October 19, 2019

Autumn in Izunuma: Shiitake picking, ‘Imoni’ hot-pot & bird-watching

Bilingual bus trip (return) to the Miyagi countryside for a day of Autumn 'foodie' culture and nature!


This bilingual bus tour will take you from the bustling city of Sendai to the serene countryside of Izunuma in northern Miyagi Prefecture! 

As Autumn is the best time to enjoy the harvest of the surrounding farms, the focus of this trip will be all about fresh, delicious FOOD! Start the experience at a local farm where you will get the chance to hand pick your own bag of huge shiitake mushrooms! Take them back to the Izunuma fresh produce centre and learn how to make the local specialty ‘Imoni’ hot-pot and ‘Hatto-jiru’ soup at a cooking class with some friendly local ‘okaasan’ (mothers). After eating your way into a vegetable coma, explore the picturesque countryside on a guided walk through the rice-fields, keeping an eye out for the flocks of migratory birds that make Izunuma their home during the late Autumn/Winter months! 

The bus will take you back to Sendai City! However, if you’d like to extend your experience, you can also opt to stay overnight at a farm-stay* and continue the local experience adventure the next day! More information HERE

*Can accommodate up to three female participants at homestay.


09:15  Gather at JR Sendai Station East Exit

10:30 Experience farm tourism: shiitake mushroom harvesting experience 

11:00  Cooking class of ‘Imoni’ hot pot and ‘Hatto-jiru’ soup at Izunuma local produce market (vegetarian/ vegan friendly) 

12:00 Eat lunch together

12:50 Visit the wildlife sanctuary center to learn about the unique ecosystem of the Izunuma area

13:20 Guided walk through rice-fields / Migratory bird watching

14:50 Shopping time at Izunuma local produce market

15:30 Depart Izunuma 

16:45 Tour ends at JR Sendai Station East Exit

What’s Included

> Bus fare to/from Sendai Station
> Shiitake mushroom picking
> Imoni hot-pot cooking class
> Guided nature walk
> English speaking guide

Not included

> Any additional meals and drinks
> Anything not included in the above included list.

Meeting place



Meet at JR Sendai Station East Exit bus pool.


Visit a local farm and hand-pick your own bag of delicious shiitake mushrooms, straight from the plantation! 


Return to Izunuma local produce centre and learn how to make local specialties ‘Imoni’ hot-pot and ‘Hatto-jiru’ soup, using your freshly picked mushrooms and other local vegetables/ingredients (vegetarian/vegan friendly)! Chat with the local ‘Okaasan’ (mothers) and learn about the local culture. 



Enjoy eating a tasty and healthy lunch together!


Visit the informative wildlife sanctuary centre to learn more about the unique ecosystem of the Izunuma area. 


Take a guided walk through the surrounding rice fields and countryside. 

Keep an eye out for migratory birds that flock to the area during the Autumn/Winter months to escape the harsh Winter of Siberia. 


Finish up with a spot of shopping for some fresh produce at the Izunuma local produce centre farmer’s market! 


Depart Izunuma area


Tour ends back at Sendai Station East Exit bus pool. 


Sendai Station
10-15 persons
(Open to international residents and Japanese locals interested in international exchange)
5000 yen (special monitor price) (※approx. $46 USD)
Sign-up Deadline
Please sign up through the calendar below by October 16th
Cancellation Policy
Up to three days prior, no cancellation fee.
Two days prior: 20%
Day before: 30%
On the day: 100%
If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.


Basic Plan

Price 5000 yen (special monitor price) (approx. $46 USD)

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