Chichibu is situated around 100km north-west of Tokyo, on a small hill about half-an-hour’s drive from the center of Chichibu City. The area faces extreme weather conditions, very hot and humid summers, and -10 degrees Celcius winters. Chichibu was founded in 2004, and became operational by 2008 under Ichiro Akuto, who is the grandson of the founder of the closed distillery, Hanyu. After working at Suntory, Akuto decided to create a 100% Japanese Whisky brand, from the barley to the wood. A small portion of barley used in Chichibu is malted on site. But most of their non-peated barley comes from England and Germany, and their peated barley is imported from Scotland. Different cask types are used for maturing such as Sherry, Port Wine, Mizunara, Bourbon and even French Wine barrels.