Industrial Tourism in Japan
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
Yamazaki Distillery is distinguished by its uniqueness that a single distillery can produce a variety of whiskies, which a very few distillery in the world can match up. It all started with Suntory's pursuit of crafting world-class whisky to please the delicate Japanese palate. This theme has been constant over the distillery's long history as craftsmen add new innovations while continuing to practice skills passed down by their predecessors. The story of how Yamazaki Distillery crafted Yamazaki single malt whisky and endowed it with a world-class level of quality is the story of Japanese whisky itself, and it is no exaggeration to say that this is a sacred spot for Japanese whisky. Together with a moist, lush climate that is blessed with distinct seasons, Yamazaki's abundant supply of superb-quality water makes it a utopia in which to craft whiskies that are truly exceptional.
Suntory (Suntory Yamazaki Distillery)
5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka
-JR Osaka Station to JR Yamazaki Station (about 25 minutes)
-Hankyu Umeda Station to Hankyu Oyamazaki Station (about 40 minutes)
-JR Kyoto Station to JR Yamazaki Station (about 15 minutes)
-Hankyu Kawaramachi Station to Hankyu Oyamazaki Station (about 25 minutes)
*The distillery is located about 10 minutes on foot from JR Yamazaki Station and Hankyu Oyamazaki Station.
-The distillery is located 20 minutes by car from the Oyamazaki Interchange on the Meishin Expressway (part of Oyamazaki Junction on the Keiji Bypass).
*Take Route 171 (toward Osaka) from the Oyamazaki Interchange and turn at the Minase intersection.
-5 large buses only
*Visitors are recommended to come by train as parking space is limited.
*Drivers are not permitted to sample whisky as consumption of alcoholic beverages by drivers is prohibited by law. Thank you for your cooperation.
*The JR railroad crossing in front of the distillery is extremely narrow. To prevent accidents, even a minibus is advised not to use the crossing.
|Admission fee||Free Note: Some contents are fee based.|
|Working days and hours||9:30 am to 5:00 pm(except plant shutdowns)|
Over the New Year's holiday and during plant shutdowns
(some of which are not scheduled in advance)
2 people over.
*Tours are given as long as there are at least two visitors in each group
|Time required for a tour||
10:00 am to 3:00 pm (last tour leaves at 3:00 pm)
(One tour every hour on the hour)
[Weekends and public holidays]
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (last tour leaves at 12:00 pm)
(One tour every hour on the hour)
[English, Chinese and French audio guide information]
An audio guide describing the manufacturing process in English, Chinese and French is available for use by visitors to the distillery. Please request a unit when making your reservation. Please note that availability is limited; we may be unable to provide all interested visitors with a unit. Note: Some contents are fee based. Our correspondence is Japanese only.
Reserve your place on a tour by calling +81-75-962-1423
Reservations are accepted up to the day before the tour in question.
*Guided tours of the distillery are conducted in Japanese, but an audio guide in English, Chinese and French is available. Please request a unit when making your reservation.
*Driving while intoxicated and the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors are prohibited by law. Soft drinks will be provided to visitors driving cars, motorcycles, and bicycles as well as to motorcycle passengers and minors.
*Please follow our instructions inside the facility to ensure your safety as well as product cleanliness and quality. Pets are not permitted inside the distillery property
*Service animals, however, are allowed, with the exception of some manufacturing areas.
*To ensure the cleanliness of the food products manufactured at the facility, please refrain from bringing outside food and drink into the distillery.
*Unaccompanied minors are not permitted inside the facility