Masataka Takesuru is considered the godfather of Japanese whisky makers, and it was he who established the Yoichi distillery in 1934. With its stone walls and red tiled roof, the distillery is a remarkable building, which symbolises all the tradition and aestheticism of Japan.
In 1939, Masataka Takesuru created the Nippo Kaju society and adopted the name Nikka Whisky for its products in 1952. As its success and renown grew, the company was able to establish a second distillery, named Miyagikyo on the island of Honshu. The site was chosen for its clean air and pure waters, and its ideal conditions for aging whisky in oak casks. In 1998, a grain distillery with two alambics was constructed on the site, which today produces truly remarkable malt whiskies.