18:18 Sendai StationTake Senzan Line to arrive at Yamadera Station at 9:13Train53 min.
29:13 Yamadera StationWalk10 min.
39:30 YamaderaWalk from the station through the pleasant town and then climb to the top of Yamadera. (1.5 hours round-trip). Stop along the way and try konnyaku balls with a touch of spicy mustard.
411:30 Soba LunchTry handmade country soba noodles at one of the restaurants in Yamadera near the riverWalk10 min.
51:16 Yamadera StationTake the 1:16 train back towards Sendai to arrive at Sakunami Station at 1:37Train21 min.
61:37 Sakunami StationOn weekends there is a free shuttle bus from Sakunami Station to Nikka Whisky Miyagikyo Distillery. At other times you can take a taxi or walk (<30 min.)Taxi<6 min.
7Nikka Whisky Miyagikyo DistilleryTake part in a distillery tour (70 min. on the half-hour with last tour at 3:30) with a sample of whisky at the end. Find distillery-only whiskies at the gift shop and try rare varieties at the tasting corner (fee).Taxi10 min.
8Stay at Sakunami OnsenTake a taxi to an onsen hotel in Sakunami, such as Sakunami Ichinobo. Relax in the hot springs baths and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel.
Whisky, Hot Springs and Mountains
Journey west from downtown Sendai to Sakunami Onsen and Yamadera