Japanese Whisky Distilleries

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. 2025 is going to be special. We will also include Hokkaido on this tour! And not only that, Holly and Charles will be the group leaders on this tour!

Cultural Visits

As we travel around Japan, we will visit many sites, markets and neighborhoods. We base ourselves in Sapporo, 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. Hokkaido is one of the most beautiful places in Japan! 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 Sapporo, 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 Yoichi
  • Suntory Yamazaki
  • Akashi Eigashima
  • Mars Tsunuki
  • Kanosuke
  • Shizuoka
  • 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

Please note, this itinerary is still being developed.

Wednesday – Arrive to Tokyo for a 4-night stay. Whisky bar exploration in the evening after dinner.
Thursday – A daytrip to Fuji Gotemba to visit the Kirin Fuji Distillery. Evening adventure
Friday – A daytrip to Chichibu to visit the Chichibu Distillery and spend the day in the great town of Chichibu. Whisky bars and great food.
Saturday – Day trip to the Shizuoka to visit the Shizuoka Distillery and tea-producing area.
Sunday – We head to Kyoto for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to the Nishiki Market.
Monday – Day trip to visit the Yamazaki Distillery. Cultural sights in the afternoon.
Tuesday – Day trip visit to the Akashi Eigashima Distillery. Cultural sights in the afternoon.
Wednesday – Bullet train to Fukuoka for 2 nights.
Thursday – Day trip to Kagoshima area to visit Kanosuke and Mars Tsunuki distilleries.
Friday – Fly to Sapporo in Hokkaido for 2 nights.
Saturday – Day trip to Nikka Yoichi.
Sunday – Depart Japan.

*please note, itinerary is subject to change based on availability. It’s very possible that we do this tour in reverse order and finish in Tokyo instead of Hokkaido.

  • 11-night stay in select hotels throughout Japan
  • Transportation within Japan via train, vehicle and flight to Hokkaido
  • Distillery Tours and Tastings
  • Historical & Cultural sights
  • Japanese Whisky Expert Guide
  • Breakfast each day
  • All taxes
  • All tips
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from Japan 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.

Price is $4995 per person (double occupancy)

If you are interested in a Reservation Form, please let us know. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

Single Supplement is available for $1500 if a single traveler does not want to share a room.

Please note, this tour is an 11-night tour and does include one flight from Sapporo to Fukuoka.

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