Suntory's Distillery Tour, for Quality Whiskey Tour and Tasting, in Kyoto

It was Amnet's honor in guiding beloved customers, out of all our valuable clienteles, into the Suntory's Whiskey Production Resort located at approximately 10 minutes of walking distance from the Yamazaki train station.

Photo of the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery.

Photo of the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery.

The Yamazaki Distillery

The Yamazaki Distillery became the birth place for Japan's first commercial whiskey distillery in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture on 1932. 

The distillery became popular both in Japan and over seas after the release of Japanese whiskey-themed morning drama, Massan, gained fame. 

Neatly stacked whiskey barrels seen in the process at the Yamazaki Distillary Tour. Here is a closer look at one of the whiskey barrels.

Neatly stacked whiskey barrels seen in the process at the Yamazaki Distillary Tour. Here is a closer look at one of the whiskey barrels.

Suntory's fine distillery services include a tour regarding the craftmen's hard fought efforts in creating a diverse population of reputable whiskeys

With many different types of copper pot stills here, Suntory is able to produce whiskeys of various types.

With many different types of copper pot stills here, Suntory is able to produce whiskeys of various types.

The distillery tour shows how the whiskey inside the barrels, over time, goes through chemical changes from reddish wine-like color (right) to a much darker appearance and concentration (left) as time passes.

The distillery tour shows how the whiskey inside the barrels, over time, goes through chemical changes from reddish wine-like color (right) to a much darker appearance and concentration (left) as time passes.

Following along would be a precious experience for unblended whiskey tasting. Unblended whiskeys are not for sale, and they are the main ingredients responsible for creating Suntory's Yamazaki Single Malt Whiskeys.

*The cost for tasting the unblended whiskey is included in the tour.

The reviews from the website, Tripadvisor, indicate that the tours are given in Japanese. Audio guides of various languages are given in accordance to the individual. 

With another review from the site cited above, it mentions the friendly service there as the staff is of excellent nature and their English translations were of great ability. With this particular review's introduction being that this reviewer have been to other whiskey distillery tours, and nothing was new to the reviewer in regards to what is to be expected at a distillery tour. Although, the review further delivers that this particular tour is unique in a way that it "makes you appreciate Suntory Yamazaki Whiskey." At the end of the tour, whiskey tour clienteles were able to taste up to 4 glasses of whiskey. 

4 different whiskey tasting of different types and flavors with snacks and other treats on the side. Some of which include the White Oak Cask Malt, the Wine Cask Malt and the Yamazaki Single Malt Whiskey.

4 different whiskey tasting of different types and flavors with snacks and other treats on the side. Some of which include the White Oak Cask Malt, the Wine Cask Malt and the Yamazaki Single Malt Whiskey.

The Yamazaki Distillery Tour consists of a duration of 80 minutes, and costs 1000 JPY per person. 

The Yamazaki tour requires that attendees make prior reservations before one's visit. As well as the participators for the whiskey tasting (included) tour having to meet the requirement of being 20 years of age or above, which is Japan's minimum legal drinking age as of November 2016.

*Reservations may be booked up to 3 months ahead so please be wary for future seeking go-ers. One may make reservations online as well as by telephone. 

The other service which the Suntory Distillery offers is the Yamazaki Whiskey Museum where reservation is also necessary upon visitation, unless the valued attendee has applied for the Yamazaki Distillery Tour. In which case, reservation for this department does not have to be done for one's visit. 

Inside the museum are video panels that showcase the history of Japanese whiskey and their distillery. Additionally, there is a tasting counter where one can taste whiskeys from throughout the countries, and compare their fragrance, with many different types of whiskeys procured through distinctive distillation/aging techniques with a fee included on the menu.

Whiskey tasting counter and server at the whiskey museum. 

Whiskey tasting counter and server at the whiskey museum. 

The wooden and glass furnishings that the whiskeys are stored in adds a tranquil feel for the whiskey tasting experience. 

*Note that there are only parking spots of motor coaches and people with disabilities. 

 

Location

5-2-1 Yamazaki, Mishima-gun, Shimamoto-cho 618-0001, Osaka Prefecture 

Open hours:

9:30 am to 5:00 pm (except for plant shutdowns)
Facility is closed over the New Years holiday. 
 

Price: 

Yamazaki Distillery Tour (1000 JPY)

The Story of Yamazaki (2000 JPY) 

How to get there:

<From Osaka>

•Take the JR train from Osaka Station to Yamazaki Station (about 25 minutes).

•Or one may take the Hankyu train from Umeda Station to Oyamazaki Station (about 40 minutes). 

<From Kyoto>

•Take the JR train from Kyoto Station to Yamazaki Station (about 15 minutes).

•Or take the Hankyu train from Kawaramachi Station to Oyamazaki Station (about 25 minutes).

*The distillery is located about 10 minutes on foot from JR Yamazaki Station and Hankyu Oyamazaki Station.
 

Online Reservations for:

Yamazaki Distillery Tour

Yamazaki Whiskey Museum

For more information visit: 

http://www.suntory.com/factory/yamazaki/

*Or one may contact the Yamazaki Distillery Information Desk at:

+81 75-962-1423