All year round

Sightseeing Boat for the Future of Matsushima Bay


Matsushima Bay, with its over 300 picturesque islands, is famous for being one of Japan’s ‘Three Scenic Views’ and has been selected as a member of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays Club. This tour will take you on a scenic cruise around Matsushima to enjoy the views and share the story of seaweed restoration efforts following damage to the bay caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.


What’s Included

What’s Included:
・Matsushima Bay Cruise fare
・Expert's Guide to Seaweed Restoration in Matsushima Bay
・A portion of the participation fee will be carbon offset by support for reforestation activities around Matsushima Bay.
・English speaking guides/ interpretation

Not included

Not Included:
・Transport to/from start and end points.
・Personal expenses




Meet your guide at Matsushima-Kaigan Wharf. 

(The variety of boat will depend on the size of the group) 

Enjoy views of the beautiful islands from the boat. 

Learn about regeneration of local seaweed from an expert. 

The tsunami caused significant damage to the composition of sand and soil in Matsushima Bay. Residents and tourists throw sand and stones into the bay to promote the regeneration of natural seaweeds. Seaweed also plays an important role in the growth of Matsushima’s famous oysters.

Residents and tourists regularly throw sand and stones into the bay by hand to personally contribute to the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.


Meeting Place: Matsushima-Kaigan wharf
approx 90 mins
Min 4 pax - 20 pax
3,000 JPY
Sign-up Deadline
Booking by request for departure all seasons
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Policy:
• Cancelled more than 21 days prior to departure: Zero fees.
• Cancelled between 20 and 8 days prior to departure: 20% of the Tour Price.
• Cancelled between 7 days and 48 hours prior to departure: 30% of the Tour Price.
• Cancelled between 48 and 24 hours prior to departure :40% of the Tour Price.
• Cancelled within 24 hours of departure: 50% of the Tour Price.
• Cancelled on the day of departure: 100% of the Tour Price.
*No refunds will be given after the tour has commenced.*
Note: If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.
If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.


Basic Plan

Price 3,000 JPY

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