When we came to Japan in September 2014 there was a TV show called “Massan” about a Japanese man to make the first Japanese whisky. My husband being a whisky fan we watched this show every week and learnt the history of Japanese whisky.
Masataka Taketsuru worked for big drinks company Suntory, where he helped establish a whisky distillery. Conveniently this distillery is just down the road from my brother-in-law’s house in Osaka. While we visited his family we decided to visit the distillery and signed up to the whisky tour.
As you walk towards the distillery you can smell the lovely whisky aroma. It is about a 10 minute walk from Oyamazaki Station or Yamazaki Station.
There is a museum inside the distillery and you can take a look at the whisky library. Here you can see whiskies from all over the world.
In the tour we saw the mashing and fermenting process of malt. We later entered a room full of maturing whisky and the first whisky cask made by Suntory.
I’d definitely recommend this tour to whisky lovers or if you are interested in the history of Japanese whisky. Next on my list would be the Nikka Yoichi Distillery in Hokkaido, where Masataka Taketsuru later formed his own whisky distillery.