YOICHI Distillery

--is at Lat.43 10'N.Lon.14045'E,

or about the same Latitude as the middle of New York State, Toronto Canada, Vladivostok Russia.

--rests about 50km west of Sapporo City in southern Hokkaido, which is the northernmost of Japan's four principal islands, and was one of the last Japanese frontiers to be developed.

--has three sides surrounded by mountains, and one side on the coast (Sea of Japan). --is blessed with the things that really matter to great whisky.

However, Scotch whisky captured the young man's imagination, as well as the interest of few other enterprising Japanese of that day. He decided to dedicate his life to whisky.


Hokkaido Yoichigun Yoichimachi Kurokawacho 7-6 Japan

Phone : +81 135 23 3131 Fax : +81 135 23 2202

YOICHI Distillery Tours

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.

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.

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 3:30 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.

Open 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.

Holiday : Tuesday, December 25, 2018 ~ Monday, January 7, 2019

Changes to services at the Yoichi Distillery

—We will be making changes to our tasting services at the tasting hall—

In order to reinforce countermeasures for driving under the influence, and drinking by minors, as well as to promote appropriate alcohol consumption practices, starting on January 8, 2017, guests who wish to consume alcoholic beverages during their distillery tour will be asked to fill out an additional application on the day of the tour.

→ Please see here for details.


7-6 Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-cho, Yoichi-gun,Hokkaido 046-0003

Tour fee



  • You can taste three brands of our products.Tasting is limited to one glass per each brand.
  • The law prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol. Visitors arriving by car or bicycle, minors, and pregnant or nursing mothers are asked to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages. Soft drinks will be available.
  • Some portions of the tours are outdoor. On rainy days, please bring your own rain gear.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use (free of charge). Please call/fax in advance to reserve one if required.


  • Because this is a factory that produces beverages for consumption, for sanitary reasons we ask that you refrain from bringing in food or pets. However, assistance dogs accompanying disabled persons are permitted.
  • Smoking is prohibited on the distillery grounds, except in designated areas.
  • Some portions of the tours are outdoor. On rainy days, please bring your own rain gear.
  • To reduce the burden on the environment, visitors arriving by car are requested to refrain from idling their engines and turn them off while parked.
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