8. Whisky Distilleries in Kyushu and Okinawa

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8. Kyushu and Okinawa Region

8-1. Kanosuke Distillery

Ltd. transferred its whisky production business at the Kanosuke Distillery to “KOMASA KANOSUKE Distillery Co.

Established in 1883, Kagoshima Prefecture’s Komasa Brewery is a sake brewer focusing on the authentic shochu “Kozuru” .
As a challenge to a new stage, utilizing the authentic shochu production technology it has cultivated to date in abundance, the company obtained a whisky production license in 2017 and began operation of the “Komasa Jozo Kanosuke Distillery” .


In 2018, New Pot was released in limited quantities. Furthermore, “Kanosuke Newborn 2018” , stored for 8 months, was released.
In 2019, “Kanosuke Newborn 2019” stored for 16 months, will be released.
In 2020, the company will release “Kanosuke Newborn 2020 Peated” made with British peated malt and stored for 24 months.

Image source: Kanosuke Distillery KANOSUKE DISTILLERY

In addition, the company is actively selling craft gin prior to the sale of whisky.
Two types are currently on sale: “KOMASA GIN Sakurajima Little Mikan” and “KOMASA GIN Houjicha” .

Image source: KOMASA GIN

Location Postal Code 899-2421
845-3 Gannokawa, Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima
From Kagoshima City
Highway: 10 minutes from the Miyama Interchange on the Minami-Kyushu Expressway (approx. 35 minutes)
National Highway Route 3 – Prefectural Highway 24 – National Highway 270 (about 45 minutes)
From Kagoshima Airport
Kyushu Expressway – Minami-Kyushu Expressway – 10 minutes from Miyama Interchange (approx. 1 hour)
From Kagoshima Chuo Station
“Ijuin” station on the JR Kagoshima Main Line – 15 minutes by cab (approx. 40 minutes)
Commencement of operations2017
Official HP kanosuke distillery
ToursTours are available, reservations required through the website.
ProductsKanosuke Newborn 2018, Kanosuke Newborn 2019, Kanosuke Newborn 2020

Typical whisky from Kanosuke Distillery.

8-2. Hombo Shuzo Mars Tsunuki Distillery

Speaking of Mars whisky, “Mars Shinshu Distillery” , which operated in Nagano Prefecture in 1985, is famous, but the place where Hombo Sake Brewery, which owns the distillery, started producing distilled sake, was “Tsunuki” introduced this time.

In 2016, Hombo Shuzo renovated one of the storage facilities in the Tsunuki Plant, which has a history of producing shochu for more than 100 years, and operated “Mars Tsunuki Distillery” .
While Mars Shinshu Distillery matures slowly in a cool climate, Mars Tsunuki Distillery is thought to be dynamically aged in a warm climate. We also use various types of raw sake to be produced and barrel types used for maturation.
At Tsunuki Distillery, in addition to the adjacent storage, the company also stores 30 barrels every year at the Yakushima Aging Cellar owned in Yakushima. It is very interesting what kind of aging is progressing in Yakushima, which has a climate that is rare in Japan.

Single Malt Tsunuki THE FIRST” will be released on April 27, 2020, and “Single Malt Tsunuki PEATED” will be released on January 18, 2021.

In addition, the former hombo family residence “Hojo” adjacent to the distillery is used as a SHOP selling bar where you can taste Mars whisky and original goods and liquors, and it was built in 1933 in a Japanese-style one-story mansion with traditional wooden architecture.With the beauty of the tiles that make up the roof unique to the old house and the majestic appearance of the luxurious finish, you can enjoy the garden that changes the expression every day every season.The wooden deck leading to the stone warehouse from the surrounding corridor is arranged, and the stone lanterns are casually arranged in the garden where you can enjoy the best time while looking at the scenery of the four seasons.

6594 Kaseda Tsukan, Minami-Satsuma City, Kagoshima Prefecture

■By bus from Kagoshima Airport
※ About 1 hour and a half Bus details here.
About 90 minutes from Kagoshima Airport bus stop on Kagoshima Kotsu Line 0 (makurazaki and Kaseda)
Get off at Kaseda Taxi (about 10km)
When getting off at “Kamitsunuki” Walk (about 2km) ※ There is no taxi

■ If you are using a bus from Kagoshima Chuo Station
Get off at “Tsunuki” at “Kaseda Bus Terminal” at Kagoshima Kotsu Higashi 16 platform (towards Kaseda) about 110 minutes
※ Reference: Bus timetable of Kyushu PC version is hereSmartphone version is here
■ If you go by bus
Approximately 90 minutes from Kagoshima Airport (via Taniyama IC on the Kyushu Expressway)
Approximately 70 minutes from Kagoshima City, JR Kagoshima Chuo Station, and JR Ibusuki Station
Approximately 40 minutes from chiran suicide peace hall
Approximately 20 minutes from JR Makurazaki Station

Started operation2016年
Official websiteHombo Shuzo Mars Tsunuki Distillery
inspectionTours are available. Reservations required from hp.
commoditySingle Malt Tsunuki THE FIRST

Typical whisky of Mars Tsunuki Distillery

8-3. Helios Sake Brewery

Helios Shuzo, a sake brewery in Okinawa Prefecture, had a history of making whisky in-house in the 1980s, and it was shipped both domestically and internationally. The whisky produced at that time remained stored after the whisky boom was under fire. In 2016, Lawson talked about selling whisky, and limited editions of “Calendar 15” and “Helios Whisky Calendar (200ml)” . This led to helios brewery’s in-house whisky production.

Image Source:Sake brewery tour | Helios Shuzo Co., Ltd.


On December 31, 2020, we releasedOkinawa’s first single malt whisky, Kyoda Kaskstrengths 2020.
Malt whisky, which was prepared and distilled in-house in 2017 using British pete malt as a raw material, is aged in oak barrels for three years. The label is designed to reproduce the atmosphere before dawn in the mountains near the distillery. The product name adopted Kyoda, the place name, and expressed it with powerful brush letters. Single malt whisky “Kyoda Kaskstrengths 2020” is a whisky with a smoky aroma and depth derived from Pete Malt. It is “Caskstrengths” that does not add water by 60.9% of the alcohol content of the barrel.


Image Source:Helios Sake Brewery Official Online Store

I would like to pay attention to what kind of whisky the company, which has a long history and tradition in the production of Awamori and rum, will make in the future.

405 Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture

■ From Okinawa Expressway
If you run for a while past Kyota Toll Booth, there is a way down to the left. If you go down there, you will hit Hwy 58, so turn right. There is a pushbutton signal just through the expressway. There is a signboard at the end of the traffic light, so turn right there. Please go through the lakeside village and proceed to the back.

■ From Route 58 (from Naha City to Nago City)
There is a push button type signal right under the Okinawa Expressway (you can see Kyoda Port). There is a signboard at the end of the traffic light, so turn right there and go through the lakeside village to the back.

Started operation.

Started operation.2016 (Whisky production resumed)
Official websiteHelios Shuzo Co., Ltd.
inspectionTours are available. Reservations required from hp.
* Refrain from visiting the tour for the time being due to corona (as of January 1, 2021)
commoditySingle Malt Whisky “Kyoda Caskstrengths 2020”

Helios Brewery’s representative whisky

8-4. Tsuzaki Liquor Store Kuju Distillery

Operation started in February 2021. The Craft Whisky Distillery “Kuju Distillery” was newly established in Kuju-machi, Takeda City, Oita Prefecture.
Shoji Utoda, who runs a liquor store in Kuju-machi, Takeda City, Oita Prefecture, renovated a warehouse of about 400 square meters on the premises of the store and built a distillery. We will introduce a distiller manufactured by Forsyth Scotland and start production in February 2021. Since it takes three years to mature until shipment, sales are scheduled to begin around 2024 and 2025.

Mr. Utoda consulted with Ichiro Akuto, a venture whisky who became world famous for “Ichiro’s Malt”, and learned manufacturing technology from 2017.
On The 5th of this month, we obtained our long-awaited whisky production license from the Takeda Tax Office, and production will finally begin.

6426 Kuju, Kuju-machi, Takeda City, Oita Prefecture
accessApproximately 5-6 km from JR Bungo-Takeda Station
Started operation.February 2021
Official HPTsuzaki Liquor Store’s website, not Kuju Distillery HP

8-5. Kuroki Main Store Osuzuyama Distillery

Kuroki Honten is a long-established shochu distillery known for “Hyakunen no Koroku” “Yamaneko” and “Yamazaru” . The distillery was built in the mountains by Toshio Kuroki, who was inspired by the Edradower distillery in Scotland. His son, Shinsaku Kuroki, who succeeded him, started making whisky in November 2019.
The barley used as raw material is made in-house, and they grow two varieties, Harushizuku and Haruka Nijo.
There are a total of four distillation machines: two for shochu, one for whisky (redistillation), and one for spirits.
Whisky is first distilled in the distiller for shochu, and then the distiller for whisky is used for redistillation.


released in August 2020, sold out immediately after its release. It shows the high expectations and attention.

Location 〒884-0104
656-17 Ishikawachi, Kijo-cho, Koyu-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture
AccessApproximately 30 minutes by car from Nakako, Takanabe Town
Commencement of Operations1998
Official HP Osuzuyama Distillery

Representative Spirits of Osuzuyama Distillery

8-6. Nishi Shuzo Mitake Distillery

Nishi Brewery was founded in 1845. A long-established manufacturer of authentic shochu, known for such products as “Satsuma Hozan” and” “Tenshi no Temptation”with over 170 years of history in the mountains of Hioki City. Acquired Kagoshima Golf Resort in February 2011. In 2019, the company built a whisky distillation facility in the golf resort.

This will be the third distillery in Kagoshima Prefecture, following Hombo Shuzo’s Mars Tsunuki Distillery and Komasa Brewery’s Kanosuke Distillery. “Mitake” is Sakurajima, which seems to be the official name of Sakurajima since ancient times. There are two pot stills, one for first distillation and one for redistillation. Both have an upward line arm and produce a clean new pod with a fruity and deep aroma. All barrels used for aging are old sherry casks.
The release of the craft gin ” 尽-tsukusu-“

in 2019, which is the result of extracting a total of 24 different botanicals, is also a hot topic.

Location Postal code 891-0144
12300 Shimofukumoto-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Access5 minutes from Ibusuki Skyline, 5 minutes from Taniyama Interchange on Nansatsu Expressway, 20 minutes by car from Kagoshima City
Approximately 40 minutes by car from Kagoshima Airport
Start of Operation2019
Official HP Mitake Distillery THE ONTAKE DISTILLERY

8-7. Shinzato Shuzo Brewery

Founded in 1846, Shinzato Shuzo is Okinawa’s oldest Awamori brewery.
The “Shinzato WHISKY”currently on sale is a whisky made by blending overseas blended whisky with a few percent of the so-called “spirits” from the Shinzato Shuzo brewery, Awamori that has been aged for 13 years in sherry casks.

“NEW MAKE Shinzato” distilled in-house will be released in April 2021. The limited run of 350 bottles sold out immediately.
Pot stills are used in combination with those used to distill Awamori. They currently have three pot stills. Three types of casks are used for aging (specifics are unknown, but probably sherry and bourbon casks), and they intend to sell it as whisky after three years of aging. The company produces one batch of the original whisky every day.

Location Postal code 904-2161
3-22-8 Koza, Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan (main factory)
Postal code 904-2234
12-17, Suzaki, Uruma City, Okinawa, Japan (Suzaki Plant)
AccessBy car: Approximately 20 minutes from the Kitanaka Interchange toward Okinawa City, near the AEON Gushigawa store.
Start of operation2021 (start of whisky production by own distillation)
Official HPShinzato Shuzo Brewery Co.
TourFree of charge. Reservations must be made by phone at least one week in advance of the tour date (tours are cancelled for the time being).
ProductsNEW MAKE Shinzato, Shinzato WHISKY

Typical whisky of the Shinzato Brewery

8-8. Shinozaki Shindo Whisky Distillery

The whisky business is a new project of Shinozaki, a long-established brewery in Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture, which also produces Kunigiku amazake, Asakura barley liqueur, and shochu, etc. The building was completed in May 2021, and distillation began in August. Pot stills made by Miyake Seisakusho are used.
The company aims to create an unprecedented Japanese whisky by utilizing about 200 years of sake brewing know-how.
The first craft distillery in Fukuoka Prefecture is scheduled to begin shipments in three years. The company aims to ship 200,000 bottles per year.
In the future, the company plans to use wood from its own forests to make the vats used during fermentation and the barrels used during maturation.

Location 〒838-1303
185 Hiramatsu, Asakura, Fukuoka, Japan
AccessBy car: Exit at Asakura Interchange on Oita Expressway.
Commencement of operationsAugust 2021 (start of whisky production through in-house distillation)
Official HP Shinozaki Corporation

8-9. Yamaga Distillery Co.

Completed on November 6, 2021. The first whisky distillery in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Operations will begin in 2013. The parent company is MCA Holdings (Tokyo), which was established through the spin-off of the alcoholic beverage business of Minamikyushu Coca-Cola Bottling (now Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan). At the time of operation, the distillery produced shochu (distilled spirit), but switched to whisky production. The company aims to commercialize the product in 2024 or later with technical cooperation from Hombo Shuzo (Kagoshima City). The company expects to sell 150kl, 40,000-50,000 bottles per year.

The distillery was built on the site of the original shochu factory. It is a two-story steel-framed structure (total floor space 1,257 m2) with a 4.6-meter-high bulge-shaped pot still. The 1,043 m2 maturing warehouse can store up to 3,300 rack-type barrels with a capacity of approximately 200 liters. A passageway for visitors to observe the production process and a lounge for tasting are also provided.

Total construction cost is approximately 1.1 billion yen.

The facility uses high-quality deep groundwater from the Kunimi mountain range and the Kikuchi River system.
The temperature difference between -5 degrees Celsius in winter and 40 degrees Celsius in summer is utilized for maturation.

Location Postal Code 861-0565
980-1 Gozato, Shikao-machi, Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
AccessCar: 15 minutes from Kumamoto Ueki Interchange
Start of operationAugust 2021 (start of whisky production through in-house distillation)
Official HP Yamaga Distillery Co.
ToursScheduled to begin in March 2022

8-10. Kogane Sakagura Yokogawa Distillery Whisky Factory

The brewing water used at Yokogawa Distillery is called “aokimizu” which comes from the foothills of the Kirishima Mountains in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, where there is an abundance of water sources. “Aokimizu” is said to have a good affinity with yeast and to accelerate the aging process.

We are planning to tie up with a major European winery in the future, which will enable us to purchase a wide variety of aging casks such as sherry and wine casks.

The company also has breweries in Yokogawa and Kokubu Shikine, areas within Kirishima City. Yokogawa is a relatively cool area at a high altitude and surrounded by trees, while Kokubu Shikine is close to Kagoshima Bay and has the scent of sea breezes. Sake aged in different regions can have different characteristics.

The Yokogawa distillery boasts ample capacity, with land the size of about 1.3 Tokyo Domesand two huge warehouses.

We aim to create a fruity and easy-drinking whisky by using a variety of brewing water, different types of yeast, different types of shochu breweries, barrels, different climates, and fermentation and distillation techniques developed over many years of shochu distilling.

Currently, we plan to produce it with non-peat malt. Basically, we plan to use non-peated malt, but we also plan to use peated malt.


899-6301, Japan

3280-5 Kamino, Yokogawa-cho, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture

Access5 minutes drive from “Osumi Yokogawa Station” of JR Hisatsu Line, 45 minutes walk
Start of operationJanuary 2022
Official HP Yokogawa Distillery Whisky Factory
ToursTBD (Kogane Brewery is currently offering tours of the brewery)


8-11.TENSEI Brewery Hishida distillery

Founded in 1901. The company started shochu production under the trade name of Old Pine Shuzo, and changed its trade name to Tensei Shuzo at the end of 2010.
In recent years, the company established the “early drop distillation” method, which was inspired by the middle cut in whiskey production, and “Tensei Houjun Aka” produced by this method won the highest gold award at the TWSC (Tokyo Whiskey & Spirits Competition) for the second year in a row.
He makes whiskey utilizing soft water from “Fugendo Spring Source”, one of the 100 best water sources in Heisei era, which flows in Hishida.
Currently, English malt from Crisp and non-piped malt from Avangard Malz of Germany and domestic malt are also being used on a trial basis.
Fermentation time is long, approximately 5 days. By using a copper hybrid still, it is possible to make both malt and grain whiskey.


Postal Code 899-7301
1270 Hishida, Osaki-cho, Soo-gun, Kagoshima

AccessApproximately 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Kagoshima Airport
Start of operationOctober 2022
Official HPTensei Shuzo Co.天星酒造株式会社

8-12.Satsuma Shuzo Hi no Kami Distillery

Satsuma Shuzo Co., Ltd. famous for its shochu “Satsuma Shiranami”, which is no exaggeration when talking about shochu in Kagoshima, obtained a license to produce whiskey in December 2022.
The company will begin producing malt whiskey in February 2023.
As early as November 2023, the company plans to install a new continuous distillation machine and begin producing grain whiskey in addition to malt whiskey.
Originally, Satsuma Shuzo has been producing barley shochu “God’s River” aged in white oak barrels since 1988, and is the only shochu manufacturer in Japan to have its own “barrel workshop” and “barrel cellar,” where exclusive “barrel craftsmen (cooper)” manage and recondition the barrels.
Incidentally, there are only about 60 cooperage workers in Japan.
Therefore, Satsuma Shuzo is one of the distilleries that can make all Japanese whiskey, including malt, grain, and cooperage (barrel making), and has very high expectations. The fact that the brewery is receiving technical assistance from three distilleries, the Mars Shinshu and Tsunuki distilleries of the Hombo Brewery and the Yamaga distillery in Kumamoto, also raises expectations.
According to the official comment, “By the end of 2024, we plan to open a distillery with a store and a bar, which will be open to the public for tours. The “Hi no Kami Distillery” will be a new Japanese whiskey that will be loved around the world by achieving world-class quality and providing facilities that allow visitors to see the charm of whiskey in all its glory.
Two Japanese lantern-type distillation machines with a planned production capacity of 175,000 liters, malt preparation (one batch): 1.1 tons
Plans to release a single malt, “Fire God,” by the end of 2026.


388 Hinokamikita-cho, Makurazaki-shi, Kagoshima 898-0043, Japan

Access20 min. walk from JR Makurazaki Station
Start of operationFebruary 2023
Official HPSatsuma Sake Brewery Co.薩摩酒造株式会社
ToursScheduled for 2024

Typical products of Hinokami Distillery

8-13.Yamato Distillery, Yamato Brewery Co.

Amazon.co.jp: 山都酒造 山都 シングルモルトウイスキー 木箱 ...A long-established liquor store founded in 1821.
The barrel-aged shochu “Tenshi no Haremae” won the Monde Selection Gold Prize in 2000.
Single Malt Yamato,” which became a topic of conversation because of its resemblance to the wording on the back label of a 12-year-old product from a major Osaka whiskey maker.
Single Rice Whiskey “Honosuke” and “Magyu” which looks exactly like that premium potato shochu known as the “3M” of potato shochu.
There is no information on distillers or facilities.


60-1, Hamacho, Yamato-machi, Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto, Japan

AccessFrom Nishitetsu Tenjin “Tenjin Bus Center” to “Yamato Town (Yabe)”: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Start of operation1821
Official HPYamato Sake Brewery Co.山都酒造株式会社

Representative of Yamato Distillery

8-14.JFLA Holdings Joraku Brewery

Founded in 1913.
RICE WHISKY Joraku” produced by a long-established authentic shochu distillery in Kuma, Kumamoto, is sold as a grain whiskey.
The ingredients are clearly labeled, and the Japanese label is removed, showing the spirit of trying to create a new type of whiskey.
It is a blend of whisky distilled from German malt and Japanese rice, and vodka made from authentic shochu (rice liquor) that has been aged and stored in oak barrels for a long time.
The whiskey’s delicate and refined sweetness derived from rice is said to be an excellent match for Japanese cuisine.


2577-13 Ichitake, Nishiki-cho, Kuma-gun, Kumamoto 868-0302, Japan

AccessApproximately 30 minutes walk from Ichibu Station
Start of operation1912
Official HPJoraku Brewery常楽酒造
ProductsRICE WHISKY Joraku Mugi-Shochu Joraku Autumn Dew 

Typical products of Joraku Brewery

8-15.Komaki Brewery Komaki Distillery

The Komaki family has a long history. In 1590, he moved to Satsuma as one of 13 samurai retainers of the Kitago Shimazu family.
In 1909, they established an authentic shochu manufacturing business in Satsuma-cho, Satsuma-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture, and this year marks the 115th anniversary of their establishment.
The company obtained a whiskey license as of January 31, 2023.
With that, the facility trial operation was completed, and operation officially started on April 1, 2023.
One ton per batch is brewed.
Although it has just started operation and the product is, of course, still a long way off, the official comment clearly states that they will make “Japanese whiskey,” and their firm will and confident words undeniably raise our expectations.
Here is the official comment
We are convinced that our authentic shochu production and distillation technology is superior to anything in the world.
By applying this technology to the world’s distilled spirit, whisky, we are confident that the Japanese whisky we produce will soar to new heights, and by extension, raise the awareness of authentic shochu, and restore Japan to its world-class status.


12 Tokiyoshi, Satsuma-cho, Satsuma-gun, Kagoshima 895-1816, Japan

AccessFrom Kagoshima Station, board a bus bound for Miyanojo and disembark at the Todoro Onsen-mae stop. Approx. 103 min.
Start of operation1909
Official HPKomaki Distillery
ProductsBenikomaki Ikkyu Silver 

Typical products of Komaki Distillery

8-16.Umegae Brewery

Umegae Brewery, a sake brewery founded in 1787, has developed the first whiskey business in Nagasaki Prefecture.
President Tetsuya Nagano, his second son, Takeshi, and his third son, Taishin, and his brothers are working hard to preserve tradition and produce original whiskey.
In 2019, they will release their craft gin “Yokitsuki – Reigetsu”, which will also be the first of its kind in Nagasaki Prefecture.
It uses a hybrid still made in Germany.
Using malt from the U.K., the process takes 4 days per batch, and after 160 liters are made, they are packed in bourbon barrels.
As of 2023, a total of 7,000 liters or 35 barrels (enough for 10,000 bottles) will be brewed by November.
Takeshi Tsuyoshi, the master brewer, said, “First, we will follow the Scottish method and aim for a basic taste. After that, I hope to make various innovations.”


317 Shiroma-cho, Sasebo City, Nagasaki 859-3237 Japan

Access21 minutes walk from Minamikazezaki Station exit
Start of operation1787
Official HPUmegae Sake Brewery梅ヶ枝酒造

Possible*A minimum of 10 people is required to tour the storehouse (reservation required), and the tour takes about 30 minutes.

ProductsSake Umegae – YOKITSUKI – REIGETSU

Representative products of Umegae Brewery

8-17.KANOSUKE Hinoki Distillery

Originally, the company started out making sake for the Hioki Hachiman Shrine and distilling authentic shochu. Today, the company manufactures and sells liqueurs, spirits, and whiskey. Its representative brand is the “Kozuru” series of potato shochu.

The distiller is a straight vertical stainless steel distiller used for shochu. Whiskey produced in Hioki is “grain whiskey,” but it is different from the continuous distiller usually used for grain whiskey.

At Hioki, whisky is distilled under reduced pressure in a single-stage distiller, which reduces the distillation volume. This results in a strong, robust liquor that retains the flavor derived from the two raw materials, barley and malt. This is truly a “Japanese pot still” that can only be produced by the Komasa Shuzo Brewery, which has been engaged in shochu production for a long time.



3309 Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima 899-3101

Start of operation1883

A visitor center is also located at the Kanosuke Distillery.


8-18.Shinozaki Shindo Distillery

The concept of Shindo Distillery is “THE QUEST FOR THE ORIGINAL”. The distillery has a chemical basis for each process, from raw material processing, saccharification, mash cultivation, and distillation, to the creation of the original sake, which is woven into the desired aroma.

The distiller is a copper pot still and the manufacturer is unknown.

They also have a gin distillery, Asakura Distillery, in the same area. It is noteworthy that there may be whiskey production here as well.



Hiramatsu, Asakura-shi, Fukuoka 838-1303

AccessNear Asakura IC on Oita Expressway
Start of operation2021
Official HPShinozaki Co.㈱篠崎


8-19.Nikka Whisky Satsumasa Distillery

The production base for shochu Satsumashi. It produces grain whiskey in a straight stainless steel shochu still. Barley grain, corn, and rye were used in the limited edition Nikka Discovery Series and Nikka The Grain whiskey.


200 Suwa-machi, Kajiki-cho, Aira-shi, Kagoshima

Start of operation1936 Whiskey distilling started in 2018
Official HP


8-20.Nikka Whisky Moji Factory

The Moji factory produces barley shochu “Kanoka” and has also been producing grain whiskey since 2017. The distillation machine is very large, about 10 times larger than that of Satsumashi. The original whiskey from this factory is also used for “Nikka The Grain” mentioned above.


2-1 Osatomotomachi, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka

Start of operation1914 Whiskey distilling started in 2017
Official HP


8-21.Oishi Sake Brewery

Oishi Shuzo is famous for its rice shochu “Oishi”. The distillation as well as the production of aged shochu will make whiskey production a smooth process.

It is already sold as “OHISHI WHISKY” in the United States. However, in the U.S., the laws for bourbon are very strict, but the laws for whiskey are a little looser. This whiskey is even listed as Whisky ADVOCATE, etc., but I think the contents are aged rice shochu. It is not found in Japan, but there are cases where it is sold in souvenir stores in the United States.

After obtaining a manufacturing license, New Pot was released under the name “Mizukami.


2-1 Osatomotomachi, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka

Start of operation1872 Whiskey distillation begins in 2022
Official HPOishi Shuzo Brewery|Kuma Shochu Brewery 大石酒造場|熊本県球磨川最上流の球磨焼酎の酒蔵

Visits are available for shochu production.

ProductsShochu “Oishi”, Whiskey “Mizukami New Pot”, etc.