October 19-20, 2019

Farmstay and Japanese ‘moonshine sake’ making!

Eat, drink, experience: stay with a local family and enjoy cooking, bird-watching and sake making experiences!


How much local experience can you fit into 24 hours? Challenge accepted! 

Stay overnight with a local farming family at their home in northern Miyagi Prefecture. Get to know your host family as you prepare dinner and learn how to make local dishes before eating them together! 

Wake up early the next morning and head to Lake Izunuma to see the famous morning flight of white-fronted geese! The lake becomes home to thousands of migratory birds during the Autumn and Winter months, attracting bird watchers and photographers from all over Japan hoping to catch the moment they all take flight together. 

After a healthy home-cooked breakfast, head to a local pottery workshop to make your own sake cup! You’ll be needing some sake to drink from it, though, so you might as well hang around and learn how to make ‘doburoku’, Japanese ‘mooshine’ or unrefined sake! 



What’s Included

> Overnight farmstay (including dinner and breakfast)
> Moonshine making experience
> Pottery experience

Not included

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

Meeting place



Meet at the Izunuma Local Produce Centre where your homestay family will be waiting to pick you up. 


Prepare dinner and learn how to make traditional home-style cooking before eating it with your family! 


Wake up early and head to Lake Izunuma to watch the famous morning flight of migratory birds!


Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea to warm up!


Take a workshop in how to make Japanese ‘moonshine’ or ‘Doburoku’ – unrefined sake! 


You’ll be needing something to drink the sake from, so next head to a local pottery workshop to make your own sake cup!! 

Both your ‘moonshine’ sake and sake cup will be ready in about 3-4 weeks time! Leave your details so they can be sent to you and remind you of your 24 hours of local experience in Izunuma!


Return to Sendai by car. 


Tour ends at Sendai Station 


Izunuma local produce centre
17:00-12:00 (next day)
3 persons (female)
5000 JPY (monitor price) (※approx. $46)
Sign-up Deadline
Please sign up by October 19th
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 JPY (monitor price) (approx. $46)

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