Owning multiple distilleries enables us to produce various types of malts with unique characteristics.
The variety of whiskies we can achieve by blending these malts is unlimited.

Learning the essence of blending in Scotland, Masataka Taketsuru aimed to produce soft malt whisky like Lowlands in contrast to the Yoichi malt, which is strong like Highlands. He embodied his ideals by building the Miyagikyo distillery.

The climate in Miyagikyo is cool and mild. The distillery is in a mountainous area in the north of the mainland, and located at the junction of two clean rivers, the Hirose river and Nikkawa river.

When constructing the distillery, Masataka told not to cut down trees and use the natural landscape as it is.
Therefore, the paths in the distillery wind through the trees and all the 40 buildings in the sight are built on different height levels in order to preserve the original landscape.

Distillery Requests for visitors

  • 1.Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages if you have come by car or bicycle, if you are a minor, if you are an expecting mother or nursing. Please do not put your mouth on the glassware.
  • 2.Whisky tasting is limited to a glass per brand per person. Please drink responsibly.
  • 3.Please refrain from bringing in food and drinks.
  • 4.Please refrain from bringing in pets.
    Assistance dogs for the disabled are excepted.
  • 5.Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas.
  • 6.Please refrain from asking questions or taking photos of our employees out of personal interest.
  • 7.Please refrain from interfering our operation or disturbing other visitors.

Guided 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

Tour fee:
Nikka 1, Aoba, Sendai City, Miyagi 989-3433

Contact Us

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

Tour type

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 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.

Legal drinking age in Japan is 20 year old.
Drink driving is prohibited by law.
Women should not drink alcohol beverages during pregnancy and breast feeding.
Please drink responsibly and recycle after drinking.


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