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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka Prefecture 618-0001, Japan
+81 75-962-1423
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Distilleries
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Perth, United Kingdom
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280 reviews 280 reviews
57 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Greater Manchester, UK
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My family had been to the Jack Daniels distillery in the USA several years ago and had raved about it. Given that I'd missed out on the opportunity, I wanted to make the most of this opportunity given the close proximity to Osaka. I'm grateful that I did. Be sure to prebook your visit, at least a day before by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Believe it or not, the Japanese make excellent single malt whisky. You can't call it scotch, but I think that there is some serious competition here. The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is about a 15 minute ride from Kyoto station. Once you get off the JR line train, it is a 5-minute walk to the distillery. The tour takes about an... More

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Ravenstone, Leicestershire, England
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A short but interesting tour, all in Japanese but they provide an English recorded guide so you understand what is going on. The guide was very enthusiastic. The Whisky sampling afterwards was the highlight, especially for those who like mixing your drink with ice cubes and various other mixers. A good shop and impressive Whisky library - a collection of... More

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Paris, France
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Really interesting tour that doesn't last too long. Nice tasting after and the library is amazing! The distillery is surrounded by a bamboo forest and there is a beautiful temple right next to it.

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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

First off, I'm not a huge whiskey drinker, but I know enough to recognize a great whiskey. A friend of mine recommend this tour to me and I am very glad that he did. The ground are beautiful and the tours started often enough that we were able to walk in and get on one. The tour was in Japanese... More

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hong kong
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Recommend whether or not you enjoy whisky. It locates right next to the Yamazaki station, around 8-10 minutes walking, very convenient. The tour is only in Japanese but you can pick up an audio guide (English, Chinese, etc.), you will be walked through the whole whisky production in about 30 minutes. You will get to try some whisky after the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

You will not know where to look or what to try! It is a lovely place that you get to by walking along a winding narrow street and crossing the main railway tracks - yes you read correctly, but it worth it. You can try a wee dram or two or three or four or however many you want to!... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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141 reviews 141 reviews
24 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We made an appointment the day before and were lucky to get a 10 am slot. Book early because lots of tour groups go. Also, plan to arrive there early because you have to cross the railroad tracks and that street can be closed for 5 minutes if bullet trains and freight trains are passing through. (We took the express... More

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