Everyday (except Sunday)

Attracxi: Sake, Seafood and Sea (Shiogama & Matsushima)

Explore the coastal gastronomic paradises of Shiogama and Matsushima.

Highlights

Just a stones throw from Sendai City lies the beautiful Matushima Bay area, boasting some of Japan’s most important cultural properties and gastronomic highlights! 

This privately chartered tour will take you on a hassle-free journey to explore all that the coast has to offer. 

Begin in Shiogama City – an area less known by international travelers but famous throughout Japan as one of the nations seafood capitals. Not only does Shiogama port boast the biggest catch of fresh tuna in Japan, the town is also home to the most sushi restaurants per capita – foodies will be in heaven! You will first see the seafood fresh off the boat at Nakaoroshi fish market, with the chance to sample your favourites as part of a make-it-yourself seafood bowl attraction on offer. Next you’ll head into town to explore some of the city’s cultural highlights, including the head Shinto Shrine in Tohoku, Shiogama-jinja, and Okama Shrine. Before sitting down to a lunch of fresh sushi, drop by local sake brewery ‘Urakasumi’ to taste some of their seasonal drops. 

Once you’ve filled your belly, roll back into the car and on to neighbouring Matsushima Bay, well known for being one of Japan’s top scenic views. Here you’ll have a chance to stretch your legs and take in the history of the area with visits to Godaido Temple and Entsuin Temple before taking in the sprawling bay views from Kanrantei tea house. 

It is common for visitors to Sendai to include a visit to Matsushima Bay during their stay. By choosing to explore by private taxi you can enjoy the freedom and flexibility of not worrying about train connections, as well as easy access to lesser known areas for a truly authentic local experience of Miyagi’s beautiful coastline. 

OUTLINE

09:20: Assemble at JR Sendai West Exit Taxi Pool

09:30: Leave Sendai Station by chartered vehicle

10:10: Shiogama Seafood Wholesale Market guided tour (20 minutes) – Select fresh seafood to enjoy as ‘nokkedon’ or for grilling, including rare items such as hoya, etc.

10:30: Leave Shiogama Seafood Wholesale Market

10:40: Shiogama Shrine and Urakasumi Sake Brewery guided tours and sake tasting; Okama Shrine and Shiogama shopping street food sampling (includes 2 samples) tour (80 minutes) – Shiogama Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan; Urakasumi Sake Brewery has a gorgeous old building that even survived the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

12:00: Sushi and Sake Lunch (45 minutes) – Shiogama has the most sushi restaurants per capita in Japan.

12:45: Leave for Matsushima by chartered verhicle

13:00: Matsushima and Entsuin Temple (30 minutes)

13:30: Leave Entsuin Temple

13:40: Kanrantei Tea House and Matsushima Museum and Matcha Tasting (20 minutes)

14:00: Leave for Sendai Station

14:30: Arrive at Sendai Station

What’s Included

> Private transport and driver, pick-up/drop-off at Sendai Station.
> Sake tasting at Urakasumi
> Local sushi lunch (including one drink)
> Entrance fee to Entsuin Temple and Kanrantei tea house
> Matcha set at Kanrantei
> Travel insurance

Not included

> English speaking guide (available for + 30000 JPY per group)
> Breakfast at nakaoroshi fish market (optional at own cost)
> Any additional meals and drinks
> Anything not included in the above included list

Meeting place

TOUR COURSE

09:20

Your private transport will be waiting to pick you up from  JR Sendai Station West Exit Taxi Pool.

***OPTIONAL: Private English speaking guide also available + 30000 JPY per group***

*Displayed tour price is per person in the case of 4 people. Smaller/larger group bookings available at alternative rates.
Please inquire to info@inoutbound.co.jp*

09:30

Depart Sendai Station.  

10:10

Visit Shiogama’s ‘Nakaoroshi’ wholesale fish market. Wander the stalls of fresh seafood, chat with the locals and maybe even watch as a giant tuna is cut-up in front of you! 

If you’re hungry, you can opt to try the ‘My Kaisendon’ experience: purchase a set of rice and miso soup and make a delicious seafood bowl with your favourite fresh toppings bought from the market stalls!

10:30

Depart from the fish market and head into Shiogama city area. 

10:40

Take a walk around the Shiogama City area and visit some local highlights, including the 2000 year old Shiogama Shrine, Okama Shrine, local shops and local sake brewery, Urakasumi! 

At Urakasumi, enjoy a tasting session of up to four varieties of seasonal sake. 

12:00

As well as landing the biggest catch of fresh tuna in Japan at its famous port, Shiogama City also boasts the most sushi restaurants per capita in Japan! If you are a sushi fan, you CANNOT leave Shiogama until you’ve tried the sushi. Lucky for you, this tour includes lunch at one of the local favourite sushi bars! 

 

12:45

Return to the car and head to the neighbouring Matsushima Bay area, famous as one of Japans top scenic views! 

13:00

Explore the Matsushima Bay waterfront area, including the ancient Godaido Temple the iconic symbol of the bay. 

13:30

Explore the beautiful gardens of Entsuin Temple.

 

13:45

Sit back and relax at the beautiful Kanrantei tea house with some freshly brewed matcha green tea and traditional sweets as you take in the view overlooking the bay. 

14:00

Head back to the car and depart for Sendai Station. 

14:30

Arrive  back to Sendai Station.

TOUR DETAILS

Where
JR Sendai Station (West Exit Taxi Pool)
Time
9:20-14:30
Size
up to 4 persons
Price
16000 (※approx. $145 USD)
Sign-up Deadline
Reservations usually accepted up to three days prior to tour.
Please inquire for urgent reservations.
*Displayed tour price is per person in the case of 4 people. Smaller/larger group bookings available at alternative rates.
Please inquire to info@inoutbound.co.jp*
Cancellation Policy
Up to three days prior, no cancellation fee.
Two days prior: 20%
Day before: 30%
On the day: 100%
Note
If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.

TOUR PLAN

Basic Plan

Price 16000 (approx. $145 USD)

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