We were given a free day in Sapporo for our last day and so my dad and his friends decided to head to the Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. I decided to join them instead of going around Otaru or shopping around Sapporo. It was quite far from Sapporo so heading towards the distillery actually took up the whole day.
From our hotel, we walked towards Sapporo Station and took the train to Otaru.
We didn’t take a direct train from Sapporo to Yoichi because we had to drop some of my dad’s friends at Otaru.
Arriving at Otaru:
There are also some some sceneries you can enjoy at Otaru if you would want a different view outside of Sapporo.
Since we weren’t able to catch the connecting train from Otaru to Yoichi and the next trian was so late, we decided to take the bus to Yoichi instead.
As you exit from Otaru station, turn to your right and you’ll see the bus terminal.
You will get down at Yoichi Station Crossroads. I can read Chinese so it helped me when the LED board flashed the stop on the screen but if you don’t know how to read Chinese, keep in mind that the stop has 7 characters and the 3rd to the last word olooks like a plus sign (+). When you see that go down.
As soon as you get down, you’ll already see Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery.
If you look from behind, you can see the JR train for the Yoichi Station.
Before we headed to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, we decided to have lunch first.
We discovered a local ramen shop! It was small and is run by an old couple.
How to go to this local ramen shop:
There is no english menu and this is their only menu. We got the ones with red arrows pointed at the photo.
After we had lunch at the local ramen shop, we headed towards the Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery!!!
After exploring the Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, we decided to head back to Sapporo.
We missed the bus so we decided to wait for the train. There is only 1 bus and 1 train per hour so we had to wait for almost an hour inside the train station.
* NOTE: the train from Yoichi to Sapporo has a stopover at Otaru like it’s the end of the line. If everyone leaves the train it means you’re at Otaru and you have to change trains that will take you from Otaru to Sapporo *
all photos taken using an iPhone / Fujifilm X-A5 18-55mm