-minute walk)
18:00 – Dinner and socializing
Featuring a special menu for sake brewers and 3 varieties of sake chosen by the proprietor.
*This photo is for illustrative purposes.
Restaurant: Cuisine Lemon
Operated by an owner-chef who trained at high-end Japanese restaurants in Tokyo’s Ginza and Roppongi districts, Cuisine Lemon features locally sourced ingredients like Shinshu salmon and prunes and Saku carp all prepared masterfully into artistic, delightful dishes. Savor a gorgeous Japanese meal featuring tastes you can only find in Saku, paired with local sake for a singular experience.
Minors receive soft drinks. Although we offer the same meals as the adults, if you wish the changes to the children’s menu, please contact us.
* Food and drink orders in addition to the provided course will incur a separate fee.
After dinner, return to KURABITO STAY (10-minute walk)
Go to sleep for the next day’s work.
=== Day 2 ===
7:00 – 7:30 Breakfast (a healthy meal for sake brewers; with everyone together saying “Itadakimasu!”)
8:00 – 10:45 a.m. Kurabito experience
(From rice steaming and carrying to the koji-muro, or koji room)
While the rice is being steamed, we will conduct a “koji seminar”, where you’ll learn all about this remarkable fermenting agent and its many health benefits.
10:45 – 11:15 making an original rebel
You’ll have the opportunity to create your own original sake bottle label. and also receive your certificate of completion from the brewer.
The program will end at around 12 noon.
At Kitsukura Sake Brewing’s ”Shuraku” store, you’ll have the opportunity to buy souvenirs for the road.
For lunch, we encourage you to patronize another of the “Kurabito Friendly” shops in the area.
A Request When You Travel
So that all our guests can have an enjoyable trip while being ensured of safety and security, we ask all participants to read and understand the following before applying for the campaign.
Our Efforts, and a Request to our Guests
The following page summarizes KURABITO STAY’s efforts to provide a safe, secure, and enjoyable experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our requests for our customers. We ask that you read it thoroughly.