Access to the Yoichi Distillery

<Notice of Distillery Tours>

Distillery tours and tastings as well as the gift shop and restaurant at Yoichi Distillery will be temporarily suspended until further notice, as our commitment to prevent further spread of COVID-19 infections.
We will update this website when the situation allows to restart the distillery tours.

We appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation.

At Latitude 43.2°N
The harsh and rich nature in the north
satisfying everything needed for whisky making

Masataka Taketsuru, the first Japanese who mastered whisky making in Scotland, valued the climate and natural features of the north. Yoichi, the place chosen by Masataka was close to the sea, surrounded by mountains on three sides and in many ways similar to Highland in Scotland. A cold climate with an appropriate humidity, crisp clean air and fresh water - everything necessary for his ideal whisky was available. The proximity to the sea is one of the distinctive features of Yoichi. The sea breeze gives a briny hint to the whisky during the maturation.


Direct coal-fired distillation
The tradition inherited from the foundation

Masataka set a pot still using direct coal-fire when he built the Yoichi Distillery. This still was similar to pot stills at Longmorn Distillery where Masataka had the first practical training in Scotland. This traditional coal-fired distillation is hardly seen today as it is difficult to control temperature and requires highly skilled craftsmen. However, the distillation process at Yoichi has remained very traditional to this day. The characteristics of Yoichi Single Malt such as boldness and toasty burnt flavors are unique features of this distillation.


Access to the Yoichi Distillery

Opening hours 9:00am-4:30pm
Closed over the New Year’s holiday and during distillery shutdowns.
*Some of which are not scheduled in advance.

New Year’s Holiday
From December 25 to January 7

Distillery facility name Opening time Closing time
Museum 9:15 16:15(Paid tasting corner / order stop16:00)
Souvenir Shop 9:15 16:15
Restaurant 10:30 15:50(order stop15:20)
Taketsuru House 9:15 16:15

For inquiries and reservations

TEL/+81 (0)135-23-3131 (9:00am-5:00pm)    FAX/+81 (0)135-23-3137

There is a possibility the tour may be cancelled due to bad weather. During mid-winter some facilities cannot be observed. The route of guided tours will also be changed accordingly. Please contact us for further information.


Kurokawacho 7-6, Yoichicho,Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido 046-0003


Requests for visitors

For sanitary reasons, please refrain from bringing in food and drinks. Pets are not permitted inside the distillery property. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages if you have come by car or bicycle. Smoking is not allowed except in the designated smoking areas.


About tour

Is it expensive to tour the distillery?

Distillery tour is free.

Can I taste whisky?

Yes. There is one type of whisky available for tastings. You can taste one serve.
However, whisky tasting is not available for those who drive a car or motorcycle, those who come by bicycle, those under the age of 20, and those who are pregnant or nursing.
Soft drinks are available.

Do you have paid tastings?

The paid tastings are available under restrictions in the NIKKA MUSEUM.
You can taste three serves.

Can I visit it individually?

Yes. We welcome individual customers.

Can my children visit together?

Yes. Guests with children can also participate. We offer soft drinks for those under 20 years old.

Can I take photos and videos during the tour?

You can take photos at any time during the tour, however please refrain from taking videos or recording.

When is the museum closed?

It is closed during the year-end and New Year holidays. For more information, please contact the distillery directly.

Is it possible to visit many times on the same day?

Unfortunately we only allow one tour per person, per day.

Is it possible to visit with a stroller?

Yes, however due to snow we do not recommend the use of strollers during the winter season.

Is it possible to tour in English?

Unfortunately, our guided tours are in Japanese only.
For overseas customers, a self-guided tour with a voice guidance app is available. The app is free of charge and is available for download on your smartphone.
Otherwise, you can read the QR code or enter in your browser to access our distillery website, which will be an usefull tool as you tour the distillery.

Is there a place to download the voice guide app?

FREE Wi-Fi is available at the Visitor's waiting room and the first floor of Nikka Kaikan.

What languages does the voice guide app support?

English, Chinese (Simplified) and Korean.

Can I tour with a wheelchair?

Yes, however due to snow we do not recommend the use of wheelchairs during the winter season.

Can I leave my luggages?

Yes. Coin lockers are available in the waiting room. Please note that lockers are free, but a 100 yen coin is required when locking the door. The coin will return upon re-opening the locker.
Larger luggages can be kept at reception.

About reservation

Do I need to make a reservation to tour the distillery? Can I tour without making a reservation?

Guided tours are available in Japanese only and requires a reservation.
Self-guided tours continue to be suspended.
Reservation availability and number of guests allowed in the distillery will be restricted. Reservations for distillery tours can be made through our website or by phone.

[Reservation required for 11 or more guests or chartered bus]
Can I make a reservation on the day?

Please make a reservation as soon as possible by telephone or fax, as we are often fully booked.

What should I do if the number of people changes?

Please contact us by phone.

What telephone number is? What is the fax number?

Phone: +81 (0) 135-23-3131
FAX: +81 (0) 135-23-3137

What is the telephone reception time?

From 9 am to 4 pm.

About visit

How do I get to the distillery?

Train About 3 minutes on foot from Yoichi Station (JR Hakodate Main Line). Please note that the number of trains from Otaru to Yoichi is limited. Please check the timetable in advance.
Bus The Bus Terminal in front of The Otaru station bound for Kutchan / bound for Iwanai / bound for Mikuni / bound for Yobetsu / bound for Yoichi Umekawa garage will take you to Yoichi Station (35 minutes). From Yoichi Station is about a 3 minute walk.
Car About 3 km from Yoichi Interchange on the Shiribeshi Expressway to Yoichi-cho on Route 753.

Is there a parking lot?

Yes. Please see the map for details.
However, whisky tasting is not available for those who drive a car or motorcycle, those who come by bicycle, those under the age of 20, and those who are pregnant or nursing. Soft drinks are available.

Parking lot

Do you have a shuttle bus?

Unfortunatey we do not have a shuttle bus service.

Is there a smoking area?

Currently, smoking areas are prohibited to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Can I go by bicycle?

Yes, however drink driving is prohibited by law. There is no alcohol tolerrance in Japan and this also applies for bicycles. Please use public transport if you wish to taste whiskies.

Can I bring my pet?

Please refrain from bringing pets due to food safety and sanitation reasons.
However, this does not apply to assistive dogs for the disabled.

Can I bring lunch and snacks?

For food safety and sanitation reasons, please refrain from bringing in food.

Can I use only the shop?

Souvenir shop “Distilly Shop Northland" is open only for guests with guided tour reservations.


Do you have eating facilities?

Yes. We have "Nikka Kaikan Restaurant TARU(Barrel)".
The restaurant is open only for guests with guided tour reservations.
[Business hours] From 11:00 to 16:00 (15:00 order stop)