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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

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Address: 5-2-1 Yamazaki, Mishima-gun, Shimamoto-cho 618-0001, Osaka Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-962-1423

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It was my first time in a whiskey distillery and it turned out to be very interesting. The grounds are very pleasant and the tour is easy to find. We took a cab from the train... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It was my first time in a whiskey distillery and it turned out to be very interesting. The grounds are very pleasant and the tour is easy to find. We took a cab from the train station but had we realised how close it was we would have walked. They provided a English translation via an electronic device you hold... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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12 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My husband and I were staying in Kyoto, and were pleased to learn that the Yamazaki distillery was only about 30 minutes away. It was a quick train and walk from the Kyoto station. The whisky museum and tasting room were fun to look around before the tour started. We don't speak any Japanese, so we had been given an... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

A fan of yamazaki, we decided to visit the distillery. Make sure to pre book beforehand for entry (free entrance) . You will be given an English audio guide and a tour around the distillery for free. To finish, you will be served a glass of highball yamazaki and hakushu. There's also a bar where you may sample various brands... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We came in with the impression the tours were booked out, possible miscommunication with concierge on our part. There were spots available when we arrived which was great, tours every hour FYI. There are no english tours however a audio guide is available, bring earphones if you can so you can listen to it carefully. They are fine with photos... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

When in Osaka and Kyoto a short but interesting tour of the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is certainly worth the effort if your a whisky drinker. Reservation is apparently required but I showed up without one the staff were more than obliging. The tour guides conduct it in Japanese ONLY but English speakers can obtain from staff an English audio guide(... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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22 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

As we were in Osaka for a couple of days, I convinced my other half that we should visit the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery. We organized with the concierge who called the distillery to make a tour booking for 10am. We left at the appointed time, but we think that the concierge read the instructions on the website wrongly. Our 15min... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Nice tour with included tasting and a bar with extended tastings at own cost. All personell was kind and the tour took about 1 hour. I wished that they would schedule one tour every day with english guides since it was tricky to follow with the audio guide provided.

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Hong Kong
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24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Make sure you do a booking for a tour beforehand. Without a tour, you cannot visit. The tour is conducted in Japanese however they will give you a remote for choice of language. The tour is free admission and includes a whiskey tasting afterwards. Take JR Kyoto line and arrive at Yamazaki station, turn right upon exit and it only... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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78 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The distillery is a 15 minutes train ride from Kyoto central railway station. After getting off the train the 5-10 minutes walk to the distillery is well signposted (and in English). The tour takes about an hour and includes an introduction, conducted tour of the distilling process and maturation warehouses, explanation of the different woods used for casks (including Japanese... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The Yamazaki Distillery is at the Yamazaki train station just outside Kyoto, and walking distance from the station on a clearly sign-posted route. Entering the Visitor's Centre, you are first confronted with Suntory whisky memorabilia, followed by a display of a bewildering collection of whiskies from around the world. The distillery tour is led by the distillery staff, and there... More 

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