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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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Address: 7-6 Kurokawacho, Yoichi-gun, Yoichi-cho 046-0003 , Hokkaido
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+81 135-23-3131
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

--is at Lat.43 10'N.Lon.14045'E,

or about the same Latitude as the middle of...

--is at Lat.43 10'N.Lon.14045'E,

or about the same Latitude as the middle of New York State, Toronto Canada, Vladivostok Russia.

--rests about 50km west of Sapporo City in southern Hokkaido, which is the northernmost of Japan's four principal islands, and was one of the last Japanese frontiers to be developed.


--has three sides surrounded by mountains, and one side on the coast (Sea of Japan). --is blessed with the things that really matter to great whisky.

However, Scotch whisky captured the young man's imagination, as well as the interest of few other enterprising Japanese of that day. He decided to dedicate his life to whisky.

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I enjoyed your whiskey so much I created this

I really enjoyed the whiskey so much I created this in tribute, great whiskey thanks again I will buy another bottle when I can afford it

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed the whiskey so much I created this in tribute, great whiskey thanks again I will buy another bottle when I can afford it

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As well as an informative tour (aided by the English language videos and guide booklet) into the history of whisky production in Japan, there is a very interesting back story of the founder Masataka Taketsuru and his Scottish born wife Rita who established the distillery in the 1920's. Add in a free whisky tasting (quite civilised and controlled) for those... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Yoichi Distillery, is easy to find just walk straight ahead, (crossing the road), from the train station. Entrance is free. The guided tours are in Japanese, but don't worry at the gate I was advised, (in English) to walk round the site with the map they provided again in English. There are plenty of video displays telling the story of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

The complimentary whisky tasting was very civilised - drivers can enjoy tea and mineral water instead. The guided tours are only available in Japanese, but we enjoyed wandering around ourselves with the English brochure and watching the videos. Reasonable prices at the gift shop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

The nikka whiskey tasting room was excellent. You can taste about 20 nikka whiskeys for about 5000 yen, plus 2 free whiskeys. It was a fantastic place to go. So many whiskeys you cannot buy elsewhere too. please note: The nikka whiskey tour (and audio guide) was not good - there were not many english translations. If you want to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited here as part of a tour group. We had a tour guide with us, but if you follow the advised route you find plenty of information at each stop by way of a video that is programmed to different languages. Short and informative. At the end of the tour you can have a tasting of some of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

My son took me to the Nikka Whisky distillery for a birthday present on my last trip to Japan. We took the train from Sapporo and that in itself was really interesting. I loved the apple wine we had at the tasting station. Hoping my son brings me a bottle next time he comes back to OZ. The Whisky fudge... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We did not get to go on the free tour as we did not pre-book and the tours (every 30mins) are all full. Nevertheless we can walk around on our own and tried the free sample tasting. 3kinds (apple wine, single malt and blended whisky). Do note that they cant do duty free thus the price is similar to town... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

If you need a break from skiing, you can't beat this. Good tour. Excellent tastings. Good restaurant and large shop. Quality.

Thank GalaxyCricket
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Free entry all year round and lots of information on how to make these world famous whiskies. They offer guided tours but reservation required. Tours are conducted in japanese but you can borrow a headset in different languages for free if you have made reservation for the tour. can still walk around by yourselves, some boards have english on. Free... More 

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