Price: 1000 yen per person - includes lecture, tour and tasting.
(At the end of the tour, there is a bar where shots range from 500 yen to well over 5000. Plan accordingly! You might want to also bring food.)
The free tour turned out to be very hard to book, but for anyone interested, see this group's event for Monday February 10.
The Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery was the first to make single malt whisky in Japan. Since then, its fine, fine product has gone on to win worldwide competitions. Here's an article about Japanese whisky being the best in the world: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324504704578410750713496218
The Yamazaki factory uses water from a spring that the Japanese Ministry of Environment calls the "best mineral water in the country." The same source was used by the tea master Sen no Rikyu in the sixteenth century to brew sacred tea.
After a lecture on the history of Suntory whisky, we will take a tour of the factory and see how whisky is made. (This is like an adult version of those Sesame Street segments...) Then we will have a whisky tasting. After that, people are free to visit the Hakushu bar and try additional varieties of whisky.
Here's the info about the seminar (sorry, only in Japanese):
This should be a fun and lighthearted activity. If you're learning Japanese, it's a great way to practice your comprehension. If you have no idea what they're saying, that should be fine too! There's no test, and you'll still be able to taste the whisky. If you're a native speaker and want to translate, I'll buy you a shot.