Shimamoto Town in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture has prospered as a vital part of transportation from the Kyoto basin to the Osaka plain since ancient times. There are many historic sites that makes you feel a long history and it is a perfect place to sightseeing. Shimamoto Town is also known as a place of famous water, and tours of institutions related to famous water are also recommended.
Suntory ‘s “Yamazaki Series” is attracting fans with high quality and rich fragrance, deep flavor among Japanese whiskeys. That home is in Shimamoto Town. Because this is not well known, it seems that many people are surprised when visiting Shimamoto Town for the first time. Where delicious sake is born, there is always “delicious water”. The place name of “Yamazaki” famous as Shimamoto Town ‘s famous water land which boasts all over Japan has become the brand name of whiskey as it is.
In the factory tour you can learn about the secret of what kind of material being used and what kind of process the superb whiskey is born. You can learn some basic information on whiskey through guided tour, even those who are week in alcohol are interesting contents.
After the factory tour, you can taste the whiskey. It is a pleasant service for drinkers, especially those who like whiskey. “Yamazaki 12 years” which can not be easily purchased because it is expensive can also be tasted reasonably at the tasting counter. There are original whiskey and limited goods which only available here. Please come and visit Shimamoto Town when you come.
The SUNTORY Yamazaki Distillery is in the place called Yamasaki in Osaka prefecture. It is a distance of 40 minutes on foot from JR Kyoto line “Yamasaki Station”, even the speed that the child walks, it takes 15 minutes
The inside of the site, there is the “Whiskey Museum” in the right-hand side, and the distillation building is in the opposite side. In the Whiskey Museum of 2 stories, exhibition on the theme of “the process of Japanese whiskey” is carried out.
Especially, the state at the corner of the “whiskey library” that malt is located in a line is the best part is worth seeing.
The genuine huge pot still which has been ever used is displayed. The production of whiskey is felt familiar.
There is the factory shop “IN THE BARREL” in the second floor. The sale of the original goods and whiskey is carried out there, too.A stylish glass, a souvenir set, chocolate and snacks suitable for whiskey, etc. are attractive.
In the distillation place, the guided tour is carried out, too. You can see it in turn from the fermentation room in the factory. The highlight of the tour is a distillation building with the pot still. It is the place that can be called the core of the distillery. Because the passage is established next to the pot still, so various forms of them can be seen close at hand.
This is the storeroom. It is said that the live events etc. are sometimes held here. To listen to music surrounded by a lot of barrels of whiskey, it is an elegant atmosphere, don’t you think so?
|Name:||SUNTORY Yamazaki Distillery|
|Address:||Yamazaki 5-2-1 Mishimagun Shimamotocho, Osaka 618-0001 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tokaido-honsen Line “Yamazaki-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)|
* some facilities charged