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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

A sanctuary where one can immerse in the authentic atmosphere of Nikka Whisky.

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Founded in 1934 (Showa 9) by Masataka Taketsuru, often referred to as the father of Japanese whisky, this distillery is the origin and cornerstone of Nikka Whisky. After studying the art of whisky-making in its homeland of Scotland, Taketsuru sought to recreate that authentic taste in Japan, leading him to establish this very distillery. With its rich atmosphere reminiscent of Scotland, the distillery compound boasts a variety of storage houses and distillation buildings, some of which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties.

The distillery offers guided tours, which require prior booking, where guides thoroughly explain the process of whisky production and the history of Nikka Whisky. Following the tour, guests can enjoy free tasting sessions, including samples of "Single Malt Yoichi." The distillery also conducts various paid seminars for an even deeper appreciation of whisky.

Visitors are also encouraged to drop by the "Nikka Museum", which doesn't require reservations. The museum showcases the progression of time in whisky-making, with sections highlighting the blenders and exhibits about the four primary brands representing Nikka Whisky, allowing visitors to delve deep into the allure of Nikka Whisky. There's also an on-site "Tasting Bar" (chargeable) where one can savor a range of Nikka Whisky products, including those exclusive to the distillery. The popular restaurant "RITA’s KITCHEN", serving dishes that pair excellently with whisky, including British and Scottish cuisines, is also available.


  • The free guided tour (reservation required) takes about 70 minutes. Tours are held every hour on the hour and half-hour, except for the 12:30 pm slot.
  • Don't miss the "Nikka Museum", which can be enjoyed without a reservation.
  • The distillery also houses "RITA’s KITCHEN", where you can savor dishes that pair excellently with whisky, including exclusive products from Yoichi Distillery.


  • The premises evoke a foreign atmosphere reminiscent of Scotland.

    The premises evoke a foreign atmosphere reminiscent of Scotland.

  • Learn about the whisky-making process through guided tours.

    Learn about the whisky-making process through guided tours.

Official FAQs

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Do you have signs or pamphlets in foreign languages? (If you do, which languages are available?)


English pamphlets available, Free voice guided Tours are available(English, Chinese, Korean).


Is free Wi-Fi available in the area?


Yes, it is.


Are coin lockers available?


We provide coin lockers for visitors only.


Is it possible to re-enter the premises?


Yes, for customers with reservations on the same day.


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Name in Japanese
Postal Code
7-6 Kurokawacho, Yoichicho, Yoichigun, Hokkaido
From December 25 to January 7
Business Hours
To visit 9:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 3:00pm,
Nikka Museum&Shop 9:15am - 4:15pm, Restaurant 10:30am - 3:50pm
From JR Yoichi Station, it's a 2-3 minute walk to the tour reception and about a 10-minute walk to the entrance near the store.
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Official Website (English)