Hombo Shuzo and they are in Kagoshima as well they also have a small distillery in Nagano, the distillery is typically referenced as "Mars". This will be entering the US market with an entry level as well as there 3 plus 25 which one the best blended malt in the 2013 World whisky competition.
World's Best Blended Malt Whisky
Located 798 meters high in Miyada village, Shinshu distillery was founded in 1985 by Hombo Shuzo Ltd, producer of shochu since 1909. Shinshu’s whisky is distilled only during the harsh winters of the island, and is sold under the brand name “Mars Whisky” and “Komagatake”.
3 plus 25
This whisky indicates his age as 3+25 and not directly 28 years-old as it's in fact composed by a 3 years-old malt from Kagoshima that was then matured for 25 years at Shinshu distillery.