Hanyu is a closed Japanese malt distillery. Hanyu is a fine malt whisky in Scotch style. The market was still dominated by commercial blended whiskies at that time and not ready to accept such a premium malt whisky that caused it failure. Hanyu stopped production in 2000 and closed in 2004. The operation and stock of sake were sold. Mr. Ichiro, the heir of Akuto family and he then established his own distillery Chichibu.