08:00 ~ 16:00 (8 hours)
12800 yen (approx. $115USD)
October ~ March
The Tohoku region is a foodie’s paradise – especially if you love fresh, delicious seafood! The entire Sanriku coastline is famous for its giant, milky, juicy oysters, but the pearly heart of the action lies in Matsushima Bay (also famous as one of Japan’s top three scenic views). The incredible oysters of Matsushima are not only loved throughout Japan, but they hold strong ties with oyster cuisine around the world, with locally produced oyster ‘seeds’ being exported to other oyster-obsessed countries like France for overseas cultivation.
This guided tour will introduce you to both the culture and flavours of Tohoku experienced through local oyster farming, alongside a local fisherman! Enjoy these tasty treasures of the sea as the locals do – fresh off a fishing boat in Matsushima Bay.
The tour will include a short hike to one of the best views over Matsushima Bay, first-experience of oyster harvesting from a local fishing boat, fresh oyster tasting, an all-you-can-eat oyster lunch at an oyster shack, a freshly grilled oyster rice-cracker and a guided tour of Matsushima’s famous Godaido Temple!
*If you’re craving more history, you also have the option to extend your guided tour by one hour (3000 yen per group) to include visits to Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples – the world’s your oyster!
Meet your guide at JR Sendai Station.
Depart for Nobiru Station on the JR Senseki Line.
Arrive Nobiru Station.
Take a taxi towards Otakamori observation point.
Hike up to the observation point (60 mins) and enjoy the beautiful views over the tiny islands of Matsushima Bay.
Otakamori is one of the four ‘Shidaikan’ (four great views) of Matsushima.
Head back into town and meet with a local fisherman. Board a fishing boat and take a cruise out to the oyster rafts.
Experience harvesting fresh oysters and try up to three of them, fresh from ocean!
Before heading back to shore, take a cruise through some unseen areas of Matsushima Bay.
Discover interesting rock formations and hidden bays known only to locals!
After the morning’s excitement, you’ll be ready for a feast!
Drop in to a traditional oyster-shack for an all-you-can-eat oyster lunch (steamed oysters)!
Take a guided walk around Matsushima Town.
Stop by local favourite ‘M Pantry’ for a freshly cooked oyster senbei (rice cracker) made right in front of you!
Visit the iconic Godaidō Temple, the oldest historic building in Matsushima.
(To visit Zuiganji and Entsuin temples/other famous sites, extend your guided tour by one hour for 3,000 JPY per group).
After a spot of shopping along Kaigan-dori shopping street, the tour will end Matsushima-Kaigan Station (JR Senseki Line).
Experience ends at Matsushima-Kaigan Station (JR Senseki Line) . Take a local train to Sendai or continue to your next destination.
**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.**