Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
About
--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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mark
    Queenstown, New Zealand3,056 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating company
    This is a very interesting place to visit, I believe that you don’t have to be a whisky drinker to appreciate the history behind this fascinating company, I’ve often seen the logo and the neon sign in Sapporo but never gave any thought about the product. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get on the 70-minute tour as it was fully booked but I strolled through the museum to see the different whiskies that have been produced over time, this company actually started out as a fruit juice company while waiting for the whisky to mature, after the museum stroll I couldn’t resist spending some time and money in the souvenir shop where I bought a single malt for 68,000yen which I believe is quite reasonable. This is a must visit destination but book early to avoid the disappointment of missing out on the tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • msquared
    Kaneohe, Hawaii532 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome tour
    Excellent tour and museum. Free tasting at the end of the tour. We opted out of this for better tastings in the museum. The gift shop is stock with various whiskey not readily available in the US. Great deals.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • 197gabes
    Singapore, Singapore156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just for whisky lovers
    The Nikka whisky distillery is good for a half day trip. There is nothing much to do in the town of Yoichi itself. To get there, there is a few transportation options available, but would recommend heading there by bus as the fare is reasonable and offers a great view of the coast line along the way. Did not know that advanced reservation was required for their distillery tour, but not all was lost as there is still the free tour available which you get limited access to the place on own, allowing you to visit the museum, gift shop and restaurant. At the end of the walk around the small museum, you also get sample some of Nikka’s product at own cost. (Another good reason not to drive there) The gift shop is great if you are looking to purchase some limited items or souvenirs from Nikka not available elsewhere. Since it was past lunchtime when we were there, decided to have settle our meal at the on site restaurant, Rita’s Kitchen. Food was not too bad, portion was decent and reasonably priced, service was also good and the place was clean and quite spacious. Overall the visit was good and educational. Probably would had enjoyed it more if have done their guided tour and get to see more of the place. So if you are planning a visit do remember to check their website and book your guided tour.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2024
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197gabes
Singapore, Singapore156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Nikka whisky distillery is good for a half day trip. There is nothing much to do in the town of Yoichi itself. To get there, there is a few transportation options available, but would recommend heading there by bus as the fare is reasonable and offers a great view of the coast line along the way.
Did not know that advanced reservation was required for their distillery tour, but not all was lost as there is still the free tour available which you get limited access to the place on own, allowing you to visit the museum, gift shop and restaurant. At the end of the walk around the small museum, you also get sample some of Nikka’s product at own cost. (Another good reason not to drive there)
The gift shop is great if you are looking to purchase some limited items or souvenirs from Nikka not available elsewhere.
Since it was past lunchtime when we were there, decided to have settle our meal at the on site restaurant, Rita’s Kitchen. Food was not too bad, portion was decent and reasonably priced, service was also good and the place was clean and quite spacious.
Overall the visit was good and educational. Probably would had enjoyed it more if have done their guided tour and get to see more of the place. So if you are planning a visit do remember to check their website and book your guided tour.
Written 11 June 2024
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msquared
Kaneohe, HI532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Excellent tour and museum. Free tasting at the end of the tour. We opted out of this for better tastings in the museum. The gift shop is stock with various whiskey not readily available in the US. Great deals.
Written 21 March 2024
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Wolv3rin3
Subang Jaya, Malaysia5,764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
If you're near Yoichi and have a couple of hours, a visit and guided tour (required pre registration) of Nikka Yoichi Distillery is a must for whisky lovers.
Well organised guided tour, we were lucky to have decent weather for the tour, as the heavy snowing earlier had subsided. At end of the tour, your get a free sampler of three liquor, Apple wine, Super Nikka and single malt Yoichi.
Do spend some time through the museum to peruse on Masataka Taketsuru journey to bring Scottish whisky to Japan.
Written 1 March 2024
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Max
Yoichi-gun, Japan3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
really cool experience seeing how whisky is produced. lovely walk thru the gardens and old buildings. the tour is good but only in japanese. free tastings at the end with an option to buy more exclusive whiskys too.
Written 16 August 2023
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Mark
Queenstown, New Zealand3,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a very interesting place to visit, I believe that you don’t have to be a whisky drinker to appreciate the history behind this fascinating company, I’ve often seen the logo and the neon sign in Sapporo but never gave any thought about the product. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get on the 70-minute tour as it was fully booked but I strolled through the museum to see the different whiskies that have been produced over time, this company actually started out as a fruit juice company while waiting for the whisky to mature, after the museum stroll I couldn’t resist spending some time and money in the souvenir shop where I bought a single malt for 68,000yen which I believe is quite reasonable. This is a must visit destination but book early to avoid the disappointment of missing out on the tour.
Written 21 July 2023
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Ranz
Dandridge, TN141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
As a fan of the products and being in the neighborhood, I went for a visit to this complex. I was unable to book a tour of the facility, which I understand are only conducted in Japanese, but did visit the museum. On one hand, it's mostly a commercial for its many products though this process is setout in an understandable manner and the presentation is very good. The highlight, of course, is sampling the output. This can get interesting as one is offered an almost unlimited menu of choices which range in price from 300 to 1000 yen. I limited myself to three samples which were pleasantly distinct from each other and all enjoyable. Water is provided to add if necessary. Note: while entrance for the tour is very near the JR Station, getting to the museum is a bit of a hike. The story of the brand is most interesting and well worth a read before a visit.
Written 13 November 2022
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ScambusterSZ
Sydney, Australia1,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
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 23 October 2022
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Zachary H
Tokyo, Japan5,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Australia1,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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