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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Yoichi-cho

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Distillery Tour
Liquor aficionados should not miss a tour of Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, the main distillery of the famous Japanese whisky maker. Built in 1934, the distillery was founded by Taketsuru Masataka, who also established the Japanese whisky industry as a whole. On a tour of the historic complex, you can see the whisky-production process first-hand and visit the museum to learn about the company’s history. After the tour, sample the different malts and blends, try the delicious apple wine, or visit the gift shop for a souvenir. Take a look at our Yoichi-cho vacation planner to schedule your visit to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It was quite a drive to the area, from fast moving Sapporo through Otaru and then to Yoichi. The distillery was easy to find, with the help of our GPS. Thankfully, there were only a couple of tour bus...  more »
  • Cute Guide I'm using was a free tour. IM and Rita's House is moved inside the factory and was visited in the hallway. Tasting is possible three. Apple wine is bought and returned, but quite sweet with 22% alcohol. The blunder Choco chocolate! Apple wine cake was very delicious.
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  • Located in 2-3 minutes ' walk from the train station over, Nikka whisky distillery admission free, guided assistance visitors can free whisky tasting in the shopping center. Able to enjoy three different types of Apple, Blackjack, and taketsuru! goodness like to eat while drinking a delicious sake restaurant, so is it! (be ▽ ')
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  • Tours of the factory for English speaking guests are self guided. After you've had a look around you can head to the tasting room for 3 free samples. They also have a paid tasting room which you can try some of there other whiskeys.
  • Probably the most famous whisky distillery in Japan and totally worth the hype. The museum and the tour does worth the 1/2 day trip from Sapporo. Watch out for the train schedule when you leave, there is not many trains in the afternoon.
  • Famous whisky distillery in Japan. It's possible to see round most of the buildings. There's also a gift centre where you can try sample for free. The founder actually travelled to Scotland to learn about the distilling process.
  • Worth to take half-day trip (from Otaru 小樽) to visit this whisky factory. You will get some history of the factory and knowledge of whisky. Preservation of the factory is good although the production (I guessed) already relocated somewhere else. Tour only conducted in Japanese but English description in each room is available. Last journey of the factory visit is free whisky taste. I recommend to try the whisky at paid-area (which is just before the free try zone). With a reasonable fee, you can taste the difference of the aged whisky and different brand. Even though my companion didn't know much about whisky, she can tell the difference through tasting different aged whisky. Worth it for a little fee. Besides, famous aged Japan whisky nowadays are hard to find outside. Worth to visit ! p.s. their service is excellent, on the day I visited there is raining and they provide free umbrella at the reception room. Thumbs up!
  • Unlike the Sendai distillery, they let you wander pretty freely around this site in Yoichi. Being a short distance from the station and within easy access to Sapporo via the JR line, this is a no-brainier of a day trip. You get to taste three varieties of drink, but I'd also recommend stopping by the paid bar in the whiskey museum to try some of the rarer whiskys no longer on sale.