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Yamazaki Distillery, Shimamoto-cho

Categories: Distilleries, Factory Tours, Food & Drink, Tours
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Learn about the history of and techniques employed at Yamazaki Distillery, Japan's first commercial distillery. Built in 1923 outside the country's former capital Kyoto, due to the favorable climate and access to clean water, the company went on to achieve the largest market share for a single malt whiskey in Japan. In the distillery's "whiskey library" displays 7,000 bottles of unblended malt whiskey. You can also take a tour around the distillery to see the processes in action. You'll have the opportunity to try whiskeys of 18, 21, 25, and 30-year vintage, and, of course, you'll also have the opportunity to purchase your favorites in the gift shop. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Yamazaki Distillery and many more Shimamoto-cho attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Shimamoto-cho vacation planner.
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  • Once in the grounds of Yamazaki whiskey smell. It is frequented by tourists. From the Western to the Eastern, on this day along the line rail who had. Visit the impressive and should come once. Tour fee not take reservations so we recommend booking well in advance.
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  • If you are staying in Osaka or Kyoto then go for a visit, you have to sign up online and if there are no tours on your date then just visit the museum and the tasting room. Most whisky's sell for ¥100...  read more »
  • Being a massive fan of Japanese whisky I couldn’t wait to visit the Yamazaki distillery. My wife isn’t really a whisky drinker so wasn’t enthralled about the thought of visiting however after the tour...  read more »
  • Tours must be booked weeks or months in advance. I missed the window so this review applies only to the museum tour and tasting room. The museum is mildly interesting. The gift shop is worth visiting if only to pick up some crackers. Which you'll want to have for the tasting room; the ultimate highlight and the real reason to visit. The Yamazaki 25 and Hibiki 30 are worth tasting for the pure experience. If you want to try your hand at blending, grab a Hibiki 17 and all of its off label blending malts. Taste individually, mix and match to your taste, and then see how it stands up to the original.
  • Impressive property. My favorite part was seeing the whiskey library where they have one or more bottles of every whiskey ever made at the distillery! You can tasty nearly anything that is currently available for a reasonable price. We tasted 9 different kinds, including 30yr & 21yr & 17yr Hibiki and 18yr Yamazaki and the total price was less than $100. My only complaint is that the selection of Suntory whiskey in the gift shop was slim pickings. I would have loved to bring home a Hibiki 30yr and 21yr. Don't come expecting to fill out your collection. The selection for tasting, though, was incredible. :)
  • Been here twice. Great tour and even better Whisky. Hibiki and Yamazaki are awesome. Must try the 30year Hibiki if your budget allows, mindblown!
  • Our visit to the distillery and the tour was very interesting. worth the whiskey library. Very nice staff.
  • Makers of the famous Hibiki, Yamazaki, and other whiskies. The ground are free to take a tour of and they give you free drinks at the end. Only downside is you can't buy any of the nice whisky older than 12 years here. You can get tastes of it in the tasting room but they are small, expensive, and cash only.
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