Yamazaki Distillery, Shimamoto-cho

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#1 of 100 in Breweries in Japan
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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  • August 13, 2017
    We were not able to secure a reservation for a guide tour, but decided to visit the distillery in any event. It was a short train ride and about a 15 minute walk. We were received in a very friendly m...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    I had a chance to stop in while on business. I was pretty excited about the opportunity and was hoping to get a chance to go home with a bottle of my favorite. The tasting was good. I had a vertical o...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Recommended by my friend to book the tour for 2 months in advance.. and I was happy I followed the advice! It was so worth the wait.. the long walk (bout 400-500 meters from the Yamazaki station) in t...  more »
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  • May 10, 2017
    A must visit experience for any whisky lover. Booking ahead for the tour is required, but it is a great experience. You are taken through the entire production process with a tasting at the end. It is conducted in Japanese with some English thrown in, but there are audio guides available. They have a great selection of local whiskies to try. The only disappointment is the limited selection to actually buy and take home
  • May 1, 2017
    Make your tour reservations in advance because they will sell out! You have to book it online, you won't be able to book it there. You can still visit the museum and tasting room though. The tour was awesome, they give you 4 whiskey tastes at the end and some snacks. Learned so much about whiskey! I'm a fan of Yamazaki now.
  • April 26, 2017
    I loved the tour. For non-Japanese speaking people, they have a small electronic guide for the tour. I recommend bringing headphones to plug into it. You punch in the number corresponding with the location you are at and it explains it. At the end, there is a whiskey tasting event if you are of age and are not driving. I used the Japanese website to reserve my spot on the tour. They have an English site with a phone number to call for reservations. The souvenir shop was nice. The whiskey that won recent awards internationally was not available. Bought the Yamazaki whiskey and the 17 year Hibiki after a paid taste testing in the whiskey library. 10 minute walk away from the Oyamazaki JR station. Bike parking is at the station.
  • July 1, 2017
    Do go early to get hold of the yamazaki. It gets sold out very fast. They should have provide more yamazakis for the customers to purchase.
  • April 11, 2017
    Great place to learn about Japanese whiskey making and it's history. They also have an extensive whiskey library, with whiskies from all around the world. They tasting room has a good selection for tasting as well.

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