[Youtube Video #10] The Latest Trends in Japanese Whisky (Part 1): A Review of Whisky Distilleries in Japan


“Japanese Whisky Dictionary” Youtube video distribution, the 10th edition!

This year, 2023, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Japanese whisky! So, as a review of the ever-increasing number of Japanese whisky distilleries, we would like to present “The Latest Trends in Japanese Whisky (Part 1): A Review of Whisky Distilleries in Japan”.


1. For beginners to get started.

The concept of this website was to introduce whisky to people who have been interested in “bars” and “Japanese whisky,” but have been reluctant to approach them.


We hope that it will be an opportunity to go to BAR and learn more about Japanese whisky, not only for connoisseurs who are familiar with Japanese whisky, but also for beginners who want to learn about whisky and Japanese whisky from scratch, and that it will be of interest to as many people as possible. We hope that this will be an opportunity for people to go to BARs and learn more about Japanese whisky.

2. Video Distribution #10 “The Latest Trends in Japanese Whisky (Part 1): A Review of Whisky Distilleries in Japan”

Now, here are the highlights of this 10th video.

The year 2023 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Japanese whisky.
The history of Japanese whisky making started when Suntory Yamazaki Distillery started operation in 1923. We will review once again the passion and commitment to whisky making by Shinjiro Torii, Masataka Taketsuru, Kiichiro Iwai, Kihei Abe, and others.

We have also written a detailed article on the history of Japanese whisky on our website, so please take a look here.


Today, there are more than 60 whisky distilleries in Japan, and whisky production is being carried out on a daily basis.

Please click here for the latest list of distilleries maintained on this site.


In this video, we will be looking at the Yoichi Distillery and the Akkeshi Distillery in Hokkaido. Miyagikyo Distillery and Yuza Distillery in Tohoku, and Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Distillery in Kanto. The number of whisky distilleries in Japan continues to increase. What kind of whisky is being made by what kind of company in what area at this time? We will focus on the major distilleries.


// Video Table of Contents (Timetable) //

0:11 Opening
0:48 Recent developments in Japanese whisky
3:34 Major distilleries in Hokkaido area
5:46 Major distilleries in Tohoku area
7:28 Major Distilleries in Kanto Area
8:16 Major distilleries in Chubu area
10:24 Major distilleries in Kansai Area
11:17 Major distilleries in Chugoku area
11:41 Major distilleries in Shikoku area
11:59 Major distilleries in Kyushu/Okinawa area

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3. Information about the history of Japanese whisky and distilleries

On this site, you will find information on the history of Japanese whisky, a list of Japanese whisky distilleries, information on new distilleries, reports on distillery visits, and more. Please take a look at this page as well.

3-1. History of Japanese Whisky


3-2. List of Whisky Distilleries in Japan


3-3. Whisky Distillery Visit Report


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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