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-5:00pm
Closed over the New Year’s holiday and during distillery shutdowns.
*Some of which are not scheduled in advance.
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. English, Chinese and Korean head-sets are available. 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.