1. Whisky Distillery in Hokkaido

2.Tohoku Region / 3.Kanto Region / 4.Chubu Region / 5.Kansai Region / 6.Chugoku Region / 7.Shikoku Region / 8.Kyushu and Okinawa Region


1. Hokkaido Region

1-1. Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

A distillery that was started in 1936 in search of his own whisky-making utopia by Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, the father of Japanese whisky.

Masataka Taketsuru believes that a place with a cool and humid climate similar to Scotland, rich water sources and dignified clear air is essential for making ideal whisky, so he chose Yoichi, located in the base of the Shakotan Peninsula, west of Otaru, from among various candidate sites.

A whisky distillery that can be said to be the origin of Nikka Whisky.

7-6 Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-cho, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido
Access2-3 minutes on foot from YOICHI STATION, JR HOKKAIDO
Approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Otaru City
Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive from Sapporo City
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes’ drive from New Chitose Airport
Started operation.1936
Official websiteNikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
InspectionGeneral tour available / Distillery guided tour is by reservation only
* If priority measures such as declaration of a state of emergency and prevention of spread are issued or applied to regions in Hokkaido, tours and business (restaurants and shops) will be suspended until it is canceled.
CommoditySingle Malt Yoichi
On-site shop

Yoichi Distillery Tasting Bar

Nikka Kaikan Restaurant Barrel

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Typical whisky from Yoichi Distillery

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1-2. Kenten Jitsugyo Akkeshi Distillery

Akkeshi Distillery” launched by Kenten Jitsugyo Co., Ltd. as a new business separately from its main business
Based on the strong desire to make whisky like Islay malt using traditional Scottish manufacturing methods, the facility was introduced by Forsyth in Scotland.

Like islay whisky making, water through the peat layer is used for water, and it is aging every day in Akkeshi, a place where cool, moist, and sea breeze hits.


4-109-2 Miyazono, Akkeshi-cho, Akkeshi-gun, Hokkaido
AccessApproximately 15 minutes’ taxi ride from JR Akkeshi Station
Approximately 50 minutes by Akan Bus from Kushiro Airport to JR Kushiro Station
Approximately 50 minutes from JR Kushiro Station to JR Akkeshi Station on the JR Nemuro Main Line
Started operation.Distillation started in October 2016
Official websiteKenten jitsugyo co., ltd. Akkeshi distillery

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1-3. Hokkaido Liberty Whisky Benizakura Distillery

Benizakura Distillery is made by Hokkaido Liberty Whisky in Sapporo City, Hokkaido.
It’s now a distillery that’s talked about in craft gin, not whisky. Gin distilled using ingredients unique to Hokkaido has a unique taste and quickly became a hot topic.

The company name is “Hokkaido Liberty Whisky Co., Ltd.” , but so far there is no information on whisky making at Benizakura Distillery, so pay attention to future movements.

Typical craft gin at Benizakura Distillery

1-4. Hakkai Brewery Niseko Distillery

Hakkai Brewery Co., Ltd. (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture), which manufactures Japanese sake such as “Hakkaisan”, established a local subsidiary (Niseko Distillery Co., Ltd.) in 2019.
Construction of a whisky distillery began in Niseko, Hokkaido in April 2020 and completed in December. The total investment will be JPY 500 million.
Distillation begins on March 24, 2021. Podstils are made by Forsyth Scotland and whisky is expected to be available after 2024.
The annual production target is about 90 kl.

The site area is about 9,900 square meters, and both one-story distillery (including stores) and storage facilities have been constructed. The total floor area is 877 m2 and 291 m2, respectively, and the design is wooden style that blends into the surrounding landscape.
We opened a product sales corner around July 2021. The company plans to start selling original gin, sake, and goods.
Grand Opening on October 1, 2021. Launched the first craft gin “ohoro GIN” and started a distillery tour. Ohoro means “continue” in Ainu language. The distillery tour is scheduled to be fully booked in advance from two weeks ago to noon the day before, and the number of visitors per visit is expected to be up to 10 people.


478-15 Niseko, Niseko Town, Hatada-gun, Hokkaido
Access20 minutes’ drive from JR Niseko Station
Started operation.Distillation starts in March 2021
Official websiteNiseko Distillery

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1-5. Kamui Whisky co. Rishiri Distillery

Casey Wahl, an American entrepreneur, has been visiting Rishiri many times for several years on trips and other occasions. He has come to see the island’s rich nature and cool climate, which are similar to those of Islay, a famous whisky-producing region, and decided to make whisky in Rishiri, the northernmost island in Japan, in 2019.

He is enthusiastic about the project, saying, “I want to make something that expresses the nature of the island.” The distillery will be built along Kamui Beach on the west side of the island, which commands a panoramic view of Rebun Island and the Sea of Japan. The facility, including the distillery and office, is approximately 180 square meters in size. It is a one-story wooden structure with black painted walls, and uses two distillation machines that were handmade by craftsmen in the United States. Using barley from Hokkaido and England, the distillery will produce approximately 6,000 to 10,000 liters per year and mature it for three years before selling it. The cost of the project is undisclosed.



〒 097-0401
128-2, Aza Kamii, Kutsugata, Rishiri-cho, Rishiri-gun, Hokkaido


Approximately 50 minutes by plane from New Chitose Airport to Rishiri Airport (*seasonal flights)

Approximately 6 hours from Sapporo to Wakkanai by car, and approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes from Wakkanai to Rishiri Island by ferry.

Start of operationDistillation is scheduled to begin in September 2022
Official HPKamui whisky

1₋6.MAOI Distillery

Parent company is AZE Corporation, which operates Benizakura Distillery and Chitose Distillery.
The company name and brand will be changed from Maoi Jiyu no Oka Winery in 2022.
Installed a hybrid distiller, which is rare for Scotland and Forsyth’s, and started producing brandy, fruit brandy, and whiskey, and at the same time started preparing corn whiskey made from corn produced in Hokkaido.
The former owner of the winery was concerned about the possibility of nuclear war, so he installed a nuclear shelter in the basement of the winery.
As a result, the shelter is used peacefully for a purpose other than its original purpose of storage.
It can store about 300 barrels in racks and is said to be about the size of a small gymnasium.

LocationKagadori, Naganuma-cho, Yubari-gun, Hokkaido 069-1316, Japan

About 10 minutes by car from Furuyama Station, 1 hour on foot.

Start of operationStart of distillation in 2022
Official HP馬追蒸溜所

Reservations can be made through the official website of Maoi Distillery “Twice a day on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.”.

ProductMetamorphosis(New Make)

1-7. BEHIND THE CASK Di・Tripper Distillery

BEHIND THE CASK, an independent bottlers brand, announced the establishment of a grain whiskey distillery on social media.
A joint press conference was held on June 12, 2023 to release information.
The distillery will produce 6,000 liters per year in small batches, using barley produced in Nakashibetsu Town in the Nemuro region as the main ingredient, with the aim of commercialization by the end of 2024.
The distillery began renovations in October on the former site of the winery “Nora-Kura”.
The distillery’s name, “Di,” was derived from Commodore Perry’s name for Hakodate, which was written as “HAKODADI” when he arrived on the Black Ships.
The distillery brews 140 times a year at 40 liters per batch. The standard product is the one year old “Single Grain Spirit Drink”.

The fermentation tanks are egg-shaped concrete tanks of original design used in the wine industry.
Continuous hybrid stills made in Holland.
Spanish first fill sherry barrels are used.

The crowdfunding campaign raised more than 10 times the 6,000,000 yen goal.

Location32-5 Motomachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0054 Japan

5 min. walk from Suehirocho streetcar station.

Start of operationStart of distillation in 2023

1-8.Venture Grain Co. Tomakomai Distillery


LocationKashiwabara, Tomakomai-shi, Hokkaido 059-1362
Start of operationNow under construction. Starting in the spring of 2025.
Official HP 

1-9.Cedarfield. IJW affiliate in the U.S.  Distillery Name unknown

IJW has acquired a 165,000 square meter site near New Chitose Airport in the U.S., and plans to start operations as early as the end of 2024. In terms of scale, it is larger than the Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido and comparable in size to the Fuji Gotemba distillery.

The detailed address was not disclosed and could not be determined from an aerial photograph.

IJW seems to be a company doing something like a Kentucky bourbon bottler, but the actual status of the company is unknown, according to local articles. They have an incredibly large warehouse in the U.S. with tens of thousands of barrels of bourbon and whiskey inside.

In Japan, the company seems to have both pot stills for malt whisky production and column stills for grain whisky production, while adhering to the voluntary standards for Japanese whisky.

LocationChitose Airport Industrial Park(Details unknown)
Start of operationScheduled for the end of 2024
Official HP 

1-10.HokkaidoLiberty Whiskey Corporation. Chitose Distillery

The parent company is AZE Corporation, which operates Benizakura Distillery and Chitose Distillery.

AZE will build a whiskey distillery and a sake brewery on a site adjacent to New Chitose Airport, the gateway to Hokkaido.

The site is 6034.76 m2, on the former parking lot of Chitose Outlet Mall Rera.


Image Citation.:AZE holding

Location1 Kashiwadai-minami, Chitose-shi, Hokkaido
AccessRight next to JR Minami Chitose Station
Start of operation2026 Operations start to be determined
Official HPhttps://chitosedistillery.com/


1-11.Hasegawa Sangyo. Tokachi Distillery

A new company established by local companies including Scotch Malt Sales, Shinanoya, and Hasegawa Sangyo, an importer and wholesaler of alcoholic beverages, has opened the Tokachi Distillery, which will begin production in spring 2025. The distillery will be an all-Tokachi whisky distillery.

The distillery will have a two-story building with a total floor space of approximately 1,400 square meters, and three maturing warehouses totaling over 1,000 square meters.

The annual production will be around 300,000 liters. Pot stills will be manufactured by Forsythe. The total project cost is said to be about 700 million yen, but can a distillery be built from scratch with that amount of money?

LocationMakubetsu Town, Hokkaido
Start of operationTo be finalized in spring 2025
Official HP

1-12.WHISTECH Corporation. Kamifurano Distillery


Only distillery information is available on the website, and it is unclear if construction is underway, but there are plans.

The plan is to build a facility with camping, spa and distillery tours, and distillery consulting services.

Since they have not yet built their own distillery, consulting services will probably have to wait, but it would be interesting to incorporate a distillery as part of the entertainment facilities.

Other things related to the whiskey business, such as the sale of Mizunara barrels and sticks, are already in the works.

Location4-5-26 Shinmachi, Kamifurano Town, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido 071-0554, Japan
Start of operation
Official HP

Kamifurano distillery and surrounding entertainment facilities project – WHISTECH Corporation