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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 »
Fantastic place to visit if you are a whisky lover. The free tour requires booking ahead of time (I did it online via their Japanese website with the help of google translate). Note if you are travelling from Sapporo via train, there are very limited trains heading to Yoichi and can restrict what tour times you can make. I booked a 9:00am tour and caught a 7:14am train from Sapporo to Yoichi arriving at 8:30am. It is a short 5 minute walk from Yoichi station to the distillery grounds. Tour is all spoken in Japanese but the tour lady and security guard have these little laminated cards in English explaining each stage of the tour which was helpful. At the end of the tour they provide three free whisky tastings as well which is nice. Whisky for breakfast. Breakfast of champions =) After the tour you can then visit the museum and tasting bar (can only taste a maximum of 3). You can also visit their shop for well priced bottles of whisky's. Tip - there is also a restaurant as well which you can further order a whisky tasting set to sample three more Nikka whisky's, I cannot remember which whisky's they were though on the menu.
This distillery brought back bittersweet memories of my first trip here back in 2016. A guided tour is available but needs to pre-book way ahead. While I took JR from Sapporo to Yoichi 7 years ago, this time I drove a rental car all the way here. Without guided tour, we just walked around admiring the powdery view of the distillates covered in snow; then I went to their tasting room while the kids played with snow outside. They had changed a lot since my last visit and it’s more elegant and bigger space displaying the whiskies and history of the distillery. I paid for whisky tasting flight before buying the distillery exclusive whisky from the retail shop.
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