Now a bustling metropolis, Sapporo (札幌市) was once nothing but a quiet hunting and fishing town in the Ishikari Plain of Hokkaido, settled by the Ainu.
It owed its early development to the colonization bureau of the government. It is now a major commercial centre, with Otaru, on the Sea of Japan, as its out-port.
Otaru Canal was completed in the year 1923, when Japan had Westernized. It was built to support shipping by boat to Hokkaido, which at the time was just developing.
Nostalgic buildings from that time are still lined up alongside the canal.
The environment of Yoichi is similar to that of Scotland, where whisky originates. That is why Masataka Taketsuru, known as the “Japanese father of whisky”, chose this town to produce whisky.
At Yoichi Distillery, Hokkaido, you can learn about the production procedure of Nikka whisky as well as its history at their whisky museum. Feel the charm of whisky at a distillery surrounded by nature.