World Class Facility and Hospitality

The Yamazaki Distillery was awarded the title of Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year at Icons of Whisky 2015.

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High marks from visitors across the world have earned the distillery a good reputation in the international whisky community. A guided tour will provide you with a window onto the fascinating history of Japanese whisky and an up-close look at the facility where the magic all happens, Visitors can participate in seminars and events, as well as taste samples from the huge collection of whisky varieties showcased in the adjacent whisky museum.
All of us at the Yamazaki distillery look forward to your visit.

Whisky Museum Collection of Raw Spirits and Whisky History

The Yamazaki distillery’s Whisky Museum offers panel and video displays about the history of the distillery and Japanese whisky. The whisky library showcases some 7,000 samples of malt whisky. There is a tasting counter where you can (for a fee) compare the different types of whisky aromas obtained through aging or various distillation methods and enjoy tasting single malt whiskies from around the world. It offers a nice, relaxing environment where you can drink in the history of whisky.

Visitor Information Come Visit the Birthplace of Japanese Whisky

Yamazaki Distillery Tour(Paid)
In the beginning we introduce the craftsmen's dedication to producing a variety of distinctive whiskies at the Yamazaki Distillery, then later you can taste the unblended whisky (not for sale) that makes up Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky. This tour truly allows you to fully enjoy the whisky.
Yamazaki Whisky Museum viewing (no viewing of production process/Free)
Feel free to enjoy the yamazaki whisky museum, shop, and the tasting counter(Paid).
・Reservation is unnecessary if you have already applied for a tour.

Information Desk at 81-075-962-1423
(Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery 5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka

※ Remember to double-check the number before calling.

[By train]
  • ● From Osaka:
  • • JR Osaka Station to JR Yamazaki Station (about 25 minutes)
  • • Hankyu Umeda Station to Hankyu Oyamazaki Station (about 40 minutes)
  • ● From Kyoto:
  • • 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.
[By car]

Infomation about private parking place
There is no parking place except for motor coaches and customers with disabilities.
Please use public transportation when you visit.
Please call us in advance if you would like to use parking place.
It is strictly prohibited that parking neighborhood facilities without permission.

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.

Important note to visitors: For your safety and to ensure the quality of our products, we ask you to follow the instructions of the tour guide and not to disturb other visitors while visiting our distillery. Underage drinking as well as driving under the influence of alcohol is prohibited by law. Soft drinks are available for minors and visitors who will be driving motor vehicles or riding bicycles. All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.


What is Icons of Whisky? Icons of Whisky

Sponsored by the British whisky specialty journal, Whisky Magazine, Icons of Whisky is an annual event held to honor the people and companies that have made great contributions to the whisky industry. The Yamazaki distillery received the Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year award in 2015 based on an evaluation of the facility that encompassed its overall atmosphere, the knowledge of its employees, as well as the level of hospitality and customer service.