By request

After-hours tour & sushi workshop at Sendai ‘Umi-no-mori’ Aquarium (+ Matsushima Shuttle)

Exclusive behind-the-scenes access and 'fresh' entertainment!


Imagine eating sushi so fresh, you can almost see it swimming in front of you…! Turn imagination into reality with this unique exclusive-access after-hours visit to Sendai’s ‘Umi-no-mori’ Aquarium. 

Not only will you enjoy exploring the Aquarium facilities after the doors have closed to the general public, but an exciting surprise awaits you in front of the large tank display! 

Usually a place to watch the majestic marine life swim, during this tour the display becomes the stage for an exciting fresh-fish carving show! Watch in awe as a professional chef works his magic with his knives on a fresh fish, right in front of you. Once the fish has been transformed into pieces of delicious sashimi, the chef will demonstrate how to prepare and shape sushi rice with your hands to make nigiri-sushi! Try your hand at making your own sushi and discover how delicious it tastes!

This tour package also includes a one-way ticket on the ‘Sendai Airport – Matsushima ~ Hiraizumi Liner’ shuttle bus, making it the perfection addition to a day or afternoon’s exploration of the popular Matsushima Bay area! 


What’s Included

> Shuttle bus fare between Sendai Station → Matsushima Bay → 'Umi-no-mori' Aquarium
> After-hours tour of special behind-the-scenes areas of the Aquarium.
> Fresh-fish carving show
> Sushi workshop and tasting

Not included

> Any additional meals, drinks and activities
> Anything not included in the above included menu.

Meeting place



After enjoying some sightseeing in the Matsushima Bay area, board the ‘Sendai Airport – Matsushima ~ Hiraizumi Guided Liner’ bus departing the Matsushima Shopping Centre at 16:50. 

To board the bus, please show your reservation email to the bus-driver, along with the boarding pass from your flight. 


Arrive at Sendai’s Umi-no-mori Aquarium, right on closing time! General entry to the aquarium finishes at 17:00, but you will have access to an exclusive after-hours tour of some of the behind-the-scenes areas of the Aquarium facilities. 

The after-hours tour will take around 45 minutes. 



Enjoy an exciting fresh fish-carving show in front of the giant tank display! 

Watch as a professional sushi chef using his specialised Japanese knives and incredible skill to carve up a fresh fish, right in front of you. 

(Photos are image only)

Next, with the fresh sashimi, take part in a fun sushi workshop with the sushi chef! Learn how to prepare and shape the sushi rice before topping it with pieces of freshly cut fish. 

Enjoy the relaxing view of the marine life in the large aquarium tanks as you taste your own hand-made nigiri-sushi! 


Tour finishes. 

Return to your accommodation in Sendai or Matsushima area by taxi or public transport. 


Matsushima Shopping Centre Bus-stop
4-10 persons
18000 yen (※approx. $165 USD)
Sign-up Deadline
Reservations accepted up to two weeks prior to tour date.
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 18000 yen (approx. $165 USD)

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