Miyagi | 8.5h
Get Refreshed in and out, Whisky & Hot Springs in Sakunami!
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Visit a Japanese whisky distillery and relax in "Onsen", a hot spring

An hour away from the center of Sendai, Miyagi, Sakunami Onsen Village is surrounded by greenery and crystal clear streams.
It’s been said that since the 1200s, samurais soaked in the onsens to heal their battle fatigue. Watching the clear streams while taking an outdoor bath will release all the stress from your trip. Don't worry, if you are not fond of onsens, there are also ”footbaths”.
Sakunami is also known for whisky: visit the distillery, taste the whisky, and trace the founder's passion.
The area is famous for Sakunami “Kokeshi” (a traditional folk art doll), locally loved sweet shops, and rich forests that spread throughout the tour.
Refresh in a tour full of majestic nature.

Highlights

・There is a lot to see and do at the Japanese Nikka Whisky distillery! Otomo guides will take care of the translation, so just be careful not to drink too much delicious whisky.
・Enjoy different types of onsens at Iwamatsu Ryokan, a traditional hot spring inn. You can also choose to take a footbath at the Sightseeing community house “La Santa”.
・At the Japanese traditional folk art Kokeshi workshop, not only can you see the cute kokeshi dolls, but you can also appreciate the craftsmanship.

Attractions

・Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory, Miyagikyo Distillery: Visit the world famous Nikka Whisky Distillery! Trace the founder's passion put into making whisky while touring the vast distillery and taste the delicious whisky at the end of the tour. The rich natural environment gives a unique taste that no other whiskies can copy.
・Sightseeing community house "La Santa: A community house that displays and sells local specialities. There is also an Italian cafe where you can grab drinks on your way out. There are even soothing footbaths where you can relax and get refreshed.
・Hiraga Kokeshi shop: A local workshop that inherits Sakunami Kokeshi's manufacturing method. A kind face and uniquely shaped Kokeshi will amuse you for sure. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the talented craftsman working as well!
・Yosenkaku Iwamatsu Ryokan: One of the best onsens in Sakunami. You can stare at the crystal clear stream running in front of you while enjoying a Japanese traditional Rotenburo, an outdoor bath. You can feel a part of nature and spend a relaxing and luxurious time in the onsen.
・Yugami shrine: A very rare shrine dedicated to the God of hot springs. This shrine is often visited by women who want keep their beauty by soaking in an onsen. You too, can visit the natural onsens inside the precincts of this shrine!
・Tsutsumiya (Tsutsumu means wrapping an item; this shop wraps “flavours” that bring happiness): Here you will find Sendai's famous confection Zunda-mochi - pounded sticky rice cake with a tasty edamame paste filling, and other simple Japanese sweets. Drop in for a short break and satisfy your sweet tooth. A perfect way to pass the time if you need to wait for someone or for the train.

Notes

・Please wear comfortable clothing as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・Please bring a towel to dry off after using the footbath or onsen.
・Please be aware that Iwamatsu Ryokan cannot be accessed by wheelchairs. The guide may take you to another venue, if this is the case.

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 3,000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

At the information desk, outside the Central Exit, Sendai station

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