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Nikka Whisky Hokkaido Factory Yoichi Distillery (ニッカウヰスキー 余市蒸溜所)


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The first Nikka Whisky distillery built in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru who after visiting Scotland became the first Japanese person to master the whisky manufacturing process. Here you can come and see for yourself the whole distillery process. Inside the distillery you can find many things of interest such as displays on the history of whisky and its manufacturing process, a whisky museum where you can sample some whisky for yourself, and you can also see the former residence of Masataka Taketsuru which was originally in Yamada Town in the suburbs of Yoichi Town but dismantled and rebuilt here in the distillery. There are nine buildings on the distillery premises which have been designated as tangible cultural assets of Japan such as the distillation building and the first whisky storehouse.


Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 7-6 (Otaru / Kiroro / ShakotanArea)

phone 0135233131

[Visit Hours] 9:00-17:00
[Visit with guide] 9:00-12:00/13:00-15:30 (every 0:00, held every 30 minutes, final guidance 15:30)

Review of Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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Reviewed:2021/03/15 Nice day out in Yoichi
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...
Reviewed:2020/03/09 A must do if youre a whisky fan.
It was quite an experience to meander around the distillery in deep snow - it leant an air of quiet calm to the distillery that was very relaxing. The distillery has a wonderful history which...
Reviewed:2020/02/21 Whisky in the snow
What better drink to imbibe in winter! This is a beautiful distillery with three free generous samples and the opportunity to sample older and varied whisky at reasonable prices. There are no older...

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Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 7-6 [map]
Otaru / Kiroro / ShakotanArea
[Visit Hours] 9:00-17:00
[Visit with guide] 9:00-12:00/13:00-15:30 (every 0:00, held every 30 minutes, final guidance 15:30)
New Year's Holiday(12/25-1/7)
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay)
* Shop, restaurant available Available, but only lump sum payment
Not available
Available (Available only in location)
English Menu
Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of July 6, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes (Visit/admission may be canceled in bad weather. Please be sure to bring rain gear)
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Yes (Not available to customers under the age of 20)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Hokkaido Areas


          Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.