MIYAGIKYO Distillery

The location was selected for whisky production because of its clean air, just the right humidity for storage, and abundant underground water filtered through a layer of peat. In Yoichi, Masataka Taketsuru saw numerous reminders of Scotland, and this convinced him that this should be the home of Japanese Whisky.

The Miyagikyo Distillery is also in northern Japan, in Sendai (lat.38 N), Miyagi Prefecture, northern Honshu. Travelling in the area one day, Masataka came upon this site completely enclosed by mountains and sandwiched between two rivers. He immediately knew that this was the perfect site for whisky distilling. Sendai's fresh water, suitable humidity and crisp air produce soft and mild malt.


Miyagiken Sendaishi Aoba Nikka 1 Japan

Phone : +81 22 395 2865 Fax : +81 22 395 2305

Holiday : Sunday, December 23, 2018 ~ Monday, January 7, 2019.

MIYAGIKYO Distillery Tours

In the hopes of introducing more people to the wonders of whisky, Miyagikyo Distillery offers tours of its facility to interested members of the public.We are sure you will enjoy this opportunity to see how Nikka Whisky is created in this beautiful natural setting.

Guided distillery tours

On the guided tour of the Miyagikyo distillery, a Japanese-speaking Nikka representative will kindly introduce you to the whisky manufacturing process, the history of Nikka Whisky and more..

Guided distillery tours

Guided tour hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tours are conducted every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • No English guided tours are available.
  • The final tour of the day begins at 3:30 p.m.


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

Tour fee



  • You can taste three brands of our products.Tasting is limited to one glass per each brand.
  • The law prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol. Visitors arriving by car or bicycle, minors, and pregnant or nursing mothers are asked to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages. Soft drinks will be available.
  • Some portions of the tours are outdoor. On rainy days, please bring your own rain gear.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use (free of charge). Please call/fax in advance to reserve one if required.


  • Because this is a factory that produces beverages for consumption, for sanitary reasons we ask that you refrain from bringing in food or pets. However, assistance dogs accompanying disabled persons are permitted.
  • Smoking is prohibited on the distillery grounds, except in designated areas.
  • Some portions of the tours are outdoor. On rainy days, please bring your own rain gear.
  • To reduce the burden on the environment, visitors arriving by car are requested to refrain from idling their engines and turn them off while parked.
Distillery Photo Gallery