Chichibu Distillery was established by Ichiro Akuto in 2007 and commenced distilling in March 2008. The distillery is situated north-west of Chichibu city close to the Arakawa River on the main island of Honsh? and resting at an altitude of 240 meters in the foothills of the Chichibu Mountains. Chichibu Distillery is a very wee malt whisky distillery equipped with five small Japanese oak washbacks and just two small stills. Spirit is filled into a range of casks including Japanese Oak (Quercus mongolica) and matured in warehouses at the distillery. There are plans to malt Japanese barley on Chichibu’s own malting floors, to use local peat in the kiln furnace and a bottling plant at the distillery is planned. Chichibu Distillery released its very first whisky named Chichibu The First in October 2011.