Full Course Details

Course Prerequisites

  • Pass Certified Sake Adviser Exam
    • NOTE: Students that attended the Sake Adviser course will receive a $100 discount on the Sommelier course. Please contact us prior to registration in order to receive your discount code. Thank you.
  • Pass Comparable Certification Course
    • Consult Instructor

    Course Date & Time

    • February 26, 2018: 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • February 27, 2018: 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • February 28, 2018 (Exam): 9:00am – 12:30pm

    Course Overview

    • 15 Hours
    • Requirements for Success as a Kikisake-shi
    • Alcoholic Beverages: The Basics
    • History of Sake
    • Ingredients of Sake
    • How Sake is Made
    • Sake Tasting
    • Serving Sake
    • Reading Sake Labels


    • Exam Date: February 28, 2018
    • Part I – General Information
    • Part II – Service
    • Part III – Blind Tasting

Sake Tastings

<Junmai Ginjo>
Taisetsu Junmai Ginjo
Kikusui Junmai Ginjo
Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo

<Junmai Daiginjo>
Kubota Manju Junmai Daiginjo
Tamanohikari Junmai Daiginjo
Sharaku Junmai Daiginjo
Born Gold Junmai Daiginjo
Nanbu Bijin Junmai Daiginjo

<Tokubetsu Junmai>
Kamotsuru Tokubetsu Junmai
Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai
Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai

Takenotsuyu Junmai
Fudo Junmai Extra Dry

Michinoku Onikoroshi
Hakkaisan Honjozo

Funaguchi Kikusui
Born Muroka Nama Genshu
Shochikubai Organic Rice Sake

Kikumasamune Kimoto Junmai
Tengumai Yamahai Junmai

<Speciality Sake>
Kikumasamune Taru Sake
MIO Sparkling Sake
Shochikubai Nigori Silky Mild

*Sake will be subject to change depending on availability


Course Location Information

Miyako Sushi & Washoku School – Los Angeles, CA

843 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Course Location

Office Address: 843 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone Number: 213-830-9557

Toshio Ueno


Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan where his family has grown wine grapes for generations, Toshio Ueno grew up helping the business from a young age. After college studies in America, he joined a pastry and wine company, where he was put in charge, overseeing the personal wine collection of the company’s president. It was at this point when intrigue set in for him to enter the world of wine stewardship and research.

Toshio Ueno is currently Manager of Business Development in marketing Japanese foods and liquor to the mainstream American market. With his unique knowledge and expertise in both eastern and western liquors, Jizake and Shochu of the east, and wine and beer from the west, he aims to further promote Japanese food and liquor cultures to new, international audiences

Master Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Master of Sake, Sake Service Institute
2016 Sake Samurai, Japan Sake Brewer’s Association
Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust 

Advanced Certificate, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Sake Sommelier & Shochu Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Beer Adviser, Food & Beverage Organization Japan
Nanbu Toji Guild, Accredited Specialist

Eric Imamura


International Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Level 3 Award in Sake, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Certified Sake Educator, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Sake Specialist, Mutual Trading Company, Inc.

Eric’s Sake journey began in 2012 on a trip to Japan with his father. While travelling in Kobe, he was enamored by the history, simplicity, and elegance of Japans national beverage. This sparked a desire in Eric to spread the joys of Sake back home to people in the States.  Eric studied with Sake School of America and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, before getting a job with Mutual Trading Company and finally Sake School of America. Join Eric as he shares his passion for Sake with any and every one that’s willing to lend an ear.