18:18 Sendai StationCatch a Senzan Line train to arrive at Yamadera Station at 9:13.Train53 min.
29:13 Yamadera StationWalk10 min.
39:30 YamaderaWalk 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 lunchTry handmade country soba noodles at one of the restaurants in Yamadera Town near the river.Walk10 min.
513:16 Yamadera StationTake the 13:16 train back towards Sendai to arrive at Sakunami Station at 13:37.Train21 min.
613:37 Sakunami StationOn 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 DistilleryTake 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 OnsenTake 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.
Whisky, Hot Springs, & Mountain Temples
Journey west to Sakunami Onsen and the Yamadera mountain temple complex