Malt whisky distillery
Subtle and yet powerful, Japanese whisky has received numerous awards both domestically and internationally, achieving great popularity worldwide. The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery in Osaka prefecture, is the first malt whisky distillery in all of Japan, dating back to 1923, when it was started the history of Japanese whisky by Suntory Holdings founder Torii Shinjiro. Yamazaki became famous for its spring water as early as the time period when tea master Sen no Rikyu was building his tea houses. This unique region, where the Uji, Kizu and Katsura Rivers converge, produces a climate with a perfect amount of moisture—a factor that combines with the superior quality of water to create ideal conditions for whisky production.
Whisky creation at the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is known for its numerous differentiations of its unblended malt whisky that occur throughout all levels of production, in a way that is rarely seen elsewhere in the world. This includes the utilization of both wooden and stainless steel washbacks during the fermentation process; using distillation pots in varying sizes and shapes during the distillation process; and employing numerous types of barrels during the aging process.
Some wineries in the area are over 100 years old, and produce wines made exclusively from locally-harvested grapes.
More than 100 billion packages of instant ramen are consumed worldwide today. The food is said to have had its humble beginnings in Ikeda City, Osaka prefecture, in a small backyard shed behind the home of Nissin Foods’ founder Andō Momofuku.
Traditional Osaka vegetables
The Kansai region is still home to many ancient ingredients and traditional dishes that can be said to be the origin of Japanese food culture, and the most famous ingredients that originated in here are traditional Osaka vegetables.