Suntory Hakushu Distillery

Suntory Hakushu Distillery

Established in 1973, the pristine water flowing from the mountains are ideal for producing whiskey and since its opening, Hakushu has won numerous international awards. The distillery is set within extensive and attractive grounds with multiple buildings including the distillery itself, a museum, large tasting and event hall and restaurant.


The distillery grounds including the museum and gift shop can be entered free of charge however to get the  most out of your visit, it’s worth joining a tour. Multiple tour times are available each day and – lasting around one hour – take visitors through the distillery, storage facilities and end with a guided tasting.


Tours are well-organised and led by excellent guides. For non-Japanese speakers, English and other foreign language audio guides can be downloaded to your phone, allowing you to join any tour.


Some guides also speak good English and are always keen to make you feel welcome.



09:30 to 16:30 (last entry at 16:00)

Open daily / closed over New Year Period

Admission to the museum and giftshop is free / Tours start at JPY1000

Reaching the distillery by public transport takes time. On weekends and public holidays, the Suntory provides free shuttle buses from JR Kobuchizawa Station, accessible using the JR Chuo Line from Matsumoto. On other days, it is east to head to JR Nirasakai Station and take the local bus from Bus Stop No.3. Disembark at Matsubarakami, from where the distillery can be accessed on-foot in around 10 minutes