Japanese Gin List

One of the most exciting spirit trends in recent years is the emergence of Japanese gins.

With their renowned approach to craft and attention to detail, and building on the reputation of their whisky, these gin expressions offer a high quality drinking experience.

Some are creations of Sake or Shōchū houses, breweries or whisky producers, so the approaches are quite different making for a nice diversity. But in my experience they all create some of the most refined gins I’ve encountered.

They might be labelled contemporary style gins for their use of botanicals not found in traditional London Dry style gins, which makes them all the more exciting. Using botanicals like sakura flower, sakura leaf, yuzu peel, sencha tea, gyokuro tea,  sansho pepper, or yellow yuzu, bamboo, gyokuro tea, ginger, and hinoki wood to name a few s on a range of spirit bases, making for a unique flavour profile for each release.

The growth of the industry in recent years as been phenomenal with some 600% growth, exporting over 1.4 million litres in 2017. Many of these brands have only emerged in the last three years or so, but the makers in many instances draw on decades or longer experience in sake or other traditional processes.

So here’s a list of current gin labels, and if I’ve missed one, please let me know.

Note, there may be a few versions of the gin for some of these.

We also have some in-depth reviews on the website, and there are links to those where we’ve covered the release, or link to the makers own website or facebook page where possible, note some of these might in Japanese or a bit obscure as they don’t always highlight their gin releases compared to their ‘core business’.

Updated 15 November 2021

  1. 9148 Gin
  2. Akayane Green Craft Gin
  3. Akita Craft Gin 
  4. Alchemiae Gin
  5. Awa Gin
  6. Etsu Handcrafted Gin
  7. Gin Orange
  8. Innake Gin
  9. Juju Gin
  10. Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin (read reviews here  + here)
  11. Kozue Gin
  12. Kokoro Dry Gin
  13. Komosa Craft Gin
  14. Koganei Craft Gin 
  15. Kumano Gin
  16. Kuro Gin
  17. Hokkaido Craft Gin
  18. Masahiro Okinawa Gin
  19. Mars Wa Bi Gin
  20. Mizuho Craft Gin
  21. Nikka Coffey Gin
  22. Pink Gin Za Japanese Craft Gin
  23. Roku Gin
  24. Sakaki Gin
  25. Sakurao Gin
  26. The Roar of Innaki Kinmokusei Gin
  27. Okayama Craft Gin
  28. Wa Bi Gin
  29. Yuzugin Gin

Where to buy

If you’re looking to purchase some, check out this specialist online store (note- I’ve not affiliation with this company). 

Plus Australian based Shop Ikigai here.