Whiskey Festival 2024 in OSAKA details confirmed! Tickets on sale from 3/28(Thu) 12:00 noon

Kiuchi suzoYamaga DistilleryMaoi DistilleryKobe DistillerySuntoryNikka WhiskyFujigotenba DistilleryChichibu Distillery (Ichiro's Malt)Hombo ShuzoKanosuke DistilleryShizuoka DistillerySaburomaru DistilleryNagahama DistilleryAsaka DistillerySakurao DistilleryYuza DistilleryEigashima DistilleryNiseko DistilleryOsuzuyama DistilleryOntake DistilleryHidatakayama Distillery

Whiskey Festival 2024 in OSAKA. tickets on sale from 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 28.
Held on June 29 and 30, 2024. Explains the details of the event and how to purchase tickets. It is the first 2DAYS event in Osaka!。

Whisky Festival 2024 in OSAKA will be held on June 29 and 30, 2024.

The event will consist of four sessions, with each session limited to 1,500 people.

●June 29, 2024 (Saturday)
<Part 1:10:00-13:30

<Part 2:14:30-18:00

June 30, 2024 (Sun)
<Part 3:10:00-13:30

<Part 4:14:30-18:00

Outline of the event is Here


1.How to purchase tickets

General Ticket Sales Date: March 28th at 12:00 noon
*As a benefit for members of the Whiskey Culture Institute, a limited number of 400 tickets for each section will be sold in advance from 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 21.

Sales implementation at Osaka Whisky Festival official website.

2.Outline of the event

venueATC Hall 2-1-10 Nanko-Kita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka, 559-0034, Japan

From Umeda, Hommachi, Shinsaibashi, or Namba, take the OsakaMetro Chuo Line to Hommachi and transfer to the OsakaMetro Chuo Line via Cosmosquare (approx. 18 min.)

■From Shin-Osaka Station, take the OsakaMetro Midosuji Line to Hommachi and transfer to the OsakaMetro Chuo Line via Cosmosquare (approx. 40 min.) From Kansai International Airport, approx. 50 minutes by limousine bus (get off at Grand Prince)

■From Osaka International Airport, approx. 60 minutes via Osaka Monorail, transfer to OsakaMetro Chuo Line at “Hommachi” of OsakaMetro Midosuji Line, and via Cosmosquare

Date & Time

June 29, 2024 (earth) Part 1: 10:00 to 13:30, Part 2: 14:30 to 18:00

June 30, 2024 (sun) Part 3: 10:00 to 13:30, Part 4: 14:30 to 18:00

PriceAdvance tickets 4,400 yen (tax included) Limited to 6,000 people (1,500 for each section)
organizingWhiskey Culture Institute Co.

2₋1.Privileges for Advance Ticket Purchasers

Details have not yet been announced, but each time there will be an entry ticket for a raffle for an “original festival-only bottle”.

2₋2.Tasting Seminar

Total of 7 tasting seminars!

Seminar tickets are also available to the general public and to Institute members in advance.

●general sale
Thursday, March 28, 2024, 12:00 p.m.

●Pre-sale for members of Institute of Whisky Culture
March 21, 2024 (Thursday) 12:00 – March 27, 2024 (Wednesday) 23:59

Only those who have already purchased an admission ticket to Whisky Festival 2024 in Osaka on Saturday, June 29 can attend. You will also need to enter the ticket number of your admission ticket when you purchase your seminar ticket.
Purchase Seminar Tickets is Here

The Tasting Seminar, one of the main attractions of the Whisky Festival, will be held for a total of seven sessions with a splendid lineup of lecturers including blenders who are leading the Japanese whiskey industry. The seminar will be held in Hall E of the ATC Hall, and the fee is 4,400 yen (tax included) for each session. In order to attend the seminar, it is necessary to purchase an admission ticket to the “Whisky Festival 2024 in Osaka” on the day of the seminar, along with the seminar ticket. Either the morning or afternoon session is acceptable as long as the admission ticket is for the same day. Please note that you will not be allowed to enter the seminar venue if the admission ticket you purchased is different from the date of the seminar.

Reference: Whisky Culture Institute Osaka Whisky Festival official website

◆Limited to purchasers of admission tickets for the June 29 (Sat.) event ① to ③◆

①Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Title: Nikka’s 90 Years of Making Original Sake

Lecturer: Hiromi Ozaki (Chief Blender, Nikka Whisky Co., Ltd.)

Details: The various types of whiskies Nikka Whisky has cultivated will be explained, including tastings.


②Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024, 14:00-15:00

Title: Separation and Creation of Whisky at the Newly Renovated Yamazaki and Hakushu Distilleries

Lecturer: Mr. Shinji Fukuyo (Chief Blender and Beam Suntory Whisky Quality Advisor, Suntory Limited)

Details: Yamazaki Distillery is celebrating its 101st anniversary this year, and Hakushu Distillery is celebrating its 51st anniversary. Please enjoy the daily challenges in manufacturing and the introduction of the limited edition products scheduled for release in May, along with a tasting of the constituent sake.


③Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024, 16:00-17:00

Title:Exploring the depths and complexities of Komoro spirits

Lecturer: Mr. Ian Chan (Vice President and Master Blender, Karuizawa Distillers Manufacturing Co.)

Details: Komoro Distillery started production in June 2023 in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture. Master Blender Ian Chan was trained by the late Dr. Jim Swan, a legend in the Scotch whisky industry, and inherited the essence of the distillery. In this seminar, Ian will explain his philosophy and passion for whisky making through tasting of several New Make and New Born whiskies.

◆Limited to purchasers of admission tickets for the June 30 (Sunday) event.(④~⑦)◆

Date and Time: Sunday, June 30, 2024, 10:30-11:30

Title: Fuji Gotemba Distillery 50th Anniversary Special Seminar

Speaker: Mr. Jota Tanaka (Master Blender, Kirin Brewery Company, Limited)

Details: Master Blender Jota Tanaka will explain the fascinating taste of grain whiskey, which is unique to Fuji Gotemba Distillery, and why Fuji Gotemba Distillery has pursued the production of three different types of grain whiskey, through the past, present, and future of the distillery. Master Blender Jota Tanaka will explain how Fuji Gotemba Distillery has pursued three different types of grain whiskey.


⑤Date and Time: Sunday, June 30, 2024, 12:15-13:15

Title: Mamoru Tsuchiya talks about! Appeal and Potential of Kavalan

Lecturer: Mr. Mamoru Tsuchiya (Representative of Whisky Culture Institute)

Details: Mamoru Tsuchiya will talk about the appeal and potential of each tasting item, including the latest local information from the Kavalan Whisky Distillery he visited in March this year.


Date and Time: Sunday, June 30, 2024, 14:00-15:00

Title: “Niigata Kameda Distillery” 3 years of history and towards the first release

Speaker: Mr. Hiroyuki Doda (President of Niigata Small Scale Distillery Co.)

Details: Niigata Kameda Distillery, which started production in February 2021, will finally celebrate its third year this year. While introducing the trajectory of the past three years, we will have a tasting of cask samples from Niigata Kameda Distillery and explain the efforts toward the first release.


⑦Date and Time: Sunday, June 30, 2024, 16:00-17:00

Title: Let’s talk about the IDENTITY!

Speaker: Ms. Yumi Kawa (Global Brand Ambassador, Venture Whisky Co.)

Details: What is Chichibu’s IDENTITY? An hour to think about it and think about it. Participants will also hear a lot of questions!


3.List of Exhibitors

Exhibitors (88 companies as of March 2024)

Akashi Sake Brewery Kaiko Distillery / Axus Corporation Rokkosan Distillery / Azumi Distillery / Asahi Breweries, Ltd / ePower Corporation / Igawa Distillery / Vyand Fellows Corporation / Whiskey & Co. Eirin Shuzo K.K. / MHD Moet Hennessy Diageo K.K. / Ocean Trading Company / Sake Museum / Ozuzan Distillery / Ouzan Corporation / Mitake Distillery / CARVAAN Brewery & Distillery / Gaiaflow Shizuoka Distillery / Gekkogawa Distillery K.K. / Kanosuke Distillery / Kinouchi Shuzo Yago Kiuchi Sake Brewery Yago Distillery/Kizakura Tanba Distillery/Kirin Brewery Company, Limited/KING’s BARREL/Kinryu Corporation/Yusa Distillery/Kusumi Distillery/Ken’s Choice Japan/Kokubu Group Incorporated/Kokubu Group Incorporated/Komaki Brewery/Komoro Distillery/Kordonvale Co. SAKURAO BREWERY & DISTILLERY / SAKE SHOP SATO / Sata Soji Shoten / Saburomaru Distillery / Sanyo Bussan Corporation / Suntory Limited / CT Spirits Japan Limited / Seabucks Limited / Shinanoya Foods Co. Shelbourne Liquor / CHOCOLATIER PALET D’OR / Single Cask Japan & Asaya Shoten / Shindo Distillery / Smile Corporation / TARU HOLIC / DIAGEO Japan / Tenboshi Shuzo Hishida Distillery / Toko Co. TORABHAIG Distillery/NAGAHAMA ROMAN BREWERY CORPORATION/NANJIMA SHUHAN CORPORATION/Niigata Kameda Distillery/NISEKO Distillery/Nihon Shuyu Hanbai Co. / Hida Takayama Distillery Funasaka Brewery / Fuji Kitaroku Distillery / Brown Forman Japan K.K. / BAR MINMORE HOUSE, Whiskey specialty store Aiba, Hebridean Smokehouse / Helios Brewing Company / Venture Whiskey Corporation / ventura spirits / Bonilli Japan Co. Ltd. / Honbo Shuzo K.K. / Mars Whiskey / Maoweiki Distillery / Maoweiki 貓 Ozaki Distillery / Marukai Corporation / Million Trading Company / Meidi-ya Corporation / Yabu Distillery / Yamaga Distillery / Daiwa Trading Company / Union Liquors Corporation / Yokohama Smokehouse / Yoshida LTD. / RUDDER LTD., THE ULTIMATE SPIRITS / Liquor Hasegawa Honten / Liquor Mountain Whiskey Messe / Remy Corentro Japan Co.
*** Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) ***


reference;Whisky Festival 2024 in OSAKA|exhibiting company (at a trade show, etc.)

Various whisky events will be held across the country this year.

The Institute of Whiskey Culture’s events are quite large among them and are held in a variety of locations. If there is one near you, please come and join us and enjoy meeting the whisky makers.

We will keep you informed of any event information in the future.


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.


Ryuhei Oishi

Bartender at bar Shinkai Toranomon, born in Hokkaido.
After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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