Distillery Visits

Rascal + Thorn is working with local experts in Japan to get in-depth distillery visits and tastings.  We plan to visit many of the important Japanese distilleries that are known worldwide as well as smaller distilleries with product only found in Japan.

On this tour we will visit Yamazaki, Hakushu, Nikka, Ichiro’s Malt, Yoichi and others.

Whisky Bars

One of the main excursions on this trip is visiting the various whisky bars found in Tokyo and other cities.  It is at these whisky bars that our guests will be able to try unknown whiskies and rare Japanese malt.

Our local Japan experts have the inside scoop on where to go and what to look for.

Great Dining

You can’t go to Japan and not have great food!  Rascal + Thorn is known for finding some of the best cuisine on the planet.  Tokyo is a hot spot right now and we can’t wait to bring our guests to some of the special spots there and in other cities.

Food will be a highlight for sure!



  • Suntory Yamazaki
  • Suntory Hakushu
  • Nikka Miyagikyo
  • Eigashima Akashi
  • Ichiro’s Malt in Chichibu
  • Mars Shinshu
  • Nikka Yoichi
  • and others

Whisky Bars

  • Mash Tun
  • Bar Andy
  • Te Arigh
  • Rum and Whisky
  • Rocking Chair
  • Cozy
  • Bar Keith
  • Main Malt
  • K6
  • Annie Hall
  • Bar Perch
  • South Park
  • Bar Brora
  • Bow Bar


  • Evening Whisky Bar Adventures
  • Special Tastings
  • Historical and Cultural Visits
  • Food excursions
  • Many other treats

Friday, November 2 – Depart LAX for Tokyo
Saturday, November 3 – Arrive Tokyo in afternoon for 3 nights, whisky bar in Meguro
Sunday, November 4 – Day trip to Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery, whisky bar in Sendai
Monday, November 5 – Day trip to Ichiro’s Malt Distillery in Chichibu, whisky bar in Chichibu
Tuesday, November 6 – Bullet train to Kyoto for 4 nights, whisky bars in Kyoto
Wednesday, November 7 – Day Trip to Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, whisky bars in Umeda
Thursday, November 8 – Day Trip to Eigashima Akashi Distillery, whisky bars in Kobe
Friday, November 9 – Free day of sightseeing in Kyoto, whisky bars in Kyoto
Saturday, November 10 – Day-trip to Suntory Hakushu Distillery, one night in Kiyosato, whisky bar in Kiyosato
Sunday, November 11 – Day Trip to Mars Shinshu Distillery, one night in Tokyo, whisky bar in Nakano
Monday, November 12 – Morning sightseeing in Tokyo, afternoon flight to Sapporo for two nights, whisky bar in Sapporo
Tuesday, November 13 – Day Trip to Nikka Yoichi Distillery, whisky bar in Sapporo
Wednesday, November 14 – Return to Tokyo to connect with flight back to USA

  • 11-night stay in select hotels throughout Japan
  • Transportation within Japan via train and vehicle
  • Distillery Tours and Tastings
  • Historical & Cultural sights
  • Japanese Whisky Expert Guide
  • Breakfast each day
  • All taxes
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from Tokyo before/after tour
  • Flight to Sapporo (approximate cost $250)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks during included meals, unless noted
  • Tips to driver
  • Travel Insurance

We select the best hotels for the group throughout Japan with walking access to restaurants and all local attractions.

$3225.00 per person (double occupancy)


A deposit of $525.00 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

Single Supplement is available if a single does not want to share a room.  The single supplement cost is an additional $800.

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form.

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