2012 Factory Tours

Nikka Scotch Whiskey - Yoichi, Hokkaido

There was a love story, almost a legend, behind this factory. It was a quite touching story:
Astonishing life of Scots woman who took whisky to Japan
The Rita Taketsuru Fan Club

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They were using coal to heat the fermentation vat. Yes, this location was still being used for high-end Whiskey production even the factory was open to general audience and somewhat arranged for visitors.

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Gekkeikan Sake Ōkura Memorial Hall - Fushimi, Kyoto

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I also went the following factory tours but no photos were allowed:
(1) Historical Museum of milk and dairy (MEG Milk Sapporo factory)
(2) Iwatsuka-sika (rice cracker factory)
(3) KIRIN Beer Park (Beer Brewery Tour)

At the end of factory tours, I was given product samples and/or I was allowed to try their Beer/Sake/Whiskey.

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