Japanese Whisky Distilleries

The Japanese whisky scene has really blossomed over the last 20 years. Visiting  distilleries in Japan gives the whisky enthusiast all the more reason to love what is being produced there. We visit the classic Yamazaki Distillery as well as some of the most exciting younger distilleries like Chichibu, Mars and Kanosuke.

What is even more special about this itinerary is that these distilleries are located in some of the best spots in Japan! So not only do we get to see the producers, but we get to travel through the countryside and into Southern Japan and see a lot of the country.

Cultural Visits and the Kyoto Whisky Festival

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

Our stay in Kyoto is during the Spring Solstice and we will be able to attend the Kyoto Whisky Festival and have a chance to sample whiskies from all over the world. This will be the first time in the last few years that this Festival will be held.

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, Kyoto and Fukuoka. 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
  • Yamazaki
  • Akashi Eigashima
  • Mars Tsunuki
  • Kanosuke
  • Ontake
  • and others

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 17 – Arrive to Tokyo for a 3-night stay. Whisky bars in evening
Saturday, March 18 – Cultural Day in Tokyo – see the sights! Whisky bars in evening.
Sunday, March 19 – Day trip to Chichibu to visit the Distillery and local sights.
Monday, March 20 – Bullet train to Kyoto for 3 nights. Whisky bars in evening.
Tuesday, March 21 – Kyoto Whisky Festival
Wednesday, March 22 – Day trip to Yamazaki Distillery and Osaka.
Thursday, March 23 – Visit Akashi Eigashima Distillery. Bullet train to Fukuoka for 4 nights.
Friday, March 24 – Sightseeing day in Fukuoka. Whisky bars in the evening.
Saturday, March 25 – Bullet train to Kagoshima. Visit Kanosuke and Mars Tsunuki Distilleries.
Sunday, March 26 – Day trip to Ontake Distillery.
Monday, March 27 – Fly back to Tokyo and connect to flight to USA

  • 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
  • Flight to Tokyo on last day (approximate cost $200)

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

$3495.00 per person (double occupancy), Single Supplement $800

Trip is Full – it’s possible to waitlist!

A deposit of $995.00 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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