Akkeshi is located in the southeast of Hokkaido. In the midst of Japan's beautiful
northern wilderness, it developed as one of the major communities of eastern
Hokkaido beginning in the Edo Period (1603-1867). To the south is Akkeshi Bay,
connected by a strait to inland Lake Akkeshi, and the town sits on the water's edge.
Just to the north of the distillery site is Oboro River, and to the northeast
the vast expanse of the Bekan-Beushi wetlands. These are habitat
for rare birds such as the red-crowned crane and the white-tailed eagle,
and migratory birds like the whooper swan make stops here.
In every season of the year, visitors are enthralled by the region's natural beauty.
On the cape where Akkeshi is located, fog often rolls in from the sea.
Lake Akkeshi and the town look mysterious
when shrouded in dense fog.
Dense fog also covers Oborogawa River to
the north of the distillery site.
The air, full of mist and brine,
affects the whisky aging process.
Although there is little snow accumulation, the average temperature in winter is around
–5°C, and the trees glitter with ice.
In winter, Oboro River to the north of
the distillery freezes over. Local residents
make holes in the ice and go fishing.
Ayamegahara, where 300,000 irises bloom
in late June and early July.
All sorts of beautiful flowers bloom
between May and October.
Red-crowned cranes build nests in the Bekan-Beushi river delta.
Akkeshi Waterfowl Observation Center is located nearby,
and different birds can be observed year-round.
In spring red-crowned cranes begin
building their nests, then lay eggs and
raise their young.
Migratory whooper swans come to
Lake Akkeshi in mid-October.
Encounters with Ezo deer are common.
Lake Akkeshi is a brackish lake where freshwater and seawater mix.
The fisheries industry thrives thanks to the rich variety of marine products.
Delicious oysters are the product of both
nature's bounty and the care and wisdom
of the producers.
People enjoy clamming for littleneck clams
on the shores of Lake Akkeshi.
Pastureland stretches as far as the eye can
see. The milk, cheese, and other dairy
products are truly delectable.
Kenten Co., Ltd.
2-109 Miyazono, Akkeshi-cho, Akkeshi-gun, Hokkaido 088-1124