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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  • Call ahead to reserve for free tour. I walked in to see museum and paid for three tastings. Not a far walk from regional train.  more »
  • They visited the Yamazaki distillery in time for dinner. After go to registration on foot from the train station, in the waiting room is a tour started on information dependency of waiting for better. After about 40 minutes of tasting is held. Fee is ¥ 100 per 1 shots tasting.
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  • Paid 1,000 yen for the tour of the production process and it was really interesting. It’s in Japanese but they have English audio guides that were very informative. After the tour, there is a tasting ...  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!
  • Amazing whisky and only ~$10 for a tour and tasting!! Very nice facility and beautiful grounds. They give little handheld devices to follow along for non-Japanese speakers. Definitely worth the trip from Kyoto.
  • Didn't have a reservation for a tour and went anyway because it was raining in Kyoto. Every tour was booked so we just went for the museum and had a few malts. Quite a nice selection of Suntory products but also some scotches and not too expensive.

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