The Nikka whisky Hokkaido factory Yoichi distillation that is famous nationwide as the facilities where there is tour of the plant free. It is a popular site which about 500,000 visitors visit a year.
The founder, Mr. Taketsuru, who is experienced in studying abroad to Scotland where is home of whisky, was sure that this ground in Yoichi fit making whisky, and he built the distillation place on this place.
Many difficulties were overcome with dearest wife Mrs. Rita, and the first whisky was born in 1940. As a sacred place of the Japanese whisky, it continues making high quality whisky now.
In the “whisky museum”, pot stills (single type distillation apparatus) used for generation of whisky is nearby observable. At the entrance, the pot still dignifiedly meets you. In addition, the various tools of making whisky and history, the difference in the manufacturing process by country, etc. are introduced, and it is impressive.
There are two places which can sample whisky in the Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. The 1st place is the charged sample corner “whisky club” in the “whisky museum.” The counter of a chic atmosphere imagines the pub in Scotland, and world whisky forms a line in a row.
One more place is the sample hall of the second floor of the Nikka hall. It is an extremely popular corner which can sample three sorts of alcohol for free. Ice, water, carbonated water, etc. are prepared and you can choose the way of drinking freely.
The inside of the factory which spreads to the vast site in Hokkaido shows seasonal expression. By inspecting the manufacturing process of whisky close at hand, the charm of whiskey can be felt further. Please visit, if there is an opportunity to come to Hokkaido.
|Name:||Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery|
|Address:||Kurokawacho 7-6 Yoichigun Yoichicho, Hokkaido 046-0003 Japan|
|Access:||JR Hakodate-honsen Line “Yoichi-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)|