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4 to 5 hours
Everyday *except Wed, Sun
Feeling hungry? For a local foodie fix there’s nowhere better than Shiogama City; home to the most sushi restaurants per capita in Japan along with a plethora of historic sweet-stores, tea houses and, of course, some of Miyagi’s best sake breweries! On this tour, you’ll start your day right with a breakfast of fresh-off-the-boat seafood at Shiogama’s Wholesale Fish Markets (Nakaoroshi Markets). Here you can wander the rows of fish-mongers and select from the catch of the day to add to your bowl of rice and side of miso-soup! But save some room for what’s to come…! After heading back into town, you will spend some time walking around the quaint streets, stopping at six more ‘foodie’ locations – everything from Doraemon’s favourite ‘Dorayaki’ sweet pancakes to Sake tasting, drinking Japanese green tea with a tea master and sinking your teeth into local specialty ‘kamaboko’ fish cake and miso-flavoured gelato! Along the way, learn about the history of Shiogama, its recovery following the events of 3/11 and uncover some local mysteries…
Meet at Higashi-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line).
Breakfast at Shiogama Wholesale Fish Market (Nakaoroshi Market). Make your own ‘Kaisen-don’ (Seafood Bowl) by choosing your favourite toppings from the fresh seafood on sale at the market.
Taxi into the Shiogama town area for a foodie walking tour.
Foodie Stop 1: Doraemon’s favourite sweets ‘Dorayaki’ (sweet pancake filled with red-bean cream) at Shiogama’s famous ‘Kasho Eitaro’ store, established over 100 years ago (1909).
Foodie Stop 2: Sake tasting at Urakasumi Sake Brewery. Taste and compare three different local sakes from one of Miyagi Prefectures finest breweries.
Foodie Stop 3: ‘Kamaboko’ fishcake from local specialty store ‘Abehei Kamaboko’. Here we will pick up some freshly made fish-cakes and save them for pairing with sake at Foodie Stop 4!
Visit the mysterious ‘Okama-jinja’ Shrine, with ancient salt pots that can predict disasters!
Foodie Stop 4: More sake tasting at ‘Kumakyu’ local liquour store. Here you can pair your tasty Kamaboko fishcake with a well-matched sake!
Foodie Stop 5: ‘Five-coloured Dango’ (sweet rice dumplings) at ‘Osanko Chaya’, a traditional tea-house with over 200 years of history.
Foodie Stop 6: Mini-gelato from ‘Ota-ya’ Miso and Soy Sauce specialty store (since 1845). Yep, that’s right! Choose from Shiogama sea-salt or miso flavoured gelato for a salty-sweet surprise!
Foodie Stop 7: Green Tea tasting with a twist at ‘Yabe-en’ tea shop. Learn new ways to enjoy various varieties of green tea from tea-master-come-cocktail-extraordinaire Yabe-san.
Return to Hon-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line). End of tour.