The Yonezawa family, also founder of Akashi-Tai Sake, began to distill Shochu in 1917. In 2017 the company was profoundly renewed by replacing the old column alembic with a twin-pot still produced by the famous Forsyth's in Scotland, a historic manufacturer of stills. The name Kaikyo derives from the famous Akashi-Kaikyo bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world, which connects the city of Kobe to the Awaji island passing above the Akashi strait. Although single malts distilled from the new still are not yet ready we can in the meantime taste the Hatokazi line, dedicated to the ancient lighthouse of the port of Akashi that has been guiding ships since 1620.
The distillery also recently put into production a line of Gin that will soon be available in Italy.