Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

The Birthplace of Japanese Whiskey

Shinjiro Torii, founder of Suntory chose Yamazaki in Shimamoto Town for the cite of distillery as this area provides essential environment for whisky fermentation, and began construction of his distillery in 1923.  Outline of Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is as shown below in this page.


Factory tours and seminars are held at the distillery! 


 In addition to whisky production and sales, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery provides tours and seminars (reservation required).

Please vidit the web-site of Suntory Yamazaki Distillery for details.


  • There is no parking space in the distillery except for tour buses and vehicles for those with physical disabilities.  Use of .public transportation is highly recommended to access to the distillery.

Shimamoto Town and Whisky 

Japan's First Malt Whisky Distillery

Shinjiro Torii, founder of Kotobukiya (which later became Suntory), began building Yamazaki Distillery, Japan’s first malt whisky distillery, in 1923 in an effort to create a whisky uniquely suited to Japan’s climate that would be embraced by the Japanese. The site in Yamazaki offered plentiful, high-quality under ground water that was perfectly suited to whisky-making, and its moist climate met essential requirements for aging whisky. The quality of the area’s water was particularly praised by Dr. Moore, a contemporary of Shinjiro and an authority on zymurgy in Scotland. Torys, Kakubin, Old, Royal... each of the many renowned whiskies developed in this ideal whisky-making setting and introduced as the distillery overcame the challenges posed by such defining events as World War II captured the essential qualities of its era and helped drive the development of Japan’s whisky culture. Today, Yamazaki single malt whisky has been embraced by whisky-lovers the world over. Yamazaki Distillery’s unique history makes it the true birthplace of Japanese whisky . (Quoted from the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery web-site)


The Pristine Waters of Yamazaki

Yamazaki is praised for its pristine waters - a resource that is critically important in the making of whisky - in the Man’yoshu, an ancient anthology of poetry. Water known as Rikyu no Mizu [water of the imperial villa] continues to bubble up near the distillery and has been designated by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment as one of the best natural mineral waters in the country. It is even said that tea ceremony master Senno Rikyu would draw pure water here for use in the tea ceremony. Located at the foot of Mt. Tennozan, Yamazaki Distillery is surrounded by ancient bamboo forests. Bamboo trees favour pure water, and the deep, rich aroma of Yamazaki single malt whisky derives precisely from the use of the delicious, pure water from these forests. (Quoted from the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery web-site)


Contact us 

Commerce and Industry Promotion Division, City creation department (2nd floor, Shimamoto Town Hall)
Telephone 075-962-2846, fax 075-961-6298




〒618-8570 大阪府三島郡島本町桜井二丁目1番1号
電話:075-961-5151(代表) ファックス:075-962-5156
執務時間:9時~17時30分 休日:土曜日、日曜日、祝日および12月29日~1月3日