Top 7 Japanese Gin Brands to Try

Japan is a fascinating and beautiful country with stunning scenery and aesthetics and a highly efficient culture. Japan’s culinary culture is world-renowned for its high quality, high-tech methodology, and gorgeous presentation. 

Japanese gin from Japan distiller Suntory on shelf

Not only will you find the freshest fish for sushi and sashimi, but you’ll also find a rich drinking culture to pair with it.

While you might associate Japanese drinks with sake, matcha, and whisky, Japanese gin is a lesser-known treasure trove. Read on to discover the best brands of Japanese gin. 


Japanese gin offers a unique and exotic flavor profile for Western palates, featuring local botanicals and advanced methods for extracting their flavors.

After sipping your way through my list, I’d love to hear your opinions on the different Japanese gins I’ve listed in the comments below.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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