Hakushu Distillery was founded in 1973. The place is owned by Suntori, the same group operating the Yamazaki Distillery in Osaka.
One of the pariticularity of the distillery is the high altitude at which it is located. At about 700 meters above sea level, this is one of the highest in the world. The higher altitude means that the boiling temperature is lower and so is the atmospheric pressure. This results in a whisky with a distinctive taste. It is said to have an earthy and herbal taste.
You'll learn at the Distillery's museum about the history of Suntori and whisky in Japan as well about how local climate affects whisky production.
The view surrounding the facility is simply stunning. The above picture is taken from the rooftop obervation platform of the museum.
Tours are available but they are only conducted in Japanese. You can get headsets however with a pre-recorded tour in English, French or Chinese. Tours last about 40 minutes and are concluded with a tasting session. You must make a reservation. From more information, see the link below.
At the facilitiy's bar, for a really low price, you can enjoy tasting some of the best whisky made at the Hakushu Distillery. Not only that but you can also try out the ones made at its sister distillery of Yamazaki and other rare whiskies from around the world!
Hakushu Distillery Factory Shop
The Hakushu Distillery has its own factory shop called "In The Barrel" where you can buy some reserve whiskies and other exclusive goods such as specialty glassware and snack foods.
Don't leave Hakushu Distillery without getting yourself a nice bottle of single malt whisky!
< 2 hours from the JR Shinjuku Station to the Kobuchizawa Station (JR Azusa Limited Express) >
From the Kobuchizawa station, you can either take a shuttle bus (15 min) to the distillery or a taxi (10 min).
For a guide to all of Suntory's distilleries, please have a look at the link below.