13:40-16:40 (three hours)
12000 yen (approx. $107 USD)
2 - 8 people
Matsushima Bay is famous throughout Japan as one of the nation’s Top Scenic Views as well as haven for seafood lovers craving the huge fresh local oysters. A photogenic destination to say the least, on this tour you yourself can become part of the scenery in a traditional Japanese kimono. After choosing your favourite style of kimono from the many beautiful pieces at ‘Umerabu’ kimono rental, you will be transformed by a professional kimono dresser. A short wander along the bay and you will arrive at ‘Kanrantei’ tea-house, an ancient villa belonging to samurai Date Masamune, where you will enjoy some traditional matcha green tea and seasonal ‘wagashi’ Japanese sweets in the open sitting-room with panaromic ocean views. After capturing your experience in some photos by the bay, you will visit the iconic ‘Godaido’ Temple and peruse the local shops for some souvenirs. You’ll be feeling ready for a bite of some local cuisine, so you’ll drop-in to a local ‘Kamaboko’ fishcake specialty store to try some of their goods after grilling them yourself! Wind-up your Matsushima experience with a visit to the stunning Entsuin Temple, with a chance to explore the temple gardens and take advantage of some more photogenic spots before returning your Kimono and stepping back into your travel-shoes to continue your journey.
Meet at Matsushima Kaigan Station (JR Senseki Line).
Choose kimono from selection at ‘Umeluv’ and be dressed by a professional. (Hair arrangement also available for +500 yen)
Enjoy some traditional matcha green tea and ‘wagashi’ Japanese sweets at Kanrantei Tea-house, overlooking Matsushima Bay.
Capture your kimono experience by taking some photos in the traditional Japanese-style rooms and decorations of the tea house.
Visit the picturesque Godaido Temple, iconic symbol of Matsushima Bay.
Walk along the Bay, taking pictures and poking-around the local shops. Drop-in to ‘Mutoya’ for some Sake tasting (optional).
Try some tasty ‘Kamaboko’ fishcake (a local delicacy of the Miyagi region) after grilling it yourself!
Walk the beautiful grounds of Entsuin Temple and take some more photos surrounded by the Japanese style garden.
Return to ‘Umeluv’ to return your kimono. End of tour.