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Miyagikyo Whisky Distillery

ニッカウヰスキー宮城峡蒸溜所 | Nikka Whisky Miyagikyo Distillery

Japan's "Father of Whisky" founded Nikka's Sendai distillery

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Nikka Whisky Miyagikyo Distillery

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Justin Velgus

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    Last Update
    February 6, 2019

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  • Known as the “Father of Japanese Whisky,” Masataka Taketsuru (1894-1979) was the brains behind major whisky brand Nikka. He traveled to Scotland to study whisky-making, returning in 1920 armed with knowledge of the techniques necessary to develop the Japanese whisky industry. After working for a decade helping Suntory establish its whisky production, Masataka decided to go independent and began producing Nikka whisky at a distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido. However, the Japanese whisky being produced outside of Hokkaido was proving so popular that Masataka began searching for a site on the Japanese mainland offering pure water and a climate suitable for establishing a second Nikka distillery.

    In 1969, Nikka built Miyagikyo Distillery at the junction of two rivers in the picturesque mountains of Sakunami. Visitors can take a free seventy-minute tour of the facilities, giving visitors an overview of founder Masataka Taketsuru, the full Nikka product line, and the whisky production process. Guests will be able to view pot stills, Coffey stills, and the barrel aging warehouse, then enjoy a complimentary tasting.

    Tours are in Japanese; however, headsets provide information in English, Korean, and Chinese. Online or telephone reservations are recommended but not required.

    Serious whisky fans should sign up for a whisky tasting seminar (in Japanese only) and seek out the distillery-exclusive whiskies sold in the gift shop.

    Whiskies such as Blended Whisky Date (named after Sendai founder Date Masamune) and Single Malt Miyagikyo are unique to the Miyagikyo Distillery. They are difficult to find overseas, making them a must-have souvenir for someone special, yourself included!

    WEBSITEhttps://www.nikka.com/eng/distilleries/miyagikyo/

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ADDRESS

Nikka 1, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

By train: 45-min. walk from Sakunami Station (JR Senzan Line)

 

By free shuttle bus: from Sakunami Station (available weekends & holidays, schedule here).

 

By city bus: 60-min. ride from Sendai Station.

Board bus 840 bound for Sakunami Onsen (作並温泉) at Sendai Station. Alight at Nikka-bashi (ニッカ橋) bus stop. Bus departure schedule here.

ADMISSION

Distillery tour (1 tasting included) free; whisky tasting seminar 1,000 yen

CREDIT CARDS

Accepted

LANGUAGES

English (tour headsets available in Korean and Chinese as well)

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

Yes

HOURS

9:00–16:30 (Tours start every 30 min. from 9:00–11:30 & 12:30–15:30)

RESERVATION

For tour: recommended*

For tasting seminar: required*

*Can book online, by phone, or fax. Online reservations accepted up until 3 days before tour date.

CLOSED DAYS

Aug 23, New Year's holiday period (Dec 24–Jan 7), heavy snow days

PHONE

022-395-2865

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