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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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Address: 7-6 Kurokawacho, Yoichi-gun, Yoichi-cho 046-0003 , Hokkaido
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+81 135-23-3131
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

--is at Lat.43 10'N.Lon.14045'E,

or about the same Latitude as the middle of...

--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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I had an enjoyable afternoon at Nikka Whisky Distillery

I had an enjoyable afternoon at Nikka Whisky Distillery, needed to fill out a form before heading to wine tasting. Nikka wine was really really nice, highly recommended!

Reviewed 6 days ago
Quack H
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had an enjoyable afternoon at Nikka Whisky Distillery, needed to fill out a form before heading to wine tasting. Nikka wine was really really nice, highly recommended!

Thank Quack H
Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your planning to visit Otaru (a great place to visit outside of Sapporo), then make sure you plan to visit the Nikka Whisky Distillery in Yoichi. The place itself is great to see with the history of the pioneer whisky maker in Japan and how he made Japanese Whisky as one of the best in the world! You can... More 

Thank Louie C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you need tour guide, call and book early and in advance. Free whisky for 3 kinds of whisky, you can also try a 5 year aged and 10 year aged, at a fee.

Thank Danny L
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were disappointed that there was no English guided tour. Also the owner's house was closed. However, entry to museum is free. And there's some English translation beside the exhibits. Whiskey tasting was also free.

Thank waijgjy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Drove here from sapporo, took about 90 minutes on the free roads. But is was mostly a coastal drive so great way to see the scenery. They could have better directions to the museum car park.. We had to phone to find the car park... (There are a couple of entrances, the one we arrived at was sign posted that... More 

Thank Kenny M
Hengelo, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The distillery is located about 150 meters from Yoichi station (just down the road, cannot be missed). You can do a self guided tour, but guided tours are available to (Japanese language only though). Just new (not available yet when I was there: an self-guided tour app for tablet or smartphone also in English!). It's a large facilty, with all... More 

Thank Raimund L
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

An eye opener on whisky distillation and the history/story of the owner & his scottish wife. Good tasting of their whisky - there's both free and paid options. Enjoy very much.. tour is only in jap. For english, just walk around with the self-help guides. Whisky prices are very affordable.. you wished you could grab more home!

Thank MitreMe
Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

It was quite a drive to the area, from fast moving Sapporo through Otaru and then to Yoichi. The distillery was easy to find, with the help of our GPS. Thankfully, there were only a couple of tour buses which meant a couple of tour groups.. It's free of charge to tour the premises, and it's very Organised in showing... More 

Thank adventure_freedom
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Easy to locate, near the main Yoichi train station. Pleasant to walk around the vicinity with nice scenery and plenty of open space. Whisky tasting hall at the end of the tour has beautiful view of the outdoors and mountains. Rate and limited edition whiskies at the shop and some exclusive to only the distillery makes it a worthwhile visit... More 

Thank Ron C
Jersey, Channel Islands
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

I was intrigued by the popular Japanese TV mini series Massan. It was well worth the effort to visit from Sapporro by Train. Upon arriving at the somewhat unimpressive station with the TV theme tune playing repeatively from little tannoys scattered about the small town. This is probably some form of Psycological warefare experiment! The inhabitants seem unaffected so far?!... More 

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