Industrial Tourism in Japan
Suntory (Suntory Hakushu Distillery)
Known as the "Forest Distillery", Hakushu Distillery is located at a site known for the pristine waters of the Ojira River, which has been designated by Japan's Ministry of the Environment as one of the highest-quality water sources in the country. The construction of the distillery, which is surrounded by expansive forest, was the culmination of a many-year search for a site that could best take advantage of Japan's natural bounty in the process of making Japanese whisky. A willingness to experiment through a process of trial and error has led to the production of a remarkable variety of single malt whiskies at the facility, bringing to fruition the goal of creating a world-class whisky that would please the delicate Japanese palate. Hakushu Distillery, which produces Hakushu single malt whisky and an array of other world-renowned, high-quality whiskies, continues to pursue new whisky flavours and aromas in a beautiful natural setting.
Suntory (Suntory Hakushu Distillery)
2913-1 Torihara, Hakushu-cho, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi
The distillery is located about 10 minutes by car from Kobuchizawa Station on the JR Chuo Main Line.
The distillery is located 15 minutes by car from the Kobuchizawa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.
Parking capacity: 200 passenger cars (Large buses can also be accommodated.)
From Nirasaki to Hakushu Distillery
No. 3 boarding area at Nirasaki Station → Matsubarakami (the closest bus stop to the distillery)
From Hakushu Distillery to Nirasaki
Matsubarakami (the closest bus stop to the distillery) → Nirasaki Station
*For departure times, fares, and other information, please contact the Yamako Town Coach Nirasaki Sales Office by phone on +81-551-22-2511.
|Admission fee||Free (partly-paid seminar)|
|Working days and hours||9:30 am to 4:30 pm (except during plant shutdowns)|
Over the New Year's holiday and during plant shutdowns
(some of which are not scheduled in advance)
2 people or more.
*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 3:00 pm
(last tour leaves at 3:00 pm)
(One tour every half 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.
Reserve your place on a tour by calling +81-551-35-2211
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