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[Kobe City] "Kirin Beer Kobe Factory" Factory tour in search of delicious first squeezed sake!
The Kirin Beer Kobe Factory has a popular tour called ``A special experience only available at the factory.Kirin Ichiban Shibori Deliciousness Tour.'' At the end, you can experience tasting three types of Ichiban Shibori in pursuit of deliciousness.
Table of contents
- Go to the factory by lugger bus! On weekends, there are also buses from Sannomiya.
- Explore the secret of deliciousness with the "Special experience only available at the factory. Kirin Ichiban Shibori Deliciousness Tour"
- Finally, a seminar to experience the deliciousness of Ichiban Shibori
- Get limited edition souvenirs at Kirin Factory Shop
- basic information
Go to the factory by lugger bus! On weekends, there are also buses from Sannomiya.
Where and how is delicious beer made? A beer factory tour is the best way to find out.
In Kobe, there is the Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, where the ``Special experience only available at the factory.Kirin Ichiban Shibori Deliciousness Tour'' is held. The event is held almost every day except Mondays and New Year's holidays, but early reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. Kirin Beer Kobe Factory is located in Kita Ward, Kobe City. It is approximately 4 minutes by car from the Rokkokita Toll Road "Kobe-Sanda IC" or the Chugoku Expressway "Kobe-Sanda IC".
A car is convenient if you have a driver who doesn't drink beer, but if you want to enjoy beer, you'll want to go by public transportation. There is a free shuttle bus (commonly known as the Lager Bus) from Kobe Electric Railway Sanda Station, JR Sanda Station, and Kobe Electric Railway Flower Town Station.
If you are coming from JR Mita Station, go to the left (south exit) after exiting the ticket gate and go down the stairs on the left side of the station's south plaza to get to the bus stop. There is a signboard in front of the bus stop.
From Kobe Electric Railway Sanda Station, exit the ticket gate and turn left. If you turn left at the corner of the police box, you will be at the bottom of the stairs from the station south plaza, so if you go to the back of the bus stop, you will see a signboard.
On weekends and holidays, there is one bus from Shinki Bus Kobe Sannomiya Bus Terminal to Kirin Beer Kobe Factory. We left Sannomiya at 10:40 and arrived in about an hour. The fare is 670 yen one way.
If you are a foreign visitors tourist visiting Japan, we recommend using Shinki Bus's ``Hyogo Amazing Pass.'' For 1,000 yen a day, you can ride the Shinki Bus route as many times as you want, so you can also go to the Kirin Beer Kobe factory at a great price.
Once you arrive, you'll complete the formalities and there are photo spots within the facility until the tour begins, so you can enjoy your time at your leisure.
Explore the secret of deliciousness with the "Special experience only available at the factory. Kirin Ichiban Shibori Deliciousness Tour"
Let me briefly introduce the contents of the "Special experience only available at the factory. Kirin Ichiban Shibori Deliciousness Tour".
As the tour moves through the factory, you can enjoy special experiences such as watching immersive videos, tasting malt, and smelling the aroma of hops.
There is also a drinking comparison of the first wort and the second wort (both do not contain alcohol). You can't help but be drawn in by the original videos and explanations, both of which you knew and didn't know.
On the factory tour, you can see various processes.
You can enter a room modeled after a canned beer box and get a feel for the size of the fermentation and storage tanks.
Finally, a seminar to experience the deliciousness of Ichiban Shibori
Let's start with one cup. A brewery draft master who has passed Kirin Beer's in-house training and rigorous screening and is certified will fill each beer for participants one by one.
You can really feel the deliciousness. “Ah, I’m so happy,” I exclaim.
Next is the tasting. Three types from the Ichiban Shibori series in a glass. We will teach you how to taste it to enjoy its deliciousness.
Soft drinks are available for drivers and people under 20.
On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be a tasting event for the popular Kirin Home Tap. It is recommended for those who are considering it because you can experience "pour" and "tasting" using the actual server machine. Please see the official website for details.
Get limited edition souvenirs at Kirin Factory Shop
After enjoying the experiential tour, enjoy shopping at the factory shop. Most of the products are original goods from Kirin Factory Shop. Moreover, there are many exciting products.
First of all, we had the ``Ichiban Shibori special glass'' that we received for tasting. Now that you've had a delicious beer, you'll want it.
The most popular product is the ``Kakinotane Cheese Flavored 5 Bags'', which uses Kirin Brewery Yeast, which is exclusive to the Kirin Factory, and which I also tasted during the tasting. Many people buy it and take it home after eating it, so it's truly the most popular. It also makes a great souvenir.
There are also lots of fun things to do, such as merchandise, so please come visit, see, buy, and enjoy.
There is a restaurant attached to the factory, ``Beer Restaurant on the Hill,'' so you can eat at the restaurant before or after your tour. Of course, you can also drink delicious Kirin beer.
Kirin Beer Kobe Factory offers a special experience only available at the factory: Kirin Ichiban Shibori Deliciousness Tour. Have fun learning and experience the deliciousness. This is a tour that will make you love beer more and more.
(Writer Takashi Tsukamoto)
*This article is information as of July 2023. Prices include tax. Product contents and prices may change.
Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. Kobe Factory
Address: 2-1-1 Akamatsudai, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone number: 078-986-8001
Reception hours: 9:00-16:30 (excluding regular holidays) Tour reception hours: 9:20-15:10
Closed: Mondays (open if Monday is a holiday, closed on the next weekday), equipment inspection days, year-end and New Year holidays
Price: "Special experience only available at the factory. Kirin Ichiban Shibori Deliciousness Tour" Participation fee: 500 yen (free for those under 19 years old)
Access: (Car) From the Kobe direction: Approximately 4 minutes from the Rokkokita Toll Road "Kobe-Sanda IC" By car: From the Himeji direction: From the Bantan Connecting Road "Fukusaki JCT", exit from the Chugoku Expressway "Kobe-Sanda IC" and take approximately 4 minutes , (Lugger Bus) Approximately 15 minutes by Lager Bus, a free shuttle bus from JR/Kintetsu/Mita Station, (Local Bus) Shinki Bus Kobe Sannomiya Bus Terminal - Kirin Beer Kobe Factory Line *Limited to Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, 1 round trip)
Parking: Yes (100 spaces)
Click here for the official website
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