Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
A historic distillery inheriting the spirit of whisky distillation in Japan
Masataka Taketsuru, known as the father of whisky in Japanese, built the distillery in 1934 in Yoichi that has ideal conditions resembling those found in Scotland.
In addition to distillery, a whisky museum exhibiting many interesting materials about the history and production method of whisky and the history of Nikka Whisky, a residence where Taketsuru and his Scottish wife Rita lived and other buildings spread throughout the vast 132,000-squaremeter wide grounds. Nine historic buildings including a kiln building (the first drying tower) are registered as tangible cultural properties in 2005.
After looking at various facilities, stop at the tasting room to sample whiskey. You can sample two kinds of whisky, etc. for free and rare malt whiskies for a price. In a tea room named Rita House after his wife you can enjoy English-style teatime with tea and scones.
Lastly, you can obtain various malt whiskies directly from barrel. Do you think you can keep the rare souvenir untouched until you get home?
Address: Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-machi, Hokkaido
Hours open to visitors: 9:00-17:00 (admission until 16:00)
Admission Fee: Free tour
Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays (Dec 25 to Jan 7)
Directions: 3 minutes by foot from Yoichi Station on JR Hakodade Honsen (1 hour and 40 minutes from Shin Chitose Airport). (Car) 30 minutes from Otaru Interchange on the Sasson Expressway via Route 5 (Free parking available).