Welcome to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Fresh water, clear air and a cool climate with moderate humidity are the three most important elements for whisky making.
The rich natural environment of Yoichi, Hokkaido provides a perfect utopia for producing exquisite whisky.

Cold climate, moderate humidity, crisp clean air and fresh snowmelt water - these natural elements of Hokkaido provide an ideal environment for whisky making.
From the storage of ingredients to the maturation in casks, the northern environment is the optimal place for whisky making.

Yoichi, Hokkaido – the first land designated by our founder Masataka Taketsuru.
The land was in many ways similar to Scotland where Masataka learned whisky making.
The scenery of mountains and sea, the cool climate and most of all the morning haze was so similar to Scotland that it conjured images of home for Masataka’s Scottish wife Rita.
The misty haze prevents the casks in the warehouses from drying and also minimizes temperature differences which is ideal for a calm maturation.
In addition Hokkaido is well known for barley production, and local peat to dry malt was also available from Ishikari plains.

The traditional direct coal-fired distillation gives rich and bold flavors to Yoichi malts. Amongst the multiple types of malt whiskies, the heavy peat malt is the most distinctive and the signature of Yoichi.
The climate similar to Highlands in Scotland delivers the bold and strong character to the whisky.

Distillery Requests for visitors

  • 1.Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages if you have come by car or bicycle, if you are a minor, if you are an expecting mother or nursing. Please do not put your mouth on the glassware.
  • 2.Whisky tasting is limited to a glass per brand per person. Please drink responsibly.
  • 3.Please refrain from bringing in food and drinks.
  • 4.Please refrain from bringing in pets.
    Assistance dogs for the disabled are excepted.
  • 5.Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas.
  • 6.Please refrain from asking questions or taking photos of our employees out of personal interest.
  • 7.Please refrain from interfering our operation or disturbing other visitors.

Tour type

Both guided tours conducted by Japanese-speaking Nikka representatives and self-guided walking tours are available at Yoichi Distillery. Please select the type of tour that is right for you.

In the hopes of introducing more people to the wonders of whisky, Yoichi Distillery offers tours of its facility to interested members of the public.We are sure you will enjoy this opportunity to see how Nikka Whisky is created in this beautiful natural setting.

Guided distillery tours

Tour fee:
7-6 Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-cho, Yoichi-gun,Hokkaido 046-0003

Contact Us

Phone : +81 135 23 3131 Fax : +81 135 23 3137
(9:00am to 5:00pm)

Tour type

Guided distillery tours

A Japanese-speaking guide will kindly introduce you to the whisky manufacturing process, the history of Nikka Whisky and more.
Guided tour hours:9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tours are conducted every 30 minutes.
No English guided tours are available.
Facilities on the tour are open until 5:00 p.m. After completion of the guided tour,visitors are welcome to continue viewing the facilities until closing time.

Self-guided distillery tours

Visitors may explore the facilities freely with the use of a guide map.
Guided tour hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A distillery tour pamphlet will be distributed to visitors upon arrival. Visitors may tour the facilities freely at their own pace while referring to the guide map inside the pamphlet.

Restaurant Information

Restaurant TARU
Phone : +81 135 23 3131 Fax : +81 135 23 3137
(11:00am to 4:00pm)
We are closed 12/25 to 1/7

Legal drinking age in Japan is 20 year old.
Drink driving is prohibited by law.
Women should not drink alcohol beverages during pregnancy and breast feeding.
Please drink responsibly and recycle after drinking.


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