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[Facility] Kizakura Kappa Country

[Hours] Kizakura Museum: 10:00-17:00 (Kappa Museum: Up to 18:00, Shop: Up to 20:00), Kizakura Brewery Weekdays: 11:30-14:00/17:00-22:00, Weekends/Hols: 11:00-22:00(Drinks only: 14:00-15:00)

  • Guide Dogs
  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
  • Unevenness (five or more centimeters)
Kizakura Kappa Country

Kizakura Kappa Country

This is the museum of the nationally famous Kizakura sake maker. These is an easy going facility known as Kappa Country, comprising sake and beer brewery along with a Kizakura store, bar, plaza and museum. Locals come and freely draw fresh spring water here. Located in Fushimi, one of the 100 noted scenic areas in Japan, this sake maker sets about making new sake in the cold months, and so the air is heavy with the aromas of fermenting sakes. The major attraction at Kappa Country is the sake bar that lets the drinkers purchase different sakes in shot glasses as well as sake tasting sets to compare tastes. Head to the Kizakura store for gifts. Head to the Kizakura bar if you need some food. And, head to the Kizakura museum if you want to find out about sake making processes. In the museum, there is much to see and hear, from old Kizakura TV commercials as well as the story of the mythical kappa and Kizakura's kappa mascot (original drawings, etc.). In the plaza, there is the "saffron" cherry tree that Kizakura takes its name from. Spring in the plaza is a blooming delight just right for some relaxing fun.
There are two toilets, one by the plaza and the other in the Kizakura bar. The gender specific toilets by the plaza have two women's cubicles (one squat style and one western style) and one men's cubicle (western style) as well as two urinals. There is a wheelchair friendly toilet in the Kizakura bar. Guide dogs can be used in all buildings of the facility.
(Month checked: 2011.Oct, )

Location 228 Shioya-machi Fushimi-ku,Kyoto, 612-8046
Tel 075-611-9921
Fax 075-611-9567
Homepage http:/www.kizakura.co.jp/ja/c_top.cgi?id=1
Access City Bus Kyobashi Alight and walk 3min, Kintetsu Momoyama-Goryo-mae Stn.: Alight and walk 12min, Keihan Chushojima Stn.: Alight and 5-min walk
Charges [Charge] Visiting free
Remarks
[Parking] 19 cars, 4 buses
[Wheelchair marked parking] None
[Wheelchair friendly toilets] Available
[Services] Guide dog OK
[Areas where shoes are forbidden] None

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Highlights & Barrier Free Info

Site on north side

Site on north sideTurn right onto Ryoma-dori and go about 20 meters to reach Kappa Country extending out on both sides of the street. The left side (north side) is the Kizakura sake brewery's complex including the Archive, Kappa Museum, a bar, shop and plaza and beer brewery. The entrance is wide and has a slope in the center, so access is easy. Straight ahead you will see the plaza where you are welcome to sit.

North side of the Archive

North side of the ArchiveA couple of steps in from the entrance brings you to the Kizakura Archive on the left. The entrance is a hinged door. There are Kizakura memorabilia displayed in this archive and gallery.

Kappa Museum

Kappa MuseumThis museum exhibits materials that tell the story of the mythical kappa, or water sprite. This is connected to the north end of Kizakura brewery museum, and the connecting passageway has a water image with a river photo spread along the right wall. There are three steps to be climbed in this passageway. There are a couple of kappa hidden in the room, so see if you can find them. The hinged door at the rear leads out to the Kizakura plaza. There is a five-centimeter step here, so be careful.

Kizakura plaza

Kizakura plazaThis is the plaza that is straight ahead of the entrance. This plaza is surrounded by the Kappa Museum and the brewery museum and bar. The benches, tables and chairs are great for a rest.

Kizakura shop

Kizakura shopA couple of steps into the complex reveals the Kizakura shop on the right. The shop entrance has two hinged doors set about a meter apart that you need to pass through. In here, you will find Kyoto souvenirs on sale as well as various sakes and beers, which cannot be found anywhere else. The sakes come in little shot cups, ideal volumes for comparing different brands - so, why not try some.

Kizakura bar

Kizakura barAt the rear left of the Kizakura shop is the entrance leading to the bar. The bar has hall seating and some cozy snugs. There is a reception at the entrance, so tell the staff your preference. The passageway is wide here.

South side of the Archive

South side of the ArchiveThe aromas of the brewery are strong around the archive on the south side. The entrance is a sliding door, which is usually left open during visiting hours. There is a ten-centimeter step that has a stone step laid at an angle for access to the museum. Here, you will find exhibits that show the various sake making processes, including tools, panel explanations, diorama, visuals and Kizakura products. Most of these can be touched.

Spring water fushimi well

Spring water fushimi well On the south side of the archive there are two locations for drawing spring water. One is in an inner garden with a large chimney, the other in a room exhibiting a diorama. Fushimi water is a soft water that you are free to enjoy. But watch your footing, as the areas around the faucets are rather wet.

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