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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Yamazaki Distillery by using our Shimamoto-cho day trip app .
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  • I'm a little conflicted when it comes to this distillery. I love Whiskey but I feel this is more a bar that wants cash flow rather than a business that cares about its brand. Come to the distillery fr...  more »
  • And learn the process of distillation, drinking at an additional cost. Yamazaki 12 years 18 years and full of personality, such as single malt whisky can be enjoyed. You'd walk from Yamazaki station because there is no parking. Location is quiet times in front of the station. From the station takes about 10 minutes.
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  • For someone who loves Whiskey, this was a must do on my list. The Suntory Yamazki Distillery was an hour away from our hotel, but worth every step, stair and train. I loved reading about the history a...  more »
  • Tip1: While it is true you need to make reservation months ahead, it is also true that such advance reservation may be cancelled nearer the date. Therefore keep checking the online reservation in the days leading up to your trip and you may just be able to snag a spot or two and get on to the tour -- I did the tour on a Tuesday and secured it the day before on a Monday morning. Tip2: Bring your own earphones if you don't want to hold the translator device up against your ear the entire tour. Tip3: Arrive 30-60 min before start of the tour to give yourself time to view the museum exhibits and the gift shop. Tip4: Bring cash for tour fee and additional tasting fee; only gift shop accepts credit cards. Tip5: Have some food before start of tour...you'll be getting 4 shots of whiskey as part of the tasting including in the tour and you don't want that on an empty stomach. The distillery doesn't sell food; just snacks from the gift shop. Enjoy what I believe is a very good value-for-money tour!
  • The best price and experience money could buy. Definitely get the tour but they tend to reserve far out which has changed within a year. At least 3 months to get your desired time. Bring at least ¥10000 for the bar after the gift shop to purchase shots of your favorite and rare whiskys. The gift shop accept credit card but the bar does not. Hence the cash. Enjoy!
  • Very nice tour and tasting. Approximately $10. We were lucky enough to snag a reservation for two a few days before. Very easy to get to from Kyoto. The nicest people ever, English audio guide was useful. Highly recommend!
  • If you appreciate whiskey/Japanese whiskey, this is a place you must visit when you come to Kyoto or Osaka. Coming here from Osaka is about 45 mins with walking and train time. The walk from the JR/train station is quite a refreshing nice walk. The scene there is very different than the buzzling Osaka. The reception office there is awesome and super helpful. As others have mentioned, try your best to book yourself in for a guided tour, if not, at least book yourself for a tasting/self-guided walk. You may be lucky to get on the guided tour if someone ends up not showing up. Lastly, at the tasting bar, you will get to try some cask strength expressions that are not offered anywhere else. The "smokey" ones are probably the most interesting ones for me. Also, they have 30 Year Hibiki, for $3,900 Yen, which I think is worth a try.
  • You have to walk 15min from the station but if you like whiskey, it doesn't matter. souvenir is available and also have tour program to let you know the process of Yamazaki whiskey. tasting is possible too but when I visited, popular whiskeys were out of stock. like yamazaki 25.

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