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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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Address: 7-6 Kurokawa-cho | HOKKAIDO Yoichi-gun Yoichi-cho, Yoichi-gun, Yoichi-cho 046-0003 , Hokkaido
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Phone Number: +81 135-23-3131
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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--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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It is a bit far from Sapporo, if you have a car (with a designated driver) or can combine with a trip to Otaru, would be worth it, depends on how much you like Nikka whiskey. For... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a cold and windy day when i arrived and all the day tours for the day was allocated to cater to Japanese customers. The front desk operator however told me that it is still possible to make a tour around the vicinity if I can use the brochure as a guide which I took. The entire place took... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a bit far from Sapporo, if you have a car (with a designated driver) or can combine with a trip to Otaru, would be worth it, depends on how much you like Nikka whiskey. For me, worth it. Go straight to the paid tasting, still pretty reasonable, they have a lot of distillery exclusives. They make great souvenirs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The motivation to visit the Nikka Yoichi distillery was primarily motivated by my brother's interest in whisky and my mother's familiarity of the Nikka founder's story thanks to the popular NHK tv series Massan. We made a day trip from Sapporo taking a bus from Sapporo bus station (located next to JR Sapporo station) to Yoichi (which drops you off... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The tale of this company's founding and eventual success, told around the facility and in its excellent museum, is fascinating and worth a visit, even if you don't like distilled beverages. Whisky-making is explained clearly in a rustic setting, a mixture of Scotland and the impressive old warehouses of Otaru. The whisky tasting arrangements will be changed a bit in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Simple 2-3 hour visit is good enough for the distillery. Did not try the restaurant, but be sure to go for the free-whisky tasting which is near the restaurant and gift shop. The gift shop carries snacks as well as some yoichi-only whisky, but oddly, not their single malts (might have something to do with a lack of supply due... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The distillery offers a good self-guided tour of how whisky is made, and even for an amateur after the tour one should have a good grasp of the process, and the different elements in producing the spirit. The stroll around the distillery is nice with a lot of greens, unlike what you would imagine for an industrial distillery. But my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I wish we had more time to look around but we enjoyed our brief visit to this place. Good exhibits to understand the history of the place and whisky making. The garden was pretty and just walking around this big site was very nice.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Took us an hour to get there from Hokkaido. But worth the journey. Nice guided tour and also some exhibits to help us understand the whisky making process.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Free tour, free tasting, nice umbrellas... It was a perfekt day trip, from otaru by train, on a rainy day like yesterday.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Being from Scotland, I really enjoyed the history behind this distillery. The distillery is well presented but as the tours are only conducted in Japanese, I felt it there was something lacking. It wasn't possible to get up close to the process as the non guided tour sections ensured you stayed behind glass screens and barriers. Hopefully with the rugby... More 

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