Japanese Whisky Tour

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Japan Whisky Trail

9 Days/8 Nights : Tokyo, Yamanashi, Kyoto, Osaka, Sendai and Sapporo

Driven by the attraction of Japanese culture, Japanese whisky is attracting more and more whisky lovers.

As the reputation of Japanese whisky has spread across the globe, the number of distilleries in Japan has risen to more than 20, when there were only 9 in 2011.

Any distillery tour is a must for Whisky enthusiasts but here is a selection of some of the best – Suntory Hakushu, Suntory Yamazaki, Nikka Miyagikyo, Nikka Yoichi…

This is a model itinerary. Contact us to request your very own handcrafted program.

Trip Highlights

  • A tailor-made itinerary crafted personally for you
  • The best whisky distilleries throughout the country
  • Tokyo, one of the world’s most exciting cities
  • The history, tradition and culture of Kyoto
  • All your accommodations in luxury hotels
  • Large choice of exclusive experiences
  • A Japan Tour Designer to answer your questions
  • Thoughtful customer service
  • And more !

Sample Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Travel Day

After clearing customs and immigration, meet our representative and transfer by private car to your ideally located hotel.

Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

At your hotel, you might want to enjoy Michelin-starred dining experiences, as well as drinks in the 38th-floor Bar, which stocks a solid selection of whiskies, seasonal cocktails and snacks.

Mandarin Oriental or equivalent.

Day 2: Tokyo

Today, choose from a selection of our tours or experiences – the Toyosu fish market, Asakusa, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku and the Meiji shrine…

These are well worth a visit, but Tokyo also offers a multitude of choices for travelers looking for a less touristy and more typical Japanese experience, just let us know what takes your fancy.

Not only in Tokyo, but during all your trip in Japan, we will of course give you restaurant advice for lunch and dinner, as well the best spots for Japanese whisky in Tokyo and Japan.

Mandarin Oriental or equivalent.

Day 3: Suntory Hakushu & Kirin Fudji Sanroku

Today with a private car, you will travel to the Yamanashi province and visit the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, also called “The Forest Distillery”.

Buried in a vast forest area, at the foot of Minami Alps, relying on the blessings of abundant nature, the Suntory Hakushu Distillery continues to produce Whiskey special to Hakushu through the skill of expert craftsmen.

You will then head to the Fuji Gotemba Distillery, to taste the Kirin Fudji Sanroku – Sanroku means “in the foothills of the Mount Fuji” – The visit will get you into the rackhouse and a tasting session at the end with three different grain whiskies: light, medium, and heavy.

Mandarin Oriental or equivalent.

Day 4: Tokyo/Kyoto

In the morning you will transfer to Kyoto with the shinkansen, approximately 2h30.

Some sights that you may wish to visit include Fushimi Inari Dera Temple with its winding mountain pathway lined with red torii gates and Kinkakuji (golden pavilions) with its golden centrepiece and gardens. There is so much to do an see in Kyoto that you will never get bored.

Late afternoon and evening, catch a glimpse of a geisha or “geiko” as they’re known in Kyoto, with her white face and beautiful kimono, rushing to an appointment in the narrow streets of Kyoto’s Gion district.

Overlooking the relaxing Kamo River, The Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, carries an excellent range of whiskies and other spirits.

Hosoo Residence or equivalent.

Day 5: Suntory Yamazaki/Osaka

After breakfast,  your private car will pick you up and drive you to the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, located at the foot of Mount Tennozan, surrounded by high-quality water and natural environment.

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.

After the visit and tasting, on your way to Osaka, you may want to visit Nara, the ancient capital, known for its shrines and temples, including the ancient wooden Todai-ji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.

The Adee bar of your hotel is great, but you might want to have dinner at the tastefully decorated Suntory Whisky House’s restaurant.

InterContinental Hotel or equivalent.

Day 6: Sendai

After checking out,  your car will come and pick you up to drive you to the Osaka Itami airport to catch a flight for Sendai.

The city as attractions such as observation towers, museums and galleries, but the it also offers traditional places to visit such as mausoleums of famous families and the ruins of its ancient castle.

As you would expect for any city in Japan, you can also enjoy a delicious food scene and particularly the Sendai beef, the only one luxury beef of the whole country, by which the quality of meat notified level 5.

Your hotel’s Bar Knight stocks a range of local Miyagikyo whisky.

Hotel Metropolitan or equivalent.

Day 7: Nikka Miyagikyo/Sapporo

Early morning, by private car you will travel to the Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery.

Masataka Taketsuru, known as the “Father of Japanese Whisky,” was the brains behind major whisky brand Nikka. He was the first Japanese ever to study the art of whisky making in Scotland.

After tasting the water from the Hirose and Nikkagawa rivers in Miyagi, Masataka Taketsuru knew it was the right location to open his second factory and the first whisky to come out of the distillery was launched in October 1940.

You driver will then bring you to Sendai airport where you will take a flight for Sapporo.

Your hotel is home to a luxurious and discreet bar, which in the half-light, offers the best stocked whisky cellar in northern Japan. But you can of course visit the Nikka whisky heaven – The Nikka Bar.

Sapporo Grand Hotel or equivalent.

Day 8: Nikka Yoichi

Today, you will travel to Nikka Yoichi Distillery by private car.

Coming back from Scotland, Masataka Taketsuru was searching for a nature-rich environment with a climate similar to Scotland, and opened his first distillery in Yoichi in 1934.Today, the distillery features a whisky museum and the home in which Taketsuru and his wife Rita lived in is open to the public.

After the trip in Nikka Yoichi Distillery, you will visit Otaru, Hokkaido’s best hidden gem. You will take in views of old Otaru townscapes from the canal on a cruise tour.

Then your last evening in Japan will be at the Sapporo Beer Garden – Where you will enjoy chilled beer with all you can eat Hokkaido local dishes such as Jingisukan (Mutton BBQ), Sushi and Crab!

Sapporo Grand Hotel or equivalent.

Day 9: Time to leave

Transfer by private car to Sapporo airport for a flight to Tokyo.

We hope you enjoyed this short whisky tour of Japan. Discovered some really nice whisky distilleries, but we also enjoyed amazing landscapes and landmarks. This tour was not just about the whisky! But a very well-balanced itinerary that gives you a taste of real Japan, one you would not easily be able to discover on your own.

We hope to see you again.

Trip Highlights

  • A tailor-made itinerary crafted personally for you
  • The best whisky distilleries throughout the country
  • Tokyo, one of the world’s most exciting cities
  • The history, tradition and culture of Kyoto
  • All your accommodations in luxury hotels
  • Large choice of exclusive experiences
  • A Japan Tour Designer to answer your questions
  • Thoughtful customer service
  • And more !

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