Leisurely stay at Sakunami Onsen. One-day trip by car.

About 40 minutes from the center of Sendai by car. Sakunami Onsen is located in a narrow valley along the clear limpid stream of Hirose River. In addition to the hot spring at a hot spring resort hotel, we’d like to introduce a beautiful view of a waterfall in the majesty of nature, a whiskey factory tour, delicious odango, and other spots to stop by in the area.

Casually enjoy the open-air onsen at the source of Hirose River and an unparalleled view from there on a one-day trip.

A relaxing hot spring resort which unwinds the mind and body. The main Hirose River Source Open-air Bath is in a splendid setting close to a limpid stream which looks as if you can directly touch it. In addition, there are different style baths such as Deer-watching Bed Bath and Nature Bath. With the hot springs from 3 sources and 8 types of baths, guests can enjoy hot springs they like.

Yuzukushi salon Ichinobo
3, Aza-nagahara, Sakunami, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Open: 10:00 - 15:00 (Reception till 13:00)
Closed: Open throughout the year
Charge: 1,500 yen (weekdays), 2,000 yen (Sat., Sun, national holidays)

Join a tour at the nature-rich distillery in the depths of mountains.

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, built the Miyagikyo Distillery in a tranquil, lush green gorge. You can enjoy a distillery tour guided by expert staff. Not just the production processes of whisky, but also the tasteful buildings are guided carefully. After the 40-minute tour, you can taste 3 kinds of whisky. You can also purchase Nikka Whisky bottles at the annexed gift shop.

Miyagikyo Distillery of Nikka Whisky
1, Nikka, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Tours provided during: 9:00 - 11:30, 12:30 - 15:30
Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays (There may be temporary closure.)
Charge: Free

Beautiful scenery and sound of water are unified in the best location.

At the upper stream of Hirose River, various shapes and sizes of falls appear, and each of them plays a unique sound of water, and heals the people who watch them. It is considered the beautiful sound of water from the falls resembles the song of the legendary phoenix bird, and it is called Homei (songs of phoenix) forty-eight falls. Falls flow among the trees, and there is Mt. Kamakura, which looks like an inverted pot, behind them. You will hold your breath with the formative art which unifies beautiful scenery and the sound of water.

Homei forty-eight falls
Aza-bomeki, Sakunami, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL:022-395-2052 (Sendai City Sakunami-teigichiku Tourist Information)
Open: You can enter freely.

Many kinds of simple Japanese-style confection that maximize the taste of each material are displayed.

Sakunami shop of the long-established Japanese-style confectionery, Tsutsumiya. The tastes of its specialties, Kushidango (sweet rice balls on a skewer) and Tsutsumiage (a fried bun with a bean-jam filling), both made of only natural material, are simple and tasty. There are 5 kinds of sweet rice balls: Zunda (sweet edamame paste), Walnut, Soy sauce, Sesame, and Bean jam. The crispy texture of Tsutsumiage is addictive. All items can be taken out, and there is an eat-in space to casually taste them.

Tsutsumiya Sakunami shop
32-7, Aza-ainosawa, Sakunami, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Open: 08:30 - 18:00
Closed: Only on New Year's Day