Japanese Whisky Distilleries

Our fourth whisky tour to Japan! The Japanese whisky scene is really “blossoming” just like the season in which we will visit. With cherry blossoms in bloom, and new distilleries on the rise, this Japanese Whisky Tour will be truly special. We have honed in our favorite places in Japan with incredible sightseeing, distillery visits, tastings and food.

This trip highlights some of the best that Japan has to offer with whisky as our guide. By visiting distilleries, you go to areas of Japan that are off the beaten path, and truly beautiful. Come join us on this annual trip.

Cultural Visits

As we travel around Japan, we will visit many sites, markets and neighborhoods. We base ourselves in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Kyoto, so we have plenty of time for excursions and meals.

Each of these cities has their own unique highlights. From the bustling Shinjuku “city” in Tokyo, to the food stalls in Fukuoka, and the beautiful streets and scenes in Kyoto. Our whisky day trips will take us to other incredible sights in Japan as well!

Whisky Bars & Dining

Japan is home to some of the best whisky bars in the world. We will be visiting many of these in the evenings in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Kyoto. Japanese whisky bars are filled with expressions from all over the world and can be some of the best places to find great Japanese bottles as well.

Japanese cuisine is also top notch! We will make sure to enjoy the wide variety of Japanese offerings as we travel throughout the country.



  • Chichibu Distillery
  • Nikka Miyagikyo
  • Suntory Yamazaki
  • Akashi Eigashima
  • Mars Tsunuki
  • Kanosuke
  • Shizuoka
  • Ontake
  • and others

*visits based on availability/schedule

Whisky Bars

  • Aloha
  • Milwaukee Club
  • J’s
  • Te Airigh
  • Highlander Inn & Craic
  • Higuchi
  • Kitchen
  • Fuji
  • Leichardt
  • BB13
  • and others


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

Friday, March 15 – Arrive to Tokyo for a 2-night stay. Whisky bar exploration in the evening after dinner.
Saturday, March 16 – A daytrip to Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery and Sendai.
Sunday, March 17 – Bullet train to Fukuoka for 3 nights.
Monday, March 18 – Day trip to the Kagoshima area to visit both Kanosuke and Mars Tsunuki Distilleries.
Tuesday, March 19 – Day trip to the Ontake Distillery and Shochu-producing area.
Wednesday, March 20 – Bullet train to Kyoto for 3 nights. Yamazaki Distillery visit in the afternoon.
Thursday, March 21 – Day trip visit to the Akashi Eigashima Distillery.
Friday, March 22 – Bullet train and day trip visit to the Shizuoka Distillery
Saturday, March 23 – Bullet train to Tokyo for 2 nights.Sunday, March 24 – Day trip to Chichibu and the Chichibu Distillery.
Monday, March 25 – Depart Japan

*please note, itinerary is subject to change based on availability.

  • 10-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
  • All tips
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from Tokyo before/after tour
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks during included meals, unless noted
  • Travel Insurance

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

$3995.00 per person (double occupancy), Single Supplement $1000

This trip is FULL

A deposit of $1495.00 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 $1000.

Final payment is due 90 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form.

Have a question?

    Our @rascalandthorn Water of Life Collaboration Tour continued to Glenglassaugh Distillery. Such great hospitality by Stewart Buchanan, Global Brand Ambassador. A visit to the Sandend Beach, full Distillery Tour and a fabulous tasting and feast to end with. What a great afternoon! The Sandend tasted like the beach!
#whisky #wateroflife #whiskytour #singlemalt #singlemaltwhisky #dramagram #scotland #scotch #scotchwhisky #rascalandthorn #dramoftheday #glenglassaugh #glenglassaughdistillery #slainté
    We started our 2nd @rascalandthorn Collaboration Whisky Tour with @wateroflifefilm with a visitor to Tormore Distillery in the Speyside Region of Scotland. It was really an incredible visit to the distillery with one of their Senior Distillery Managers, George, who took us through everything in detail. Then off to barrel making, hands on, and a trip to the water source for more drams! And to sample from the spring. A great way to kick off our 2nd Tour with @weedrambigman.
#whisky #rascalandthorn #wateroflife #speyside #singlemalt #singlemaltwhisky #scotland #scotch #scotchwhisky #dramagram #instadram #tormore #elixir #slainté
    Our private, small group tour of Copenhagen, Denmark and areas nearby is now over, but what a fun, beautiful and delicious tour it was!

Let us do a bespoke, private, small group tour for you! 

Thanks to @koancph @danielberlinrestaurant @rasmusmunkalchemist @restaurantalchemist @jatakcph @barrcph @stauningwhisky @stauningwhisky_hans @barrymeindrinks @bird.cph @rubycph @restaurantkadeau @arvekrognes @kennethsoendergaard @prologcoffee.cph @jonasgehl @warpigs_brewpub_cph @konghanskaelder @lisaabend @hartbageri @lidkoeb @nwcurtin @restaurant_geranium @nomacph @restaurantlyst

#gastrotour #gastrotourism #privatetours #travelwithdoc #traveltoeat
    We are thrilled to feature the Tequilas of @tequilaherraduramx at tonight’s Guest Chef dinner with @oswaldo.oliva.rico of Mexico City’s @lorea @alelirooftop @antesala.cdmx and @supertyrano at the spectacular @deermountaininn in the Catskills. Tickets available til 3pm or sold out, whichever comes first.
    This error message is only visible to WordPress admins
    Error: Access Token is not valid or has expired. Feed will not update.