Feb. 27, 2019 UPDATE

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

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See how Japanese whisky is made at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery!
You can find the oldest malt whisky distillery in Japan, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, on the foot of Mount Tennozan in south-western Kyoto. The distillery is a 15 to 20-minute train ride away from Kyoto Station, and a 10-minute walk from JR Yamazaki or a 10-minute walk from Hankyu Oyamazaki Station. At the distillery, you can take part in a guided tour for an extra fee, and by the end of this tour, you also get to try the distillery’s famous Yamazaki Single Malt whisky. You have to make a reservation for this very popular tour, and it is something that has already become a must-go in Japan for whisky lovers. Besides the tour you can also get to see the Yamazaki Whisky Museum which contains the museum, shop, and the tasting counter (paid), so the Yamazaki experience can also be enjoyed by those who are new to whisky. This place gives you a chance to experience firsthand the history, craftsmanship, and the continuous innovation of Suntory.
Yamazaki Distillery Tour
Yamazaki Distillery Tour: 1,000 yen per person (tax included)
The tour of the distillery takes around 80 minutes, and first you get to see how whisky is made, and after this you get to actually taste the whisky, including component whisky which is not normally for sale. The guide explains everything in easy to understand terms so the tour is very interesting, and they also have audio guides in English, Chinese, and French for you to borrow if you don’t understand Japanese. The Yamazaki Single Malt highball you get to make by the end of the tour is great!
Get to know the history of Japanese whisky
Get to know the history of Japanese whisky
At the Yamazaki Whisky Museum you get to know a lot about the history and story behind Japanese whisky. This is not part of the tour so you can enjoy the exhibitions at your own pace.
Whisky Library
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Whisky Library
The Whisky Library of the museum exhibits thousands of whisky bottles on its walls. You can also find a pot still and a washback that were used at the distillery for many years at the library, and take photos in front of them too.
Tasting counter: Whisky prices 100 yen and up
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Tasting counter: Whisky prices 100 yen and up
The tasting counter offers many types of whiskies. Some of the whiskies you can only have here, like the component whiskies and limited editions. So have fun finding the one you like the best! *Note that you cannot use a credit card at the tasting counter.
Manner & Tips
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Tips - audio guide

If you are taking part in the Yamazaki Distillery Tour  and don't understand Japanese, you can borrow an audio guide in English, Chinese, or French. 

Both the tour and the museum are extremely popular so you need to make a reservation. Especially the tour is not something you can join on the day, so make sure you make a reservation. You can make a reservation by clicking on the link below:


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Getting to learn about both how whisky is made and the history behind it make this place really interesting! And you don’t need to worry about the language barrier since you can get an audio guide. The whisky tasting at the end of the tour made me know so much more about whisky. But remember to make a reservation; the tours are almost always fully booked!
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The experience at Suntory is worth having even if you are not a whisky lover, but if you truly love whisky, it's a must-do when in Kansai. I personally like whisky when it is served with soda, but before going to Suntory didn't really like whisky straight or on rocks. But after seeing how whisky is made, getting to smell the pleasant smells coming from the whisky barrels, and most importantly, getting to taste some excellent whisky, I feel like I could really start liking whisky. And by the way, I had the best high ball I've ever drunk at Suntory.
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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery / サントリー山崎蒸溜所
Category Cultural Experience, Other Things to See
Phone +81 75-962-1423
Address 5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka
Directions A 10-minute walk from both JR Yamazaki Station and Hankyu Oyamazaki Station.
Open Hours Operating hours: 10:00 - 16:45 (Last entry at 16:30)
Reservations Required. *Reservations can be made three months in advance, including the current month. Every 1st of the month reservations start for two months in advance.
Closed Closed for the New Year’s holidays and for distillery shutdowns.
Notes Persons under 20 or those with children cannot participate. You can taste whisky during the tour so please use public transport when going to the distillery.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted. *Credit cards are only accepted at the Yamazaki Distillery Gift Shop.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
This place is visited by many tourists so they have no problem serving you in English. The exhibitions also have explanations in English by the Japanese text, and they even have audio guides for the tour.
Information Japanese(some signs are in English)
Lanuages spoken Japanese
URL1 https://www.suntory.com/factory/yamazaki/
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