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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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I always recommend this place to friends traveling to Kyoto, we had a fantastic experience, the tour was really interesting and also fun, the whiskey tasting (complimentary) was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Laura R
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I always recommend this place to friends traveling to Kyoto, we had a fantastic experience, the tour was really interesting and also fun, the whiskey tasting (complimentary) was excellent. We took a train from Kyoto, and then a short walk to the distillery. Totally doable on foot - it was even lightly raining when we left, but not too bad... More 

Thank Laura R
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is true to the invaluable whisky it creates! Definitely recommended to whisky and non whisky (let alone alcohol drinkers) alike. Located in a small township, the distillery can easily be reached from Kyoto via train. The setup has adopted the natural setting around it, nestled comfortably within the forest landscape in the area. The tour itself... More 

Thank Soni M
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has all the charm and precision of days gone by in its process and production of their whiskey. We are not whiskey drinkers but went anyway because we wanted to learn all about the single malt story. What a great and informative tour it turned out to be with some fun tasting and mixing at the end. Even... More 

Thank Paul E
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

A great and informative tour. Just beautiful to see the Japanese craftsmanship being applied to Whisky. Sometimes the tour guide will forget to tell you which audio number we are at but no big issue as you can work it out. And the taste testing at the end is a perfect way to finish off. Well worth it!

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Hong Kong, China
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62 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank sharonsoon
Fussa, Japan
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 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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