Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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--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.
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Zachary H
Tokyo, Japan4,462 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The tour is free (currently must be reserved in advance due to COVID) and the tasting is great (also free). The gift shop includes bottles of the signature whisky, as well as limited edition bottles that are only available at the distillery.

Taking the train from Sapporo to Yoichi is easy and fun.

Tip: Arrive no sooner than 15 minutes in advance of your reservation (you won’t be let in earlier, due to pandemic restrictions).
Written 3 October 2021
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ScambusterSZ
Sydney, Australia1,793 contributions
Mar 2021
The distillery was very nice to visit with the old buildings, gardens and visitor centres. If you’re in the area is well worth a visit.

You can plant to have lunch at the restaurant on the property (or one nearby to town).

You can spend 30-40mins or a couple of hours.
Written 15 March 2021
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simon_and_emma69
Workington, UK59 contributions
Feb 2020
It was quite an experience to meander around the distillery in deep snow - it leant an air of quiet calm to the distillery that was very relaxing. The distillery has a wonderful history which unfolds as you walk round the different buildings. There's not much info in English but if you understand the distilling process then it's not an issue. I was lucky enough to be in the stills building when they fired up the furnace under one of the stills, and then happened to be passing as they were stoking it. Coal fired stills have now vanished from Scotland and this may be one of the last (if not the last) whisky distiller to fire the stills with coal. The free tastings are great, but the opportunity to sample some of the old malts at a reasonable price is the real tasting highlight. Sadly, these wonderful whiskies are no longer available for sale - or at least at any price mere mortals would pay - but there are some distillery only offerings in the shop that offer a consolation buy. If you're a real fan of whisky then I would allow over two hours for the visit.
Written 9 March 2020
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Maurissa A
Adelaide, Australia109 contributions
Feb 2020
What better drink to imbibe in winter! This is a beautiful distillery with three free generous samples and the opportunity to sample older and varied whisky at reasonable prices. There are no older ones to purchase here sadly but the experience is wonderful. The buildings and grounds are beautiful and just 5 mins from the train station.
Written 20 February 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,297 contributions
Oct 2019
Nikka Whisky is not just one of the best whiskys make outside of Scotland, it is one of the best whiskys in the world. If you don't beleive me, try getting hold of a bottle, it's like finding hen's teeth. We took a tour through the distillery and saw the distilling process. Even some of my whisky-loving Scottish friends were impressed..Oriental whiskys are in demand at the moment, perhaps Japan can teach the West some things that we have forgotten. One of Nikka's closest rivals for flavour and consistency is Kavalan, made in Taiwan, which I tasted recently.. By the way, the journey to the distillery by local train is a slow, but it's fun.
Written 20 February 2020
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Siren
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
Feb 2019
This distillery is modeled on the ones in Scottland, and low and behold as we meandered up to the castle (as thats what the gates feel like) someone was playing bagpipes out a window. We went in February of 2017, it was a very easy trip from Sapporo station on a local train. Though be aware the trains are not every 15 minutes (30-1 hour from memory) So take your time to enjoy. This one has some excellent nooks and crannies to look through and explore by yourself or in a distillery tour. Including the founders family home which is part of the larger museum.
I'd recommend making a pit stop into their gift shop as their cellar door only bottles were some of my favourites by the end of the trip, and i'm very sad i can't get my hands on them back here in Australia again.

The planetarium was closed on our visit but honestly, theres well enough to do between trains at the distillery to keep you happy.
Written 28 January 2020
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M1DXB
Edinburgh, Scotland421 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a very interesting distillery, with an interesting history. Tours are only available in Japanese, but we had a guide who was able to translate into English for us. It is possible to tour the distillery on your own, but you may not be able to get into all of the areas without a guide.

We were lucky because the distillery was in production when we visited, so we were able to see the coal-fired furnaces in action. Some of the production process is off-limits, so you don't get to get in amongst everything as you can at some other distilleries. The tour is also very informative about Mr Taketsuru, the founder, and his wife Rita. Unfortunately, the museum was closed for refurbishment when we visited.

There are samples of two whiskies (a blend and a malt) and a liqueur at the end of the trip. Optionally, you can visit the tasting bar, where you can purchase smallish samples of various whiskies for tasting: unfortunately, the best weren't available for sale to take away, but the sampling assistant was very helpful and gave me his recommendations on the things I could buy in the shop.

I really enjoyed this visit, but if you are not a whisky/distillery fan, it may not be worth a long trip! If you want to sample more of the whiskies, allow some time to spend in the sampling room.
Written 13 December 2019
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Byron R
San Francisco, CA128 contributions
Dec 2019
I’m a huge fan of Nikka generally. I think the no age statement pure malt is one of the best values in the whisky world and the 21 is one of my favorites. I was really excited about visiting the distillery. A few things - there’s nothing else to do in Yoichi and tours are only in Japanese. Certain parts of the distillery are only open to the tour. There are a few distillery only options to taste. About half of them are available to buy. You cannot purchase the 17 or 21. Honestly, it probably wasn’t worth the effort. I made the effort to go visit Sullivan’s Cove a few years ago. They know it’s hard to get to them and they reward you by letting you buy a bottle of the French oak. Maybe the issue is that there are too many Asian tourists coming to Hokkaido so that making the trek isn’t a big deal, but coming from North America it is disappointing to come so far for so little.
Written 1 December 2019
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Taylor E
Yamaguchi, Japan92 contributions
Oct 2019
A nice afternoon trip from Sapporo station to Yoichi Station, we took the Hakodate Line Sub Rapid Ishikari Liner towards Otaru a note is if you used a Pasmo or like card you must go down stairs in Otaru and walk out the gate and purchase a ticket to Yoichi (420 yen). As the Hakodate Line Local towards Kutchan train only accepts fare tickets, it was 1420 yen for Sapporo to Yoichi which was easier for the return trip. The distillery is a 5 min walk from Yoichi station which has lots of nikki whisky themed items throughout the town, when you arrive you're greeting by an old school Japanese building open from 0900-1700. You can either walk the grounds with an english pamphlet or use a mobile app to guide you through the grounds. You can also take a guided tour but its Japanese language only, no matter what route you take you get to have the free whisky at the end. There is a museum and a restaurant inside, also a paid tasting area inside the museum which has several old whisky to try from 200-1000 yen. At the end you are able to taste three whiskeys with multiple ways to drink it on the rocks, high ball, tea, ect. Overall great experience at this distillery!
Written 14 October 2019
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Alex L
17 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Nikka distillery has a branch in Yoichi area. This is about 6 min walk from the Yoichi station and very convenient with public transportation. The upside of this distillery is that you can visit with a guided tour (Japanese only and with pre appointment) or a self guided tour at any time of the day. The tour is user friendly and the hospitality is generous. Here you taste a few of their classic whisky without any obligations.

And there video is explaining the wonderful process of whisky making in a fantastic way. Absolutely worth visiting when you are in the neighbourhood. Cheers!
Written 9 October 2019
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