When the photograph is clicked, it moves to the article.
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.
From "Hikone Station", we boarded the "Ohmi Tetsudo Railway" bound for "Taga". It was a slow and shakyride!
Here we are at "Taga Station".
After arriving in Taga, our first stop was a soba-making café called "Monzentei"; we also rented bikes to take to our nest stop…
They didn't let us leave before giving a soba-making demonstration, which only happens on Saturdays and Sundays.
On our bike ride through town, we spotted the Kirin Beer and Kirin Beverage Factory from a far.
Outside the Kirin Beer and Kirin Beverage Factory.
We took part in a factory tour of bottled tea (which was the first of its kind made in the world)
Anna getting a tour from virtual Anna Maria (who thought of "Afternoon tea" for the first time.)
We learned about tea leaves' history, producing area and so on.
Dan smell-tests the raw tea leaves. *sniff sniff*
We watched a captivating documentary about the tea-bottling process.
Taking a look at the manufacturing line.
They stamped our tickets with the same laser used to stamp the bottles.
We made it!
We made a toast to our time in Taga and drank our free drinks. "Kanpai!!"
In this area, visitors can buy souvenirs of original Kirin goods.
Photo shoot at Kirin - Anna says "cheers"!
Kanpai (Cheers) around a camera that could take a "drinking beer"-ish panoramic selfie.
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).