5000 yen (special monitor price) (approx. $46 USD)
October 19, 2019
(Open to international residents and Japanese locals interested in international exchange)
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
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.