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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Yoichi-cho
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: --is at Lat.43 10'N.Lon.14045'E, or about the same Latitude as the middle of New York State, Toronto Canada, Vladivostok Russia. --rests about 50km west of Sapporo City in southern Hokkaido, which is the northernmost of Japan's four principal islands, and was one of the last Japanese frontiers to be developed. --has three sides surrounded by mountains, and one side on the coast (Sea of Japan). --is blessed with the things that really matter to great whisky. However, Scotch whisky captured the young man's imagination, as well as the interest of few other enterprising Japanese of that day. He decided to dedicate his life to whisky.
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Guided tours in japanese, self guided tours, bar, shop, restaurant, 2 drams free (Hibiki and Yochi), distillery only bottling shop, exclusive bar

Thank Macdeffe
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Train from Sapporo and change at Otaru. Its worth the trip out and back from Otaru especially if weather inclement as it was when I visited in mid May.Snow on mountains and old snow by side of track. Distillery only thing in this village and its well laid out and you are free to wander the large complex with many open buildings and interpretation. Guided walks in some languages at some times. Taste provided at end of tour at good visitor centre with good facilities. As a scotsman I enjoyed the taste of the malt whisky which has a strong heritage link with Scotland.

Thank Tchumb
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

A great little Gem in the north of Japan. The Distillery is definitively the go to site for Whiskey lover and tourists alike.
Most visitors are still Japanese but you'll see the occasional foreigner every now and then. Tours are in Japanese and as far as I noticed there where no pre-recorded tours in other languages as o some other distilleries in Japan.
What I really appreciated what the calm and relaxing area that made u the distillery grounds. It's was very relaxing and present walking outside from building to building enjoying both weather and all the different pleasures of whiskey.
I recommend you visit the shop to have a loo but you should know prices are somewhat more favorable only a hundred meters away at the local store close to the station.

Getting to and from Yoichi is quite easy. And it's a half a day t a day trip from other areas such as Sapporo. If you leave in the morning you'll be back after lunch or so.

Thank Filip M
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

"Whisky" and "Japan" are not two words that one would normally expect in the same sentence, but this distillery has produced award-winning whisky, and it is a delightful visit - and explains how it came about! There is, indeed, a strong link back to Scotland! The distilling process is well demonstrated, there is an interesting museum, a welcoming tasting-room, and a good gift shop. It is all laid out in well maintained grounds - well worth a visit. Near-by is a small space museum, also well worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

I had never expected when visiting Hokkaido that we would find a Whisky Distillery. 3 free samples in the tasting room, and they ask drivers to wear a special sticker so they don't get accidentally served. The view from the Tasting room is great. As is the museum. A good rundown of the Whisky making process and an explanation as to how this Distillery ended up here. (That was the question i needed answers to!!!)
Surprisingly kid friendly and there is lots of room to run amuck.

Thank Skeld
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