[Held on June 9, 2024] Whisky Talk Fukuoka

Yamaga DistilleryMaoi DistillerySuntoryNikka WhiskyFujigotenba DistilleryChichibu Distillery (Ichiro's Malt)Tsunuki DistilleryKanosuke DistilleryShizuoka DistilleryNagahama DistilleryAsaka DistillerySakurao DistilleryEigashima DistilleryNiseko DistilleryOsuzuyama DistilleryOntake DistilleryEchigoyakusou Distillery

Whisky Talk Fukuoka is about to be held. How to purchase tickets, venue and seminar contents.

Whiskey Talk Fukuoka is the largest whiskey event in Kyushu. You can enjoy not only tastings, but also seminars and various events with a different flavor, such as stall-style seminars where famous distillers stand in front of their stores along with various domestic and international whiskies.


1. How to purchase tickets

Entrance Ticket Application Form
Application period: April 9, 2024 (Tue) 10:00 – June 7, 2024 (Fri) 13:00
Please register with cloud-pass.jp by e-mail, and only the ticket from the site will be considered as the admission ticket.
Tickets will only be sold on the web in advance; there will be no tickets on the day of the event.
For purchase, details and precautions, click here.

2. Outline of the event


Marinmesse Fukuoka B Hall

2-1 Okihama-cho, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 812-0031

Access from Gofukumachi Subway Station

From Gofukumachi Subway Station
15 min. walk from Gofukumachi Subway Station

From Nakasu Kawabata Subway Station
18 min. walk from Nakasu Kawabata Subway Station

From JR/Subway Hakata Station
10 minutes by cab

From Fukuoka Airport
15 minutes by cab

Get off at Marine Messe-mae stop. 15 min.

Date and Time Sunday, June 9, 2024 from 12:00 to 18:00
Price Advance tickets 4,400 yen (tax included)
Organizer Club Bacchus Executive Committee

2-1. Exhibit Booths

Currently 123 booths are scheduled to exhibit, including exhibitors, individual exhibitors, and food exhibitors. Exhibitors include some of the leading whisky distilleries and liquor stores in Japan, famous BAR exhibitors from all over Japan, and other companies that conduct whisky events throughout Japan.

2-2. Open Class Seminar (free of charge)

The number of participants has been expanded to 90 for this year’s open class seminars (40 minutes each), which are free of charge and are not too specialized for those who are not yet familiar with whiskey rather than for core whiskey fans.

From 11:25 on the day of the seminar, staff will distribute numbered tickets to those who wish to attend the seminar to those standing in line before the door opens.
In order to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to take a class, we will limit the number of classes to one per person. Please be sure to enter the venue before the start time.
If you miss the start time, your right to attend the class will be transferred to the person on the waiting list.
All seminars are sure to be full. We look forward to seeing you there!
✴After the doors open, numbered tickets will be handled at the information desk at booth No. 1.

  1. 12:00~12:40 2F Conference Room 1-A / MHD Seminar “HOW TO TASTE!
  2. 13:00-13:40 2F Conference Room 1-B / Kirin Seminar “Fuji Gotemba Distillery 50th Anniversary Special Seminar
  3. 14:00 – 14:40 2F Conference Room 1-A / Nikka Seminar “Nikka’s 90 Years of Making Original Sake
  4. 15:00-15:40 2F Conference Room 1-B / Hisazumi Distillery Seminar “The Story of Hisazumi Distillery: Introduction
  5. 15:00-15:40 2F Conference Room 2-A / Suntory Seminar “Suntory Whisky, Toward the Next 100 Years
  6. 16:00-16:40 2F Conference Room 1-A / Remy Cointreau Seminar “The Importance of Terroir


2-3. Master Class (charged)

This is a [60-minute tasting seminar for 90 people] and requires advance ticket purchase.

Core fans will come to this seminar and the time is set longer than the open seminar (60 minutes), so the content will be deeper and more maniacal than the open seminar.
Doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start time. Please be sure to enter before the seminar starts.

Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday, April 9. Don’t miss it!

[MC-01] “Dare-suishin? ~Whisky is all about people~” / Capacity: 90 people, 5,000 yen (included)

[MC-02] Chichibu Seminar “Ichiro’s Malt and I, the Blender” / Capacity: 90 people, 4,000 yen (included)

[MC-03] Mars Seminar “Whiskey Making in Komagatake, Tsunuki and Yakushima” / Capacity: 90 people, 4,000 yen (included)

[MC-04] Kanosuke Seminar “Past and Future of Kanosuke Distillery”/ Capacity: 90 people, 4,000 yen (included)

2-4. 《Special Tasting Seminar》・・・2 Sessions

We will use a small room on the first floor instead of the second floor of the venue for this rare and special one-time-only seminar, which cannot be held in a large group! This is also the first time for this seminar to be held in a small group, so please register early!

This is also the first time we are offering this seminar in a small group, so please register as soon as possible!

[SS-01] Special Tasting “Mamoru Tsuchiya’s Ultimate Tasting” / Max. 14 people, 40,000 yen (included)

[SS-02] Strathairn Seminar “Even the Big Oak Trees Start from a Small Acorn – Strathairn Distillery, Pioneer of the Craft Distillery Boom” / Capacity: 30 people, 5,000 yen (included)

2-5. “Yatai Bar” class… 3 companies, 6 panels

New axis project from this time! What is the only content that Fukuoka/Hakata should have among the 47 prefectures in Japan?

It is “Yatai” (food stalls)!

We set up a yatai at the venue and invited 16 people per event to become customers of the yatai.

This is a special event where you can talk with them dressed as the owner of the yatai!

You will be able to enjoy what will be served until the day of the event.

[YB-01] 12:00 – 12:45 Yatai Bar Kanosuke Don1, Shunichi Nakamura 5,000 yen (included)

[YB-02] 12:50-13:35 Yatai Bar Kanosuke-don 2: General: Shunichi Nakamura 5,000 yen (included)

[YB-03] 13:40 – 14:25 Yumi Stack Bar Yumi 1, Mama: Yumi Kawayumi 5,000 yen (included)

[YB-04] 14:30-15:15 Food stall Bar Stack Yumi 2 Mama: Yumi Kawayumi 5,000 yen (included)

[YB-05] 15:20-16:05 Food stall Bar Gachapin 1 General: Tatsuro Kusano 5,000 yen (included)

[YB-06] 16:10-16:55 Yatai Bar Gachapin 2, General: Tatsuro Kusano 5,000 yen (included)

For more details, please visit the website below!


2-6. Private Bottle

Private bottles can be applied for via “Digital Ticket”.
The application period is from Sunday, June 9, 2024 (noon) to Sunday, June 23, 2024 (all day).
Applications will be accepted based on the order information registered at the time of ticket purchase.
Admission ticket (including distribution ticket) andserial code are required to apply.

The lineup is very attractive with a total of 10 types!

Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whisky and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whisky and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whisky? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whisky in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

Misato Ushiwata

Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
She attended a university in Tokyo, where she studied brewing and other sciences while translating articles for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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