Kyoto in Forests: Relishing Kyoto-Made Wine at Tamba Winehouse & Ajimu no Sato

04.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

The captivating hues of autumn are sweeping across Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan admired by both Japanese and foreign tourists alike.

The staff at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON took a trip to Kyoto to enjoy the sights. The theme of this new feature is “Discover your own Kyoto” where we introduce to our readers little-known good spots around the city.

The fourth article in this series will introduce you to spots where one can fully indulge in the tastes unique to Kyoto. In this Kyoto in Forests edition we visited Tamba Winehouse which is home to lush agricultural produce and tried wine made from grapes farmed in Kyoto.


1. Tamba Winehouse – Wine made in Kyoto

Tamba Winehouse is a winery located on the outskirts of Kyotamba. Established in 1979, it has gone on to win numerous awards both inside and outside Japan. The brewers at the wine house continue a lineage of desiring to craft wine that goes hand in hand with Kyoto culture. Beautiful water from the local region and fantastic soil ensures Tamba Winehouse brews a wine that is “quintessential of Kyoto.”

Nights in Kyotamba are cool even in July making it the perfect climate for harvesting the grapes that will be used to make the wine.

The winery offers a tour of the building where you can oversee how they maintain their grape plantation as well as witness the process of making wine.

When you actually see the factory where they make the wine you start to wonder what kinds of flavours they are creating and end up wanting a taste yourself…

And so we also participated in a taste testing session. There are both free and paid taste tests to enjoy, so you can pick out which ones most take your interest to try.

You’ll be glad to know that the staff offer a clear and polite explanation of the flavours of each bottle and what foods they go best with.

Any wine tasted during the session can be bought from the shop next door.

Try Kyoto’s wine for yourself together with a Kyoto-style meal and taste how different it is from other countries.


Tamba Winehouse
Address: Chihara-83 Toyota Kyotanba-cho, Funai District, Kyoto Prefecture
TEL: 0771-82-2003

Business Hours
Wine Shop: 10:00-17:00
Wine Tour: Weekdays – Start at 11:00 / Weekends & Holidays – Start at 11:30
*You must book at least 2 days in advance.
Closed: Thursdays and New Year Holidays

30-minutes from Sonobe Station’s East Exit (via Sagano Line) on buses bound for Fukuchiyama (福知山) or Hinokiyama (桧山). Get off at Tamba Kogen (丹波高原) Stop and walk for 15-minutes.

*They are now preparing tours so be sure to check their website if you’re interested.


2: Kyotamba Ajimu no Sato – Purchase vegetables farmed in Kyotamba

Kyotamba Ajimu no Sato is a roadside station and new doorstep to those visiting Kyotamba.

It has a food court, shopping area and more. It’s an absolute must-visit place when going to Kyotamba.

Our number one recommendation is the vegetables! Sold there are freshly-picked veggies from the local area.

There’s plenty of choices lined up ready to be picked as Kyoto souvenirs. They sell processed foods too which are ideal for taking back to a person’s home country as a gift.

Ajimu no Sato stocks a whole range of goods not available at Kyoto Station to be sure to check it out yourself!


Kyotamba Ajimu no Sato
Address: Fukashino-65-1 Sone Kyotanba-cho, Funai District, Kyoto Prefecture
TEL: 0771-89-2310
Website: http://ajim.infoAccess
40-minutes from Kyoto South Interchange, accessible from Fumichi


Did you enjoy our picks of Kyotamba’s tourist spots for this edition of Kyoto in Forests? It’s an essential place to visit if you’re interested in wine and produce from Kyoto.

We hope you enjoyed our fourth article for Discover your own Kyoto. Some of the places listed can be tricky to get to but they are places that offer opportunities you can only experience in Kyoto. There are still many towns in Kyoto unknown to many people. If you’re looking to tick off all the sightseeing spots there then be sure to enjoy your trip with Discover your own Kyoto.



Sayuri Mizuno / MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Chief Editor

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