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Japanese Whiskey from Hakushu Water

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A taste of excellence: Hakushu renowned mineral water is the secret to top-class sake and Japanese whiskey

Yamanashi Tourism Organization



Surrounded on all sides by mountains towering over 3000m, including Mt. Fuji, the Southern Alps, and the Yatsugatake Volcanic Group, Yamanashi Prefecture is renowned for the water that springs from these peaks, and it produces the largest amount of mineral water in Japan. Hakushu Town in Hokuto City boasts the most famous mineral water source not only in the prefecture, but also nationwide. Hakushu prospered as a post town during the Edo period (1603–1867), and the townscape still retains the atmosphere of olden times. Within this historical town are the Shichiken Sake Brewery, which produces world-class sake, and the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, which makes excellent whiskey. A visit to these places is a valuable experience unique to this region and allows you to enjoy delicious, high-quality alcohol made from the local natural spring waters. This is a stop not to be missed for sake and whiskey fans alike.


How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the train to JR Kobuchizawa Station (2 hours), then take a taxi (about 20 minutes).

Suntory Hakushu Distillery:

From Tokyo Station, take the train to JR Kobuchizawa Station (2 hours), then take the free shuttle bus.


Yamanashi Meijo Co., Ltd.:

2283 Daigahara, Hakushu-cho, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi-ken

Suntory Hakushu Distillery:

2913-1 Torihara, Hakushu-cho, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi-ken


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