Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > Asia > Japan
Reload this Page >

Consolidated "Buy Whiskey in Japan" thread (was: Haneda/Narita Duty Free Whiskey)

Consolidated "Buy Whiskey in Japan" thread (was: Haneda/Narita Duty Free Whiskey)

Reply

Old May 5, 16, 2:29 pm
  #391  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Left
Programs: FT
Posts: 7,285
Originally Posted by Jigen666 View Post
You could try the W. Shop in Osaka (That's Suntory's official shop there).
this closed on March 31, 2016. they had it for sample though...
mkjr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 5, 16, 2:30 pm
  #392  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Left
Programs: FT
Posts: 7,285
Originally Posted by danam View Post
....but they used to have a bottle available for tastings before they closed the store permanently at the end of march....!
fixed it for you...
mkjr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 12, 16, 12:50 pm
  #393  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 2
SF Costco currently (Tuesday eve) has a bunch of Hibiki Harmony for around $59. There were 16 or so bottles, maybe more cases underneath.
Katama77 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 15, 16, 7:59 am
  #394  
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 460
In Tokyo for a few days, where should I check out Shinanoya? Which Donkis have the best chances of having something rare? Looking for a Hibiki 17 probably as that's still affordable as long as it's not marked up like crazy.
dmo580 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 15, 16, 4:04 pm
  #395  
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Boulder
Programs: AA Plat, CX Silver
Posts: 2,264
Originally Posted by dmo580 View Post
In Tokyo for a few days, where should I check out Shinanoya? Which Donkis have the best chances of having something rare? Looking for a Hibiki 17 probably as that's still affordable as long as it's not marked up like crazy.
I was in the Donki in Shimbashi yesterday. Nothing interesting, no Hibiki.

I went to a half dozen stores in the Ginza yesterday and couldn't even find Hibiki NAS.

Hibiki 17 runs $200 at Narita duty free.
txflyer77 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 15, 16, 5:22 pm
  #396  
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 460
Originally Posted by txflyer77 View Post
I was in the Donki in Shimbashi yesterday. Nothing interesting, no Hibiki.

I went to a half dozen stores in the Ginza yesterday and couldn't even find Hibiki NAS.

Hibiki 17 runs $200 at Narita duty free.
Wow I'm surprised no NAS.... that stuff should be easy to find! I saw it in Isetan yesterday for 5600.
dmo580 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 15, 16, 5:34 pm
  #397  
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Boulder
Programs: AA Plat, CX Silver
Posts: 2,264
Originally Posted by dmo580 View Post
Wow I'm surprised no NAS.... that stuff should be easy to find! I saw it in Isetan yesterday for 5600.
I was surprised too. I wound up bringing home a few bottles of Nikka From The Barrel for friends, which should at least have some novelty value since it isn't available in the US.
txflyer77 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 15, 16, 6:07 pm
  #398  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: YYZ
Posts: 1,655
Originally Posted by dmo580 View Post
In Tokyo for a few days, where should I check out Shinanoya? Which Donkis have the best chances of having something rare? Looking for a Hibiki 17 probably as that's still affordable as long as it's not marked up like crazy.
At least a few weeks back, I found stock of Hibiki 17 at multiple Donki locations (Asakusa, Shinjuku, Ginza and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head).

They were selling for 11,900 JPY + tax.
tng11 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 15, 16, 10:37 pm
  #399  
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 460
Found Hibiki 17... Hasegawa is charging 16,800

Edit: Meidi-Ya in Kyobashi has mini bottles of 17. Meidi-Ya in Roppongi has Yamizaki 12 for 8,500. No luck at the 4 Donkis I was able to hit up.

Last edited by dmo580; May 16, 16 at 8:08 pm
dmo580 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 20, 16, 12:01 am
  #400  
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 1
Buy Japanese whisky @ Kyoto/Osaka

Hihi.. Good day everyone. I m a new babe here ��

I m going to Kyoto via Osaka end next week for a short holiday with my girl friend. I m very keen to get a bottle or 2 Japanese whisky for my hubby who is a whisky lover. I wanna give it as a "surprise gift" to him. He loves Yamazaki & Hibiki as I know.

Can anyone share some view/info or advise me where can I get Yamazaki 12 or 18? Hibiki 12 or 17? Any other good Japanese whisky can be recommended can be bought @ Kyoto or Osaka ? From duty paid or duty free store?

Thank you in advance! ❤️����

Dee ��
DeeOSpirit is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old May 20, 16, 7:02 am
  #401  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Left
Programs: FT
Posts: 7,285
Originally Posted by DeeOSpirit View Post
Hihi.. Good day everyone. I m a new babe here ��

I m going to Kyoto via Osaka end next week for a short holiday with my girl friend. I m very keen to get a bottle or 2 Japanese whisky for my hubby who is a whisky lover. I wanna give it as a "surprise gift" to him. He loves Yamazaki & Hibiki as I know.

Can anyone share some view/info or advise me where can I get Yamazaki 12 or 18? Hibiki 12 or 17? Any other good Japanese whisky can be recommended can be bought @ Kyoto or Osaka ? From duty paid or duty free store?

Thank you in advance! ❤️����

Dee ��
How much are you willing to spend for those ones. They are available but the prices have increased dramatically.
mkjr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 7, 16, 4:05 pm
  #402  
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Arcadia, CA
Programs: Marriott Lifetime Titanium
Posts: 771
Any new leads on Hibiki 21 or Yamazaki 18?
chongl is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 9, 16, 1:16 am
  #403  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: LAX, SNA
Programs: AA, BA, WN, HH, CC, MR
Posts: 57
Originally Posted by tng11 View Post
At least a few weeks back, I found stock of Hibiki 17 at multiple Donki locations (Asakusa, Shinjuku, Ginza and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head).

They were selling for 11,900 JPY + tax.
I checked the Asakusa and Akihabara Donki locations multiple times between May 14-17 and wasn't able to find the Hibiki 17. On a positive note, I did buy a bottle of Kavalan Solist Cherry cask for around $88 USD duty free on a flight from Hong Kong
doraemonkerpal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 9, 16, 7:59 pm
  #404  
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Programs: Krisflyer
Posts: 10
Fukuoka Treasure Hunt!

Folks,

Just back from Fukuoka and happy to report I have the most fruitful trip ever from a whiskey hunting perspective.

I visited Daimaru and Mitshikoshi liquor section and nothing is available for aged bottles. I cant remember if they have NAS but i did not bothered to note it down.

Off I went to BIC Camera but I went to the wrong one and it does not have liquor section so I went to the one that is underneath the subway tracks.

Firstly I went to the open shelves and I saw a range of Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakashu including 12 years series. That is nice!

Then I turn over to my side and noticed a locked glass cabinet and my jaw nearly dropped there and then.

In that glass cabinet, there is the hibiki 17 (Y11800), yamazaki limited 2016 (Y9980) (non-sherry version) and the yamazaki 18 (Y24800) !!

Without hesitation and fearing more buyers coming, i signal to the store clerk to take them all out and will pay in a jiffy LOL

Guess what ? I got them all at tax free prices!!!!!

This is pure 100% luck and I guess the yamazaki 18 was probably only sitting there for 1-2 hrs at most.

Then I went to Don Quijote and they have half a dozen of Yama 12 and Hibiki 17 on their shelves too.

Pics below

Don Quijote shelf


BIC Camera


Good Luck!
SQ50 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 10, 16, 7:35 am
  #405  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Left
Programs: FT
Posts: 7,285
Nice score! Great price for the limited.
mkjr is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread