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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery is the main distillery of Nikka Whisky, one of Japan's top whisky makers. It was founded in 1934 by Taketsuru Masataka, who is known as the father of Japanese whisky. Masataka was part of the group responsible for creating Yamazaki Distillery, Japan's first whisky distillery. He then set out to Hokkaido where he started his own distillery, the Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. He puts his knowledge, technique and experience in whisky making he gained during his several years in Scotland. Masataka decided on Yoichi as the located for its clear water, pure air, and rich peat. He believed that Yoichi's conditions best matched the conditions from Scotland that allows for its amazing whisky.
Yoichi Distillery can be visited and visitors can choose between a self guided walking tour or a guided tour given in Japanese. During the tours visitors can view many of the original buildings that are still being used as well as learn about the whisky making process. Audio guides and information are displayed in English. Visitors will also learn about the company's history and about Masataka and his Scottish wife who moved to Hokkaido to help her husband build his business.
The tour also includes sampling of various Nikka whiskies distilled there so guests can get a taste of some of the best award winning whiskies. Nikka Whisky is ranked as one of the best single malt whiskies in the world.