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Suntory Whiskey Museum

First floor

Suntory Whiskey Museum
‘History of Japanese whiskey’ exhibit

Welcome to a museum dedicated to exploring the appeal of whisky.

On the first floor, you’ll find an exhibit looking back on the history of whisky-making in Japan. The displays chronicle this remarkable story from the dawn of Japanese whisky production to the present day by showcasing the accomplishments of Shinjiro Torii, the father of Japanese whisky and the founder of Suntory, and the master blenders who have carried forward his aspirations.

  • Suntory Whiskey Museum
  • Suntory Whiskey Museum

‘History of Japanese Whisky’ exhibit

This exhibit tells the story of whisky in Japan through an extensive assortment of historic items, including the desk regularly used by Shinjiro Torii as he polished his whisky-blending skills; ’Suntory Whisky Shirofuda’ bottles, which the first authentic whisky ever made in Japan; and video clips dating to the period.

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Second floor

The mysteries and science of whiskey

Have fun learning about the mysteries and science of whisky.

A cheerful character drawn by Osamu Tezuka explores the mysteries of whisky that defy scientific explanation. The exhibit includes reproductions of the medieval technologies and implements used to create distilled spirits from fermented liquor, as well as invaluable historical items related to the birth of whisky.

  • The mysteries and science of whiskey
  • The mysteries and science of whiskey

Third floor

How whiskey reflects both history and culture and shapes its times

How whisky reflects both history and culture and shapes its times.

There is no shortage of distinctive whiskies in the world, each with its own history and culture. In addition to examining how some of these whiskies have been defined by the climate and history of the areas that produced them, this exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to discover how whisky can shape its times.

Explore the relationship between people and liquor through bars, history, and popular culture.

This floor features reproductions of a Parisian cafe, a British pub, and a Japanese Torys bar of the late 1950s and early 1960s. You’ll learn how people enjoyed and related to liquor through a wealth of invaluable historic materials and collections that chart the enduring relationship between popular culture and liquor.

Observation platform

Observation platform

An observation platform at an elevation of 712 meters affords visitors panoramic views of the area’s magnificent mountains, including Mt. Kaikomagatake of the Southern Alps and Mt. Yatsugatake. On clear days, you can even see Mt. Fuji. The roofs of whisky storehouses dot the landscape, and the bird sanctuary stretches out before your eyes.

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Guided Tour Reservations

For more information about Hakushu Distillery or to reserve your place on a tour,please contact the Hakushu Distillery Information Desk:

Operator hours:
9:30 am to 4:30 pm(except plant shutdowns)

Suntory Hakushu Distillery
Dedication to Quality

Suntory Hakushu Distillery
Dedication to Quality
Dedication to Quality

Click here to learn more about how skilled craftsmen create the subtle flavors of Suntory Whisky by taking advantage of the rich natural bounty surrounding Hakushu Distillery.

Major awards
Major awards

Suntory Whisky has received awards at numerous international liquor competitions.

For reservations/inquiries, please contact the Hakushu Distillery Information Desk

Phone:+81-551-35-2211 * Please take care not to misdial.

Operator hours:9:30 am to 4:30 pm(except plant shutdowns)
Closed:Over the New Year’s holiday and during plant shutdowns
(some of which are not scheduled in advance)
  • * Guided tours of the distillery are conducted in Japanese, but an audio guide in English, Chinese and French is available. Please request a unit when making your reservation.