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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

Address: 5-2-1 Yamazaki, Mishima-gun, Shimamoto-cho 618-0001, Osaka Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-962-1423
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Distilleries, Food & Drink
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Type: Distilleries, Food & Drink

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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
22 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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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329 reviews 329 reviews
76 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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