Miyagikyo distillery

Founded in 1969 after some three years of searching the Miyagikyo Distillery is a stark contrast to the coastal Yoichi distillery being surrounded by the rolling hills and forests of the Miyagi region. Originally know as the Sendai distillery it now takes its name from the Miyagi Valley where the Nikkawa and Sendai rivers meet. Having been expanded twice the distillery has more than twice the production capacity of the first Nikka distillery, featuring four pot stills and most interestingly two Coffey stills made by Blairs Limited of Glasgow moved from the Nikka Nishinomiya bottling plant. These early Coffey stills are a form of the continuous distillation stills used for grain distillation for Nikka malts.

Miyagikyo factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Miyagikyo Nikka Miyagi Japan
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1969 - Present Malt Miyagikyo Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Nikka Whisky Distilling Co Nikka Whisky Distilling Co

Can I tour Miyagikyo?

Yes Miyagikyo distillery is tourable. On Trip Advisor the distillery has been rated as excellent by 120 of 310 tours to date. This gives Miyagikyo an overall rating of 4.0

Latest reviews

For Adults Which Like Nature, but Not Hiking! by Justin Sendai

This is the second of only two Nikka distilleries in Japan. For over half a century, the brick warehouses tucked away in the mountains of Sakunami have been slow-aging the good stuff. Enjoy a tour, shopping, samples, and whisky bar. The train ride there offers nice views as well.

Something Different and a Wee Dram for the Cold :) by David C

So after a bus ride we had a nice little visit to the Distillery, very interesting to hear the history and story of it all.We had a lovely tour guide and which was in English and Japanesse and they gave us a few drams to try at the end.Certainley worth while going to pass an hour or so but wouldn't be in a hurry to return tbhI prefer the Irish to the scotch so sorry :)

A Lovely and Calm Trip Out Away From Hustle and Bustle! Lovely Place. by Markaz

Went here for a trip to get away from the city hustle and bustle. A very calm and peaceful place. When you get off the train at weekends there is a free shuttle service bus waiting for you that takes you to the door. And back again afterwards. So organised!! You pay for the tour and get an English speaking headset provided. You are taken round various parts of the site and it's all very interesting. They have a tasting session and a gift shop which was also brilliant. Warning - you won't get this at the Tokyo airports when you leave and they are too big for hand luggage - more than 100ml allowance so either buy small ones or put it in your case at high risk of breakage. I can tell you I have bought a bottle of Nikka Whisky in the UK since being back so don't worry about it. Great day out. Great experience.

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Excellent 120
Very good 150
Average 33
Poor 3
Terrible 4