Near Miyagi


Whisky, Hot Springs, & Mountain Temples

Journey west to Sakunami Onsen and the Yamadera mountain temple complex

Explore the picturesque mountain temples of Yamadera and stay overnight in Sakunami Onsen, known for its impressive hot spring baths with river views. Along the way, stop at one of Japan's leading whisky distilleries for a tour and tasting.

  • Start
  • 18:18 Sendai Station

    Catch a Senzan Line train to arrive at Yamadera Station at 9:13.
    Train53 min.

    29:13 Yamadera Station

    Walk10 min.

    39:30 Yamadera

    Walk from the station through the quaint town, then climb to the top of the Yamadera temple complex. The climb takes about 90 minutes round-trip. Stop along the way for a snack of konnyaku with a touch of spicy mustard.

    411:30 soba lunch

    Try handmade country soba noodles at one of the restaurants in Yamadera Town near the river.
    Walk10 min.

    513:16 Yamadera Station

    Take the 13:16 train back towards Sendai to arrive at Sakunami Station at 13:37.
    Train21 min.

    613:37 Sakunami Station

    On weekends, there is a free shuttle bus from Sakunami Station to Nikka Whisky Miyagikyo Distillery. On other days, you can walk to the distillery, which takes about 30 minutes, or catch a taxi.
    Taxi6 min.

    7Nikka Whisky Miyagikyo Distillery

    Take part in a 70-minute distillery tour with a free whisky tasting at the end. Find distillery-only whiskies at the gift shop and try rare varieties at the tasting corner.
    Taxi10 min.

    8Stay overnight in Sakunami Onsen

    Take a taxi to an onsen hotel in Sakunami, like Sakunami Ichinobo. Relax in the hot spring baths and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel.
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