Jas Saw

Jas, aka Tonight’s Poison, will be our special co-leader on this Rascal + Thorn Whisky Tour of Japan. Jas’ passion for whisky and the whisky community is ever-growing (see him on Instagram: @tonightspoison), and we are very excited to bring him and our guests to Japan to show them what Japanese whisky is all about.

This tour will focus on the distilleries that make Japanese whisky, cultural highlights in Tokyo, Kyoto and beyond, and the food and whisky bars that round out such a fun Japanese whisky experience.

Distillery Visits

Rascal + Thorn works 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, Miyagikyo, Chichibu, Akashi Eigashima and others. Each distillery is unique and offers tasting opportunities that you don’t get anywhere else in the world.

Whisky Bars

Japanese whisky bars are in a world unto themselves. Filled with whisky from all over the world, they truly have more expressions to try than most bars around the world. From Japanese to Scotch whisky, to Bourbon and others, the Japanese whisky bar experience is a highlight of any trip to Japan.

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


Saturday, March 21 – Arrive Tokyo in afternoon for 3 nights
Sunday, March 22 – Day trip to Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery, whisky bar in Sendai
Monday, March 23 – Day trip to Ichiro’s Malt Distillery in Chichibu, whisky bar in Chichibu
Tuesday, March 24 – We leave Tokyo and visit the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, one night near Kiyosato
Wednesday, March 25 – We leave Kiyosato and visit the Mars Shinshu Distillery, we continue on to Kyoto for 4 nights
Thursday, March 26 – Free day in Kyoto
Friday, March 27 – Day trip to Akashi Eigashima Distillery
Saturday, March 28 – Day-trip to Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
Sunday, March 29 – We return to Tokyo to catch our flight back to the US



  • Suntory Yamazaki
  • Suntory Hakushu
  • Nikka Miyagikyo
  • Eigashima Akashi
  • Chichibu
  • and others

Whisky Bars

  • Mash Tun
  • Bar Andy
  • Te Arigh
  • Rum and Whisky
  • Bar Perch
  • Bar Brora
  • Bow Bar


  • Evening Whisky Bar Adventures
  • Special Tastings
  • Historical and Cultural Visits
  • Food excursions
  • Many other treats
  • 8-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
  • 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 local attractions.

$3295.00 per person (double occupancy)


A deposit of $595.00 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.

Please note, this package does not include round-trip airfare to Japan. Everyone comes from different locations (some use mileage points), so we don’t include airfare. We are able to help you book airfare and find the best deal for you from your location. Just let us know if you need this help.

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

Please contact us for a Reservation Form.

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