Access to the miyagikyo Distillery Short Film from Miyagikyo Distillery

<Notice of Distillery Tours>

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented some restrictions on the distillery tours.
We appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation.

  • ・Customers coming from areas where the government’s State of Emergency has been declared are not allowed to enter the distillery including the distillery shop until the declaration is lifted.
  • ・Please make your reservation in advance to attend the guided distillery tour. Customers without reservation may not be able to tour.
  • ・Reservation availability and number of guests allowed in the distillery will be restricted.
  • ・The paid bar is open under restrictions.
  • ・Our staff members will follow health and safety measures such as wearing masks in an effort to prevent infection.
  • ・Visitors will also be asked to follow health and safety measures such as wearing a mask and taking temperature upon arrival.
  • ・Please note that the distillery tour may be suspended again if the spread of COVID-19 infection reaccelerates. We will announce through this website in such case.

Thank you for your kind understanding.

At latitude 38.3°N
A beautiful glen in the northern mountains
the destination after pursuing an ideal location

Masataka aimed to make his blend more complex by widening the variety of whiskies. In 1967 he was exploring the northern part of the main island to find another ideal site for his second distillery. He came across a beautiful foggy glen surrounded by mountains and at a junction of two clean rivers. Once he tried the water from one of the rivers, which is now the water source, he was so impressed and immediately decided to build a distillery there. The name of the river was Nikkawa river by coincidence.


Malt whiskies reflecting different distillation methods

Masataka aimed to develop a complete contrast between Yoichi Distillery and Miyagikyo Distillery. Along with the different terroir, the different distillation method of Miyagikyo creates distinctive malt whiskies. Miyagikyo’s pot stills are much larger than those at Yoichi with different shapes such as a bulge neck and ascending lyne-arm. These pot stills are heated by indirect steam at a much lower temperature that allows slower distillation. This distillation method results in soft and floral characteristics in Miyagikyo Single Malt.


Grain whisky distilled in Coffey Stills

Miyagikyo Distillery produces grain whisky as well as malt whisky. The quality of grain whisky was one of the critical elements for Masataka’s ideal blending.


The Coffey Still is a very traditional type of a continuous still, which was invented by Mr. Aeneas Coffey in 1830. Masataka became familiar with the Coffey Still during his time at Bo’ness in Scotland and imported the first set in 1963. Despite its old-fashioned structure and inefficiency, he valued the feature of the Coffey Still, which retains more flavors originating from the grain itself. Today Nikka owns two sets of Coffey Stills, both operating within the Miyagikyo Distillery. Coffey-distilled whiskies and spirits are highly reputed in the world.
*The Coffey Stills were first installed at the Nishinomiya plant and later transferred to Miyagikyo Distillery in 1999.

Access to the Miyagikyo Distillery

Opening hours
Distillery Tours:9:00am-3:00pm
Souvenir Shop:9:15am-4:30pm(last admission 4:15pm)
Closed over the New Year’s holiday and during distillery shutdowns.
*Some of which are not scheduled in advance.

Summer Holiday for 2022
New Year’s Holiday for 2022 - 2023
Sunday,January 1,2023- Saturday, January 7, 2023.

For inquiries and reservations

TEL/+81 (0)22-395-2865 (9:00am-4:30pm)    FAX/+81 (0)22-395-2305

There is a possibility the tour may be cancelled due to bad weather. During mid-winter some facilities cannot be observed. The route of guided tours will also be changed accordingly. English, Chinese and Korean head-sets are available. Please contact us for further information.


Nikka 1, Aoba, Sendai City, Miyagi 989-3433


Free shuttle bus information

On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays,
a shuttle bus runs from JR Sakunami Station to the Miyagikyo Distillery.
[About a 7 minute ride]

Operation days

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

※When the bus reaches full capacity, it will return to pick up the remaining customers. Please wait a little.

Sakunami Sta.
- Miyagikyo Distillery
Miyagikyo Distillery
- Sakunami Sta.
8 8:59
9 9:47 9:20
10 10:53 10:00
11 11:10
12 12:01 / 12:59 12:20
13 13:43 13:20
14 14:42 14:20
15 *15:45 15:20
16 16:10 / 16:35

*the 15:45 service will not arrive in time for the last tour of the day.
The shuttle bus will be waiting at JR Sakunami Station in correlation to the JR train timetable.
Subject to change depending on the operation status of the JR Senzan Line schedule.

Requests for visitors

For sanitary reasons, please refrain from bringing in food and drinks. Pets are not permitted inside the distillery property. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages if you have come by car or bicycle. Smoking is not allowed except in the designated smoking areas.


About tour

Is it expensive to tour the distillery?

Distillery tour is free.

Can I taste whisky?

Yes. There is one type of whisky available for tastings. You can taste one serve.
However, whisky tasting is not available for those who drive a car or motorcycle, those who come by bicycle, those under the age of 20, and those who are pregnant or nursing.
Soft drinks are available.

Do you have paid tastings?

The paid tastings are available under restrictions. You can taste three serves.

Can I attend paid seminars?

Yes. Paid seminers are available.

Can I visit it individually?

Yes. We welcome individual customers.

How many people can book a tour? Is it possible for one person?

Yes. We accept tours from one person.

Can my children visit together?

Yes. Guests with children can also participate. We offer soft drinks for those under 20 years old.

Can I take photos and videos during the tour?

Please refrain from video recording during guided tours. You can take photos, except for the main control room.

When is the museum closed?

It is closed during the year-end and New Year holidays. For more information, please contact the distillery directly.

Is it possible to visit many times on the same day?

Unfortunately we only allow one tour per person, per day.

Is it possible to visit with a stroller?

Yes. We also have strollers available for rental.

Is it possible to tour in English?

Unfortunately, our guided tours are in Japanese only.
For overseas customers, an audio guide device is available upon request at the reception (English / Chinese / Korean). Please listen to this device as you follow the guided tour. Please note that the number of devices is limited.
Alternatively, you can download the free audio guide app on your smartphone, which will have the same contents as the audio guide device.
For more information, please read the QR code or enter in your browser to access our distillery website.

Is there a place to download the voice guide app?

FREE Wi-Fi is available at the Visitor Center.

What languages does the voice guide app support?

English, Chinese (Simplified) and Korean.

Can I tour with a wheelchair?

Yes. We also have wheelchairs available for rental.

Can I leave my luggages?

Yes. Coin lockers are available at the entrance of the Visitor Center. Please note that lockers are free, but a 100 yen coin is required when locking the door. The coin will return upon re-opening the locker.
Larger luggages can be kept at reception.

About reservation

Do I need to make a reservation to tour the distillery? Can I tour without making a reservation?

Our tours are by reservation only.
However, guests without reservation can join tours in order of their arrival if there is vacancy in the reservation.

Can I make a reservation on the day?

Unfortunately, We do not take reservations on the day.

What should I do if the number of people changes?

Please contact us by phone.

What should I do to cancel a reservation? How long can I cancel?

Please contact us in advance. Cancellation by phone will be accepted until the day of the tour, but please contact us as soon as possible.

What telephone number is?

Phone:+81 (0)22-395-2865

What is the telephone reception time?

From 9 am to 4:15 pm.

How long can I book before?

We accept reservations from 15 days in advance.

About visit

How do I get to the distillery?

Train Approximately 30 minutes on foot from Sakunami Station (JR Senzan Line) to the distillery entrance.
Bus From Sendai Stastion, Sendai Municipal Bus bound for Sakunami Onsen. About 60 minutes on foot from Nikkabashi bus stop.
Car From Tohoku Expressway "Sendai-Miyagi Interchange" about 25 minutes on Route 48 towards Yamagata.
Taxi There are no taxis at Sakunami Station. We recommend that you get off at JR Ayashi Station and where there is a taxi rank. About a 20 minute ride.

*Approximately a 10 minute walk from the distillery entrance to reception.

On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, a shuttle bus runs from JR Sakunami Station to Miyagikyo Distillery. Return buses are also available. Approximately a 7 minute ride.

Is there a parking lot?

Yes, we have parking lots available for visitors.
However, whisky tasting is not available for those who drive a car or motorcycle, those who come by bicycle, those under the age of 20, and those who are pregnant or nursing. Soft drinks are available.

Do you have a shuttle bus?

On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, a shuttle bus runs from JR Sakunami Station to Miyagikyo Distillery. Return buses are also available. Approximately a 7 minute ride. Please see the Shuttle bus page for details.

Is there a smoking area?

Currently, smoking areas are prohibited to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Can I go by bicycle?

Yes, however drink driving is prohibited by law. There is no alcohol tolerrance in Japan and this also applies for bicycles. Please use public transport if you wish to taste whiskies.

Can I bring my pet?

Please refrain from bringing pets due to food safety and sanitation reasons.
However, this does not apply to assistive dogs for the disabled.

Can I bring lunch and snacks?

For food safety and sanitation reasons, please refrain from bringing in food.

Can I use only the shop?

Yes. We have a shop which offers products and souvenirs.
Please note that guests visiting only the souvenir shop may be asked to wait or may be not be allowed entry depending on the situation.
[Business hours] From 9:00 to 16:30


Do you have eating facilities?

There are no eating and drinking facilities.