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 Kumo Izakaya turns 5!
 Especially for dad's, dad's in waiting or maybe dad's - free beer sampler with dinner!*
 All you can eat Japanese Fried Chicken
 Exclusive Sake Dinner with four brewers from Japan.
 All you can eat tempura for $19.50 pp, July 14 - 17
 Special Beer & Sake dinner this Sunday for Good Beer Week
 Mothers Day & Good Beer Week
 All you can eat Japanese Fried Chicken is back!
 Cheese & Sake Tasting Event at Kumo March 11
 Its back! All you can eat gyoza!
 Valentine's Day dinner at Kumo Izakaya
 Cheese and Sake tasting for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
 Let Kumo cook for you Christmas Eve
 January All You Can Eat Special - Croquettes!
 All you can eat sushi!
 The Age Good Food Month & Christmas Bookings
 Announcing our new "All You Can Eat" special - Crumbed Seafood Skewers
 Celebrate International Sake Day for the next 7 days!
 All you can eat Japanese Fried Chicken!
 Free beer for dad!
 $1 oysters at Kumo!
 Tonight only! Hokkaido inspired 5 course dinner only $59 per person
 Hokkaido Dinner Night
 Kumo celebrates it's 2nd Birthday!
 All you can eat GYOZA! Monday 8 - Thursday 11 July
 10% OFF at Kumo Izakaya and Izakaya Chuji (City & South Melbourne)
 Osaka Dinner Tonight - seats still available!
 Osaka Night, 4 for $40 & Sake Master Dinner
 Kumo visits Osaka
 Sake Master Dinner 7 June 2013
 Free Sake Matching Flight with our $70 set menu.
 May 26 Good Beer Week Dinner
 10% OFF at Kumo Izakaya and Izakaya Chuji (City & South Melbourne)
 Mothers Day Dinner - Sunday May 12
 March 2013 Newsletter - there is a lot going on a Kumo
 A reminder - starting from this Monday - Monday & Tuesday 4 for $40
 Kumo presents Kjetil Jikiun from Nøgne Ø, a very special dinner
 Mondays & Tuesdays - 4 dishes for $40!
 Baby, it's hot outside.
 Kumo yakitori popup is back tonight!
 Yakitori popup tonight 5.30pm - 7pm
 Sake Master dinner tonight!
 Kumo rated in Top 50 Neighbourhood Restaurants in Australia
 Sake it to me! 20% OFF sake bottle sales when you dine at Kumo.
 Our Sakemaster dinners for 2013 kick off February 19, book your place now.
 Valentines at Kumo
 And we're back!
 Christmas & Beer
 We are now serving summer
 Sake Brewery Tour 2013
 Japanese Craft Beer Dinner
 Eat, drink and be merry...
 Sneak peak at our Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event
 Kumo's first ever Whisky Dinner!
 Kumo gets arty
 Spring Sake Carnival
 Home Brews and Sake Sampler Dinner
 Sake and Beer Weather
 Smile...It's International Sake Day TODAY!
 Andre Bishop appearing at Sydney Bar Week
 Meet our Head Chefs
 The best bento box ever!
 Did we mention we have extensive gluten free options...
 Sneaky last minute Sake Master Dinner!
 Spring has arrived at Kumo
 Sake Edutainmeal at Matteo's
 Father's Day Lunch or Dinner at Kumo
 It's our birthday, please join us for dinner.
 Kumo turns 1
 Autumn menu arrives tomorrow, May 1
 Sake Master vs Sommelier
 Kumo Newsletter March 2012
 Product Spotlight: Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin and Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager
 Product Spotlight: Baird West Coast Wheat Wine and Go Shu Nama Genshu
 Kumo Newsletter February 2012
 Kumo Newsletter January 2012

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  kumo   Sake Brewery Tour 2013  
  A chance to explore a unique sake, food and cultural experience  

At Kumo, we are not only passionate about sake and Japanese cuisine, our love extends to Japan itself. Its food, drink and culture inspire us to deliver an authentic experience with our own twist.

I'm Andre Bishop, Kumo's owner and I have been travelling to Japan since 1996, these days I make the pilgrimage twice a year to visit sake breweries, catch up on the latest trends and of course eat, eat and eat the world's most amazing food.

One of the special experiences I have been enjoying the past few years is accompanying my dear friends Etsuko Nakamura and John Gauntner (my Sake Sensei) on their Sake World - Sake Brewery Tours. These amazing 5 day immersive tours give any sake lover, gourmet, foodie or indeed anyone interested in Japan a unique experience and adventure that I cannot recommend enough.

Join me in March 2013 for the best 5 days in Japan you will ever experience!
Read on...


Sake Brewery Tours destinations are filled with moments you cannot experience any other way. In 2013, the 5-day excursion immerses you in the ancient capitals of Japan in the Kansai region.

Kansai: (Kyoto, Nara, Shiga) March 4 - 8, 2013
(Monday - Friday) 5 nights/5 days

Experience Kansai through sake, food, pottery, and the art and culture of Buddhism. From our base in Kyoto, we will have daylong explorations in the city and out to neighboring Nara and Shiga.

In addition to a sake lecture by respected expert and author, Mr. Gauntner and visits to sake breweries with him during the sake brewing season, the tour features a one-day excursion to pottery studios and an exclusive seminar in Shigaraki with Mr. Robert Yellin, the author of "Ode to Japanese Pottery-Sake Cups and Flasks." Our luxurious excursions also feature food and sake pairings only available in the area such as funazushi and a local game meat lunch with just pressed sake, a visit to a yuba (creamy soy vegetarian food) maker, joining the Goma fire ritual performed by Ajari who went through Sennichi Kaihogyo, a seven-year marathon pilgrimage and spiritual quest.

This is really the ultimate Japan experience in 5 days.

Group size is limited to 12. Don't forget to mention Kumo Izakaya when you contact Sake Brewery Tours.

Please visit for tour information.


At Kumo, we are not only passionate about sake and Japanese cuisine, our love extends to Japan itself. Its food, drink and culture inspire us to deliver an authentic experience with our own twist.