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Liquor aficionados should not miss a tour of Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, the main distillery of the famous Japanese whisky maker. Built in 1934, the distillery was founded by Taketsuru Masataka, who also established the Japanese whisky industry as a whole. On a tour of the historic complex, you can see the whisky-production process first-hand and visit the museum to learn about the company’s history. After the tour, sample the different malts and blends, try the delicious apple wine, or visit the gift shop for a souvenir. PutNikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery into our Yoichi-cho online attractions planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery reviews
As a fan of the products and being in the neighborhood, I went for a visit to this complex. I was unable to book a tour of the facility, which I understand are only conducted in Japanese, but did...
As a fan of the products and being in the neighborhood, I went for a visit to this complex. I was unable to book a tour of the facility, which I understand are only conducted in Japanese, but did... more »
The distillery was very nice to visit with the old buildings, gardens and visitor centres. If you’re in the area is well worth a visit. You can plant to have lunch at the restaurant on the...
The distillery was very nice to visit with the old buildings, gardens and visitor centres. If you’re in the area is well worth a visit. You can plant to have lunch at the restaurant on the... more »
A nice visit for those who enjoy whiskey. A lot of the buildings were closed due to snow/winter but we still got a good view of the grounds. If you don’t speak Japanese, stay at the front of the tour as the guide will have a sheet explaining what is being said in English. The tour guide and staff were very kind and generous, squeezing me into a last minute tour. Make sure you try the samples, I’d recommended the Apple wine or Highballs.
Really cool (and free!) tour and tasting experience. You have to make a reservation either online (Japanese site only) or by phone call. The reservations seem to fill up fast on weekends so book early if you're visiting on a weekend. At the end of the tour, you get to taste three different Nikka whiskies. You're provided with freshly cut clear ice cubes, room temperature water, and carbonated water to mix up your drink however you want. To get to Yoichi from Otaru, you have to take the JR rail or bus, which only come at limited times. The distillery is a short walk from the station.
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