THE KYOTO DISTILLERY

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The Kyoto Distillery is Japan’s first dedicated gin distillery.
Inspired by Kyoto’s history and craftsmanship,
it reflects the vision of the founders
to create one of the world’s finest gins.

INSPIRED BY TRADITION
CRAFTED IN KYOTO

WHY KYOTO?

WHY KYOTO

We are often asked why we chose to establish our craft gin distillery in Kyoto, rather than Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido, or any of the many other locations that could have been selected.

The simple answer is that, for us, it had to be Kyoto, and no other place was ever seriously considered. We instinctively felt that this city with its proud history symbolised what we are trying to achieve with our gins. If the people of Kyoto accept and welcome this new addition to the city’s myriad cultural achievements over the past 1,000 years and more, then we will have succeeded.

Not only does Kyoto feel like the perfect place to craft such a quality product, it also offers an abundance of raw materials with which to work: the soft waters of Fushimi, famed for centuries for producing the highest-quality sake, and a huge selection of locally-grown ingredients, such as yuzu, sanshō and the legendary teas of Uji.

Perhaps even more significant is the inspiration we gain from living and working in this city, alongside businesses that have been crafting beautiful fabrics, pottery and paper for many hundreds of years.

Our bottles carry this message, distilled to its essence.