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Nikka Whisky Distillery Yoichi

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Address: 7-6 Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-gun, Yoichi-cho 046-0003 , Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 135-23-3131
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--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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Worthy of a trip if you're into Japanese whiskies

Made it there before Christmas as it closes from 25-Dec till early Jan. The tours are only in Japanese but you can get brochures to conduct a self-tour in the premises. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Singapore, Singapore

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38 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a nice side trip from Otaru with a short train ride from main station, the distillery is dead ahead from the train station of Yoichi, less than 200 meters walk. Nice museum, nice scenes for picture taking. Disappointed that all vintages were sold out, not only in the distillery but a good part of Japan as well. Free... More 

Thank Wong1129
Singapore, Singapore
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Made it there before Christmas as it closes from 25-Dec till early Jan. The tours are only in Japanese but you can get brochures to conduct a self-tour in the premises. The museum includes paid bar section that provides a nice selection of Japanese whiskies from Nikka and also some Scotch. Prices are reasonable and good for vertical tastings. There're... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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280 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

If you like whisky and the history of it in Japan you will find this tour very interesting. The tour takes in many parts of the distillery and informs you of the process in making whisky, and how it was established in Japan. There is no cost - it is free and at the end of the tour you get... More 

1 Thank Grant T
Singapore, Singapore
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83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The distillery spans across a huge area near the Yoichi station. It was a good experience taking a stroll from one building to another. Each building will explain how the whiskey is made. At the end, there is a free tasting of the whisky (not my cup of tea), followed by a gift shop, which ironically, does not stock up... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

The visit to the Distillery, including the tasting of 3 liquor at the end of the self guided tour, is free. Guided tour in Japanese only. The mock living room of the founder is also a delight and the atmosphere of the property is something that makes this visit unique and memorable. Would definitly recommend visiting this place if you... More 

1 Thank zgyr
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76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We had expected less but learnt a lot of whisky making. I am a Suntory fan and now I have added Nikka to my catalogue. Entrance is free. Whisky tasting is free. I gotta to taste Pure malt whisky 17 and 21 at 500 jpy each. Not bad for a start in the morning. Finally I bought the Nikka whisky... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Fantastic whisky "theme park" and it's all free ! There is no English-speaking guides here but there is tour info avail on Smartphone/tablet if you so choose. Printed map are also provided freely for those prefer unguided tours. Umbrella are provided should it rains. It's quite an expansive ground to cover and expect to take up 35-45min to complete the... More 

2 Thank jensen_chua
Makati, Philippines
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112 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Finally got to go to one of the meccas of Japanese whisky, The exhibits were interesting and very visual but mostly in Japanese. Last year, when we were in Sapporo you could find the Nikka Vintage Single malts everywhere, now they are all sold out, even here at the distillery! All they offer now are 180 ml bottles of mixed... More 

1 Thank TheWhineguy
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19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

The exhibits are well created and some places are still operating to produce the whiskey. It also contains exhibits of the founders and history of Nikka. The bar also offers tasting of whiskey. However, the stock of high quality whiskey do sell out fast at the store. You need to go early in the morning to get your hands on... More 

Thank Botannia
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Visited the Nikka Distillery in September. The weather was still warm for Hokkaido standards. If you are an afficinado of Japanese whiskey, this is a must do pilgrimage to the Stone Castle of Yochi. The grounds are quite extensive and you can see the still pots and coal fire areas, the storage bins and the house of the founder Masa... More 

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