Access to the miyagikyo Distillery

Notice of temporary suspension of distillery tour

In response to the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan,
The distillery tour will be suspended from February 22 (Saturday).
In addition, the retail store will be closed as well.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
We will inform you of the reopening schedule by our official web site.

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 9:00am-4:30pm
Closed over the New Year’s holiday and during distillery shutdowns.
*Some of which are not scheduled in advance.

Summer Holiday for 2020
Friday, August 21.
New Year’s Holiday for 2020 - 2021
Thursday, December 24, 2020 - Thursday, January 7, 2021.

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 from January 8th, 2020 to December 23rd, 2020

※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 / 16:40

*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 are two types of whiskies and an apple wine available for tastings. You can taste one serve of each product.
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?

Yes. The tasting bar offers a wide range of whiskies.

Can I attend paid seminars?

Various seminars are available on weekends and holidays. Please call us to make a reservation.
The seminar is in Japanese, however the tasting materials and videos are subtitled in English and Chinese.

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?

Tours will be available without reservation. Please be aware that the start time of the tour is every 30 minutes from 9:00 to 15:30 (except there will be no tour starting at 12:00). If you prefer a designated time, or if you have more than 10 people, please make a reservation by phone.

Can I make a reservation on the day?

Please come directly to reception if your group is less than 10 people. However, we recommend that you make a reservation by phone as soon as possible.

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 4:30 pm.

How long can I book before?

We accept reservations up to 3 months from the current month. Customers with a large group can make reservations up to one year in prior.

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?

There are two smoking areas on site, one at the back of the visitor center and the other next to the souvenir shop.

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.
[Business hours] From 9:00 to 16:30


Do you have eating facilities?

There are no eating and drinking facilities.