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Stage of Famous Japanese Television Drama Series "Massan" like Atomosphere Such as Foreign Country -Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery-

June 14th, 2016

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (ニッカウヰスキー余市蒸溜所) is in Yoichi town located in the western part of Otaru city. Nikka Whisky is a subsidiary of ASAHI BREWERIES and was operated by Mr. Masataka Taketsuru in 1934. This place is set in famous Japanese television drama series "Massan (マッサン)" in 2014 and become a popular tourist spot. This is an operating distillery now, but even ordinary visitors can come to see the distillery. Guided distillery tours are conducted in Japanses. Free admission and a parking lot is free of charge.

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

DVDs of Massan are found on Amazon.

There are Nikka Kaikan, Distillery Shop "NORTHLAND" and Masataka Taketsuru Memorial Park around the parking lot, and the Nikka Kaikan has restraunt "Taru" and a free tasting place, and tourists can enjoy meals and tasting. Whiskey, apple juice, oolong tea are offered at the free tasting place, and snacks are sold, too. But of course drivers must not drink the whiskey, so I drank the apple juice "Ringo-no-Hoppe". That was thick and was very tasty ! The apple juice adding carbonated water was tasty, too ! By the way, Nikka is derived from apple juice.

DRingo-no-Hoppe is found on Amazon.

Nikka Kaikan
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Free Tasting Place at Nikka Kaikan
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Look of Free Tasting Place
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Whisky
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Ringo-no-Hoppe
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Thick Apple Juice Is Tasty !
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Various whiskies, snacks and marine products are sold at Distillery Shop "NORTHLAND". The whiskey is popular in Japan recently, and some brands are out of stock.

Distillery Shop "NORTHLAND"
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Masataka Taketsuru Memorial Park
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

The visitors can tour along only tour route. The distillery has many green plants and its go well with red roofs and stone buildings, so it has a nice atmosphere. Facilities that the visitors can enter are Whisky Museum, Warehouse No.1, Former Residence of Taketsuru, Former Office, Wash House, Barrel House, Still House, Kiln Tower, a waiting room.

Tour Route
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

The Whisky Museum has the Whisky Hall and the Nikka Hall. The history and the whiskey of manufacturing process are displayed at the Whiskey Hall, and there is a bar, so the visitors can enjoy paid tasting. About William Phaup Lowrie as icon of the Nikka whiskey is explained. He had been said the "King of Blenders", and this picture expresses his work to identify a fragrance of the whiskey. But I thought that he liked his drink more than anyone and misunderstood it. He was working ! About various kinds of goods related with Mr. Masataka Taketsuru and Mrs. Rita Taketsuru are displayed at the Nikka Hall, and a movie is shonw.

Whisky Museum
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
William Phaup Lowrie and Pot Still
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Barrels Are in Line
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Whiskey Club. Paid Tasting.
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Whiskey
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Movie Is Shown
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

At the Warehouse No.1, the visitors can observe a look of stock, and a movie is shonw. Except the Warehouse No.1, the visitors are forbided from other warehouses.

Warehouse No.1
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Barrels Are in Line
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Movie Is Shown
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Warehouses Are in Line
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

A feature of the Former Residence of Taketsuru that Mr. Masataka Taketsuru and Mrs. Rita Taketsuru lived at is a green roof. Originally there was not this building on this site, but it was removed and rebuilt in 2002. Visitors can enter only an entrance hall and a garden.

Former Residence of Taketsuru
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Former Residence of Taketsuru Model
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Look of Former Residence of Taketsuru
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Exhibits
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Tour Route
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Statue of Mr. Masataka Taketsuru
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Tower and Nikka Flag
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Tour Route
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Barrels on Sled
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Rest Station
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Originally, the Rita House was a laboratory and was tea room for a whlie. But it does not open to the public now.

Rita House
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Tour Route
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Tour Route
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

At the Barrel House, a making process of barrel is displayed. The barrel is the element of the whisky.

Barrel House
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Making Process of Barrel
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Tools for Making Barrel
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

The Former Office with a green roof has a drawing room. But visitors can observe it only through a window.

Former Office
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Drawing Room
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

At the Wash House, fermentation tanks are in line and raw materials of the whiskey are fermented. Saccharified solution is sent to pot stills at the Still House via underground pipes. Visitors can observe the fermentation tanks only through a window.

Wash House
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Entrance of Wash House
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Wash House
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Look of Wash House
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

At the Kiln Tower, the whisky is seasoned. The visitors can enter a part of the Kiln Tower. The barley is dried and smoked with peat (grass peat) mined in Ishikari city. The visitors can touch the peat directly.

Look of Kiln Tower
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Peat
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

The visitors from the Yoichi Station enter from the Main Gate. Appearance is very cool and is like western castle walls and towwer.

Main Gate
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

At the Still House, pot stills are in line, and saccharified solution is heated with coal and is vaporized. Facilities to distill with coal seems to be only this distillery in the world, so it is valuable. A sacred Shinto straw festoon is decorateed to the pot steel, and they pray to make a good whiskey. This is manner to come from Mr. Taketsutu's home.

Still House
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Pot Stills Are in Line
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Pot Stills
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Worker Put Coal on Fire
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Atmosphere of Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (40 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-135-23-3131
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 164 665 162*31

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery.

Hotel Suimeikaku(ホテル 水明閣)
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Ayumiso(あゆ見荘)
HP
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Hotel Sun Art(ホテルサンアート) Only Tel:+81-135-22-6070
A-Brand Hotel(エーヴランドホテル)
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Pettie Hotel North Shore(プチホテルノースショア)
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Kakuto Tokushimaya Ryokan(かくと徳島屋旅館)
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Minshuku Toyohama(民宿豊浜)
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Hotel EMER140(ホテルEMER140)
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