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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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Unexpected find in Kyoto

This was a really worthwhile experience and different from the usual tourist sights. A mere 10 minutes on the train from Kyoto to Yamazaki takes you to the first whiskey... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a really worthwhile experience and different from the usual tourist sights. A mere 10 minutes on the train from Kyoto to Yamazaki takes you to the first whiskey distillery in Japan. As they say this is the Japanese whiskey making began and where the history of whiskey in Japan started. Tours run every hour from 10am and are... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As whisky enthusiasts it was a great experience for us - otherwise not so amazing. They have an amazing whisky library and a nice bar/cafe where you can taste a lot of whiskies. It is a 10-15 minute walk from the train station, nice picturesque setting.

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137 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a very informative visit to learn about the distillation process and the various types of whiskeys. The town of Yamazaki is simply surreal. In such a beautiful setting it is little wonder that the whiskeys turn out to be so good. Enjoy your time in the distillery tasting various rare whiskeys as well as spend some time to... More 

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Fussa, Japan
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

By far the best experience that I've had at a distillery. The tour is all in Japanese but you can opt to get a hand held guide that explains what is going on at each stop along the tour. I would highly recommend making a reservation for the tour before heading over there. The gift shop is fantastic as well.... More 

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

An amazing experience. A guided tour with multiple languages. Must reserve in advance. Free admission and even a free tasting. What a great distillery. The only disappointment: Believe it or not, they were sold out on almost all whisky hence in their shop we were not able to buy any Yamazaki. Take a speed train from Osaka, takes around 25... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This distillery provides a top quality tour and tasting. It is well organised and thorough without being too long. Staff are very friendly and the checkin instructions are given in excellent english. The tour is in Japanese but they provide free audio guides for other languages. The tastings were fantastic. Prior to this tour only my husband was the whisky... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you are a single malt whiskey lover this tour to Japan's first single malt whiskey distillery is a must. Getting there is not difficult, even for a non-local - the instructions provided on their website is more than clear. The tasting session includes not just the whiskey but also the water used in the distillery process (you have to... More 

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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Nice short tour with helpful audio guides(although guide doesn't tour it in English) with a tasting of 1 single malt and 2 basic whiskeys(only mixed with soda or water- no neat tasting allowed!). Then we went to the shop tasting area and bought 150ml of some of the nicer bottles- 25 year+ yamazaki, or try the smokey flavor that they... More 

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Oahu, Hawaii
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

After 2 failed attempts due to the typhoon, we finally made it to the distillery. The shuttle service doesn't run too often so we took a taxi for a short 15 minute ride. The distillery is located in the beautiful countryside of Kobuchizawa and in an actual bird sanctuary. When you arrive you must fill out a survey explaining how... More 

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Dendermonde, Belgium
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The booking of the tour is a bit troublesome since you need to call in and reserve a spot, but it's well worth it. English speakers are provided with free audio guides. We went there on a pitstop between moving from Osaka to Kyoto to continue our japan trip. They stored our bags for us, no problem. The tour itself... More 

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