Hakushu Distillery is located in the former town of Hakushu, now a part of Hokuto, in the Yamanashi Prefecture, on the slopes of Mount Kaikoma. Hakushu Distillery was built as a second distillery of Suntory, the first being Yamazaki. Their aim was to create a variety of malt Whiskies. Hakushu, meaning "white sandbar" reflects the geological character of the site. Hakushu takes its water from mountains through Ojira River, which is considered to be one of the 100 exceptional water resources of Japan. They use wooden washbacks and own varying sizes of different pot stills, which are direct fired. Hakushu generally uses Hogshead style barrels for aging.