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Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery

1 Nikka, Aoba-ku, Sendai 989-3433, Miyagi Prefecture
+81 22-395-2865
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Great free tour if your love whisky

Free shuttle buses run to and from the near by train station! Well worth a visit if you're staying... read more

Reviewed January 29, 2018
Matt G
Great day out and tasting

The tour is in Japanese but they will provide a recording in English to follow along. The highlight... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2017
TomKXY
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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.
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1 Nikka, Aoba-ku, Sendai 989-3433, Miyagi Prefecture
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

Free shuttle buses run to and from the near by train station! Well worth a visit if you're staying in Sendai. The whisky is delicious and the tour has english audio.

1  Thank Matt G
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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

The tour is in Japanese but they will provide a recording in English to follow along. The highlight of the tour of course is the tastings! Shuttle from Sakunami station and 3 generous glasses of high quality Nikka Whisky are provided (along with non alcoholic...More

2  Thank TomKXY
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Reviewed June 30, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the Nikka Distillery. Getting there was easy. If you take the train from Sendai, be sure it is fast, direct train. On the weekends a shuttle bus is waiting to take you to the distillery. The tours are free...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

It took 45 minute from jr sendai station (sendai station to sakunami station) , at sakunami station they provides free shuttle bus (4min to distillery). Tour is free ( about 45-50min), after tour whiskey test (2type of whiskey and 1 type of apple wine). There...More

1  Thank Tar T
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Reviewed May 25, 2017

This location is NOT geared for foreign tourists (or certainly was not when I went). It's mildly interesting if you are keen on knowing more about the history of Japanese whiskey. The tasting at the end is of course popular! My favourite part was the...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2017

Not to easy to get to from Sendai, but a train ride and good walk will be worth it for the whisky fan. Tour is free, only in Japanse, but there is an English spoken device available. There is also a shop with a load...More

Thank Raimund L
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Reviewed February 8, 2017

Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery Access: We drove to the distillery from Utsunomiya after a brief stop in Yamagata. Parking was easy and access to the main tour building was very convenient. Tour Experience: During our visit, the tour was only offered in Japanese, which was expected...More

1  Thank Itzsteve
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Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful time there. Was just in time for the distillery tour. There was some whiskey tasting after the tour, but unfortunately couldn't participate.

1  Thank Kathy S
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Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

It help me understand Japanese whisky. But it's not easy to get there. I drove a rent car. It took 45 minutes from the Sendai station.

Thank Min Kyu J
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Reviewed June 13, 2016

I believe going to a whiskey distillery is a good distraction. Alcohol is made pretty much the same way whether you're making beer or whiskey. Our tour was in Japanese (I was with Japanese people btw) so I didn't really learn anything new or interesting...More

Thank Brenden P
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Ccsydney1
March 29, 2018|
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Response from うすけぼ | Property representative |
Thank you for contacting us. Shuttle bus is only on weekends, so please come by taxi from Aiko station (about 30 minutes), or come on foot from JR Sakanami station (about 30 minutes).
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Samuel W
February 27, 2018|
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Response from TomKXY | Reviewed this property |
No need to book. Tours go every 15 minutes so if it’s busy you may need to wait for the next one. If you attend as a small group you can usually join the next tour rather than having to wait.
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