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Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

Travel Reporter
Anna Delph(USA)
Carrie Ott(USA)
Uttal-Veroff Benji(USA)
Daniel Alderink(USA)
潘紅婭(China)
Date
October, 18, 2014

The area around Taga in Shiga prefecture is famous as one of the beer and beverage manufacturing centers of Japan. Our guide showed us around the small town and the Kirin Beer and Kirin Beverage Factory.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    From "Hikone Station", we boarded the "Ohmi Tetsudo Railway" bound for "Taga". It was a slow and shakyride!

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    Here we are at "Taga Station".

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    After arriving in Taga, our first stop was a soba-making café called "Monzentei"; we also rented bikes to take to our nest stop…

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    They didn't let us leave before giving a soba-making demonstration, which only happens on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    On our bike ride through town, we spotted the Kirin Beer and Kirin Beverage Factory from a far.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    Outside the Kirin Beer and Kirin Beverage Factory.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    We took part in a factory tour of bottled tea (which was the first of its kind made in the world)

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    Anna getting a tour from virtual Anna Maria (who thought of "Afternoon tea" for the first time.)

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    We learned about tea leaves' history, producing area and so on.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    Dan smell-tests the raw tea leaves. *sniff sniff*

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    We watched a captivating documentary about the tea-bottling process.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    Taking a look at the manufacturing line.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    They stamped our tickets with the same laser used to stamp the bottles.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    We made it!

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    We made a toast to our time in Taga and drank our free drinks. "Kanpai!!"

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    In this area, visitors can buy souvenirs of original Kirin goods.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    Photo shoot at Kirin - Anna says "cheers"!

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    Kanpai (Cheers) around a camera that could take a "drinking beer"-ish panoramic selfie.

  • Discovering Taga through Kirin Beer and Bevarage

    Back on the bikes, this time for a quick stop near the station.
    *NOTES: To prevent drunken driving, factory do not provide any alcohol to drivers (both cars and bicycles).

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