[Until November 28] Yokogawa Distillery Crowdfunding

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“Yokogawa Distillery” from Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan is now crowdfunding. Newborn of the distillery and support purchase of whisky to be completed in 3 years.


1. What is Yokogawa Distillery?

Yokogawa Distillery produces shochu in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture.

They distill by unique methods such as “far-red roasting method,” “PH value conversion distillation method,” and “production of sweetpotato koji and shochu using sweetpotato koji”.

Distillery Features

A distillery surrounded by nature

Yokogawa Distillery is located in the mountainous area of the Kirishima mountain range, surrounded by rich natural Kirishima trees. The altitude of the distillery is approximately 300 meters above sea level. The temperature difference between day and night is extreme, so the whisky can be expected to mature quickly.

High quality brewing water

The Kirishima mountain range is a treasure house of good quality water that is so abundant that it is said to be a large source of water. Our distillery, which uses groundwater from the Kirishima mountain range, is blessed with an abundance of natural water that has passed through volcanic gravel beds, the Shirasu plateau, and dissolved tuff. All of our products are brewed and watered with “Aoki Mizu,” natural water that boils from the foothills of the Kirishima Mountains. This water is rich in magnesium and minerals and has a shining blue color when stored in tanks.

Abundance of aging casks

In addition to sherry and bourbon casks, we plan to partner with wineries in Japan and abroad to age our whisky in a variety of casks, including wine casks, in order to create a delicious Japanese single malt whisky that can be enjoyed around the world.

Fermentation and distillation technology cultivated through shochu distillation

Yokogawa Distillery has a history of over 75 years as a shochu distillery, and the fermentation techniques and knowledge of potato shochu that have been continuously cultivated have been passed down to the craftsmen of our generation. Craftsmen who have mastered the fermentation of sweetpotato, which is said to be more difficult than that of barley, also demonstrate their mastery in the fermentation and distillation of barley malt, and work day and night in production and research to create delicious whisky.

Whisky Yokogawa Characteristics
“Whisky grown by the mountains and the sea” born in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Surrounded by mountains and the sea, the whisky breathes slowly in the barrels over time, and each barrel matures into a different flavor with a different character.

Your own whisky, slowly nurtured over time.

Yokogawa Distillery
It is a long-established distillery in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, which has been in operation since the 1940s. They have been producing traditional Japanese distilled spirit, Shochu for many years.
We challenged the whisky business with the hope of bringing Kagoshima’s distilled spirit production technology to the world.

Kirishima, where the distillery is located, is a mountain range rich in nature and famous for its spring water.
Please enjoy the whisky produced by the craftsmanship and the nature of Kirishima.

Reference: Yokogawa Distillery official website

Company nameAt Star Co.
AddressYokogawa Distillery Whisky Factory
3280-5 Kamino-Kamino, Yokogawa-cho, Kirishima-shi, Kagoshima 899-6301

2. Return goods

The crowdfunding campaign that ended on March 14, 2023 raised 2,124,500 yen against the goal of 300,000 yen, which was used for training at distilleries in Japan and equipment at the distillery, and the distillery is now ready for distilling.

The crowdfunding campaign has already raised about 6 million yen in support of the target amount of 1 million yen, and the funds will be used to purchase sherry casks, which are soaring in price these days, and to repair the second distillery if there is room.


The return items for the Yokogawa Distillery crowdfunding are as follows.

Please visit the crowdfunding site “Makuake” for details on how to apply and further details on the return items.

7,000 yen (tax included)Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask Finish 300ml One Ownership
7,000 yen (tax included)Single Malt Whisky Newborn “Yokogawa” sherry cask 300ml
10,000 yen (tax included)Single malt whisky ownership & Newborn 300ml
14,000 yen (tax included)Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask Finish 700ml Ownership Right of Single Malt Whisky Finished in the First Year
20,000 yen (tax included)Single Malt Whisky Sherry Barrel Finish (Cask Strength) Ownership
1,980,000 yen (tax included)Limited to 3 Japanese Single Malt Whisky Cask Sherry Cask Ownership

The one with the name of owner right can visit the distillery anytime, along with monthly activity reports only for the owner.

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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