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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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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • Japanese first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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133 reviews 133 reviews
24 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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Geelong Victoria
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103 reviews 103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

After visiting several distilleries in Scotland a couple of years ago I was somewhat surprised of the quality of single malts at the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery in Japan. Tour is informative. We joined a Japanese group but used English handsets. Plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Impressive stills. Huge warehouse full of wooden barrels of wonderful whisky resting and waiting... More

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220 reviews 220 reviews
44 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

as it is located 10 min walk from the Yamazaki station (reachable through a 15 min JR local train ride from Kyoto station) 12年ものは試飲がなくなりましてgrade downしてまして???????外国人が増えてます! 団体が多いのもどうかと????? 静かな良い街なのです  SO, JUST VISIT, and enjoy the time, DON'T BUY WHISKY HERE !! Because too expensive.The Suntory branded bottles of whisky at the factory are MORE EXPENSIVE than you can buy elsewhere in Japan,... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
18 reviews 18 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

As a budding whiskey drinker, this was a very educational tour. The walking tour takes an hour and walks through the production process. Tour conducted in Japanese but there are free audio guides in English, Chinese and some other languages (check the site). You will walk with the tour but you have to be alert and press the numbers as... More

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Cairns, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

My whisky connoisseur husband insisted we visit this factory on our recent trip to Kyoto. We knew we had to book beforehand and our Kyoto hotel kindly made the arrangements for us, including booking headsets for the English translation. We got the JR train from Kyoto station to Yamazaki station, which took about 15 mins. The factory is a short... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I visited the factory this Jun. end and I was pretty happy with the facilities presentation and traditional Japanese attention to customer satisfaction (multi languages tour device, free tasting, special attention to young kids...). The tour actually takes ~45 min and the visit of the cellar/cave storing the factory production (barrels) for the past 20-30 years was key: umbelievable atmosphere... More

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

As a whisky drinker, together with my mum who isn't, we decided to put this place the first on our list upon arrival in Osaka. We were quite fortunate as we did not make a reservation and there were slots available, so a reservation (by phone) a day or two before visiting this place would be recommended. The tour was... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We traveled from Osaka to Kyoto for a day trip just for this and we didn't regret it, plus we had our 5yrs old with us. It's a brewery that shows you the process of how whiskey are made; u get to walked through different stages of the production line accompanied by a friendly guide. We do not understand Japanese... More

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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
22 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

Although we were the only non Japanese speakers on this tour, we still enjoyed viewing the various processes and facilities. Booking the tour was a little difficult, as we had to phone the distillery from the UK and the person at the other end hardly spoke any English at all. They don't appear to offer online bookings or reservations by... More

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