After a few straight days of skiing, Rob gave me a break (the snow took a break too.) and we covered some ground northward following a lazy morning around the nice michi-no-ekki. This one had a great food market and a footbath in addition to a store akin to a Japanese Barnes and Noble. We had fun shopping and soaking our feet. A Japanese man who joined us in the footbath took pictures with Rob then posted them on his Facebook.
The one stop of the day was the Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery. We took the free Japanese tour and tried two of their cheaper whiskeys and apple wine. Rob agreed with the trip advisor review of good tour, terrible whiskey. Turns out they didn’t have any agreed single malts to sell. Someone else noted this too. While another person said they have a limited selection and they are purchased early in the day. They do have some on the paid tasting bar if you want to sample the good stuff.