Oyster Paradise Matsushima

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October ~ March

Oyster Paradise Matsushima

Immerse yourself in the culture and flavours of Japan's most scenic bay!

Highlights

Matsushima is one of Japan’s top three scenic locations! A plethora of important historical and cultural locations as well as easy access from Sendai City makes the picturesque town very popular with both local and international travelers. Must-see locations include Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples, as well as the sightseeing cruises that circle the bay. The breathtaking sight of the hundreds of tiny pine-clad islands floating in the bay inspired famous 17th century haiku-poet Matsu Basho to compose one of his most famous works here.

This guided tour offers you an original way to experience both the local culture and flavours of Matsushima. After a short hike up to Otakamori Observatory for some of the most stunning views over Matsushima Bay, you will jump aboard a fishing boat to visit an oyster farm and explore the Matsushima coastline. Aboard the boat, you’ll harvest fresh oysters and enjoy up to three raw oysters with a variety of tasty condiments! Oyster farming is a major regional industry, and there are hundreds of oyster farm rafts anchored in the waters in between the many tiny islands. Harvesting begins in late Autumn-Winter, so this the ideal time enjoy large fresh oysters straight out of the water or at one of the many oyster-shacks.

After your boat tour of the Matsushima coastline, you’ll journey across the bay to Oku-Matsushima to enjoy some more gorgeous views from the quiet fishing settlements before visiting one of the local oyster-shacks to relish in an all-you-can-eat oyster lunch. Enjoy as many freshly cooked oysters as you want for 50 minutes before the tour resumes with a walk around Matsushima town. You’ll stop by ‘M Pantry’ for a freshly baked oyster senbei (rice cracker) for dessert and visit Kaigan-Dori shopping street. You’ll also pay a visit to one of the area’s oldest and most famous temples, Godaidō Temple.

If you’re craving more history you have the option to extend your guided tour by one hour (3000 yen per group) to include visits to Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples.

TOUR COURSE

08:00

Meet your guide at JR Sendai Station.

 

08:15

Depart for Nobiru Station on the JR Senseki Line.

 

09:14

Arrive Nobiru Station.

 

09:30

Take a taxi to Otakamori. 

 

10:50

Hike up to Otakamori Observatory (60 mins). Enjoy beautiful views over Matsushima Bay. 

 

 

11:50

Take a fishing boat to the oyster rafts. Try harvesting oysters and eat up to 3 raw oysters (40 minutes).

 

 

12:10

Take a boat cruise along the Matsushima coastline.  See natural formations and cliffs.

 

13:00

Visit a traditional oyster-shack for an all-you-can-eat oyster lunch. Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters for 50 minutes.

 

14:00

Walk around Matsushima Town. Stop by ‘M Pantry’ for a freshly cooked oyster Senbei (rice crackers).

 

14:30

Visit Godaidō Temple. (To visit other famous temples, extend your guided tour by one hour for 3,000 JPY/group)

 

14:45

Walk along Kaigan Dori shopping street (15 minutes)

 

15:00

Experience ends at Matsushima-Kaigan Station (JR Senseki Line) . Take a local train to Sendai or continue to your next destination.

 

 

16:00

**If choosing to extend your tour (to include Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples) your experience will end at 16:00 at Matsushima-Kaigan Station (JR Senseki Line). Take a local train to Sendai or continue to your next destination.**

 

 

What’s Included

- Oyster harvesting experience from fishing boat
- Cruise of Matsushima Bay
- All-you-can-eat Oyster lunch
- Walking tour of Matsushima Bay
- Freshly made oyster senbei (rice-cracker)
- Private English speaking Guide
- Insurance

Not included

- Any additional meals and drinks
- Optional tour to Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples (can be added for +3000 yen per group)

Meeting place

08:00

Meet your guide at JR Sendai Station.

 

08:15

Depart for Nobiru Station on the JR Senseki Line.

 

09:14

Arrive Nobiru Station.

 

09:30

Take a taxi to Otakamori. 

 

10:50

Hike up to Otakamori Observatory (60 mins). Enjoy beautiful views over Matsushima Bay. 

 

 

11:50

Take a fishing boat to the oyster rafts. Try harvesting oysters and eat up to 3 raw oysters (40 minutes).

 

 

12:10

Take a boat cruise along the Matsushima coastline.  See natural formations and cliffs.

 

13:00

Visit a traditional oyster-shack for an all-you-can-eat oyster lunch. Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters for 50 minutes.

 

14:00

Walk around Matsushima Town. Stop by ‘M Pantry’ for a freshly cooked oyster Senbei (rice crackers).

 

14:30

Visit Godaidō Temple. (To visit other famous temples, extend your guided tour by one hour for 3,000 JPY/group)

 

14:45

Walk along Kaigan Dori shopping street (15 minutes)

 

15:00

Experience ends at Matsushima-Kaigan Station (JR Senseki Line) . Take a local train to Sendai or continue to your next destination.

 

 

16:00

**If choosing to extend your tour (to include Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples) your experience will end at 16:00 at Matsushima-Kaigan Station (JR Senseki Line). Take a local train to Sendai or continue to your next destination.**

 

 

TOUR DETAILS

Where
JR Sendai Station
Time
08:00 ~ 16:00 (8 hours)
Size
2~8 persons
Price
12800 yen (※approx. $115USD)
Sign-up Deadline
Bookings accepted up to 2 days prior to date of tour.
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 12800 yen (approx. $115USD)

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