Hakushu Distillery

Pink flowering tree sits in front of the twin rooftops of the Hakushu Distillery

Hakushu. Where Inspiration Continues.

The Hakushu Distillery was founded half a century after Yamazaki, when Keizo Saji inherited his father’s vision in his quest for innovation and constructed this second Suntory distillery in 1973.
Chosen for its distinctive natural surroundings that differ greatly from Yamazaki, Hakushu produces whiskies which are imbued with the characteristics of the distillery’s environment. Everything from the unique production processes down to the exquisite flavors of Hakushu whiskies are a result of the distillery existing in perfect harmony with its surroundings.

Spring water flower over rocks beneath green trees near the Suntory Hakushu Distillery

A Balance of Time and Nature

The exceptionally soft mountain water of Hakushu originates as clear-flowing rainwater and melted snow, which passes through Mt. Kaikomagatake of the Japanese Southern Alps and joins the Ojira and Jingu Rivers at the mountain foot. With four distinctive seasons, the clear air and cool, humid climate of Hakushu’s vast forests allow the distillery, one of the few situated at an elevation of 700 meters or more, to produce high-quality whisky through a slow, unhurried process.

Whisky Making at Hakushu

The water and environment at the Hakushu distillery is vastly different to that of the Yamazaki distillery, as is the creation process. At fermentation, artisannal craftsmen use solely wooden washbacks to encourage maturation by retaining heat in the cool air at the distillery.

A variety of pot stills and casks are carefully chosen to suit the high elevation and climate of Hakushu, ultimately producing an array of single malt whiskies with a variety of characters that reflect its surroundings.

2024 Yamazaki and Hakushu Kogei Collection

This collection is a testament to the concept of ‘kogei’, meaning ‘traditional Japanese craft’. The product of Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo’s creative craftsmanship, these single malts from the Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries use peated malt and maturation in Spanish oak casks to enhance and deepen the unique flavor profile, producing a colorful spice character with smoky notes.

The spirit of kogei infuses the packaging and label design from Chiso, Kyoto’s highly renowned kimono house. Since 1555, Chiso has honored the tradition of crafting kimono, while also challenging convention. The designs are based on actual kimonos and draw inspiration from the stunning natural surroundings of both distilleries. Experience a true embodiment of craft through inspired innovation in the Kogei Collection.

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Visit Hakushu Distillery

Join us in-person for a newly elevated experience at the distillery inspired by Japanese nature.

Monozukuri Premium Tour & Tasting

Get an exclusive look at limited areas and experience our craftspeople at work, followed by a tasting session of special whiskies inspired by Hakushu’s natural surroundings.

Hakushu distillery tour

Monozukuri Tour 
& Tasting

Welcome to the second generation of Suntory distilleries at Hakushu. Learn how our whisky-making process produces truly special whiskies through the art of distillation and blending.

Hakushu distillery tour

Find Us or Get in Touch

For reservations and inquiries, please contact:

Information Desk: +81-551-35-2211
(Hours: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm) (Last entry 4:00pm)

Suntory Hakushu Distillery 
2913-1 Torihara, Hakushu-cho, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture

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About House of Suntory

Founded in 1899, Shinjiro Torii built the House of Suntory with a singular vision: to craft quintessentially Japanese spirits that would suit the delicate palate of his people.

Statue of the founder of the House of Suntory, who shaped Japanese craftsmanship

The Yamazaki Range

The Yamazaki Whisky is Suntory's flagship single malt whisky, from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery. With a range of options from Yamazaki DIstiller’s Reserve to 12, 18, and 25 years old, all of these prestigious whiskies contain carefully blended components aged in American, Spanish, and Japanese Mizunara oak.

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