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Yamazaki Distillery, Shimamoto-cho

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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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  • Stacey (my fiancé) and I toured this at the recommendation of fellow travelers on our stay in Kyoto. There are a couple of options. A self-guided tour and whiskey tasting and visit to the store(free u...  more »
  • My husband is a massive whiskey lover, so we couldn't visit Japan without enjoying some of it's fantastic whiskey. This distillery is just 15 mins by train from central kyoto, and really well signpost...  more »
  • It is facilities for people who do not have drank whiskey. You can learn how to make a whiskey as well as the tour. Let's be careful not just to buy that souvenir book is needed.
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  • I used to dismiss Japanese Whiskys but after the visit I fell in love with their cask strenth stuff that are only available as tasters at their bar. Still not pursuaded by their blended stuff, but you gotta try out their cask strength stocks that are used for blends. Exceptional stuff on their own, but the blends are nothing too exceptional to write home about. Good and informative museum set up, and I expect their limited to be a great eye opener the next time I visit, that is, if I could book a tour that coincide with leaves and cheap flight tickets.
  • During my last trip to Japan, I visited the Yamazaki Distillery Museum. The contents in the museum gave great insights on the history of how the Yamazaki distillery was founded and on the history of the Suntory brand. The whisky tasting section was great too. They had stock of almost everything available on the menu and they charged a considerably cheap price too. Didn't get the chance to go for the production tour because I was late in booking a place. For those who wish to visit the Yamazaki distillery, whether for the museum or the production tour*, please take note that you need to make a reservation. All in all, I will definitely visit this distillery again in the future ! *You have to book your spot quite far in advance. Spots are very limited.
  • Whether you are an alcoholic or not, this place is not to be missed! Do make reservation for the guided tour to visit the pot still room. It looks and smells amazing! Yes smell! There's a lovely whiskey tasting as well at the end of the tour. Souvenir shop is fantastic! If there is stock, the Yamazaki 18 year old single malt is definitely worth getting!
  • Absolutely fantastic experience! If you're not confident speaking Japanese, ask the concierge at your hotel to book you a space on the free tour. Very easy to get to, about a 10 minute walk from Yamazaki Station! The tour comes with a recorded English guide which is fantastic! The grounds are beautiful and the tour is both education and a great experience. The tasting at the end is fantastic with a choice of 3 different tastings per person! Really fantastic!
  • Excellent whiskey tour! It costs 1000 yen per person, and they give a great quick overview of the basic brewing process, followed by a tasting room session. You get to taste 4 drinks, and they guide you through the process of what flavors/scents to look for, as well as a quick highball drink demonstration. Tour is Japanese only, but they have English audio translations which follow along the entire tour. Absolutely beautiful, and they've also got great souvenirs. ~$15 for a bottle of yamazaki!