Everyday *except Wed, Sun

Shiogama’s 10 Tasting Treasures: Savoring Sweets, Seafood & Sake

The ultimate 'Foodie' tour in sushi and sake paradise, Shiogama!

Highlights

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 local fantastic ‘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 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…

OUTLINE

What’s Included

- Taxi fare
- Seafood breakfast at Shiogama Wholesale Fish Market
- Walking tour of Shiogama
- Gourmet items : Miso gelato, local sweets, salt cookie and cake, dorayaki, sake tasting, candy, another sake tasting, matcha.
- English speaking guide
- Insurance

Not included

- Any additional meals/drinks
- Anything not included in the above 'included' list.

MEETING PLACE

TOUR COURSE

08:40

Meet at Higashi-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line).

※Recommended train times from Sendai Station → JR Senseki Line Departure from Sendai Station (8:02) — Arrival at Higashi Shiogama Station (8:33)

09:00

Foodie Stop 1: 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. 

10:00

Taxi into the Shiogama town area for a foodie walking tour.

10:15

Foodie Stop 2:  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!  

10:25

Foodie Stop 3:  A traditional Japanese confectionery from the port town of Shiogama.

10:35

Foodie Stop 4&5:  Taste cookies and cakes made with local ingredients at a local patisserie that has been in business for nearly 50 years!

10:50

Foodie Stop 6: 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).

11:00

Foodie Stop 7:  Sake tasting at Urakasumi Sake Brewery. “Ochoko” as your souvenir.  Taste and compare three different local sakes from one of Miyagi Prefectures finest breweries.

11:15

Visit the mysterious ‘Okama-jinja’ Shrine, with ancient salt pots that can predict disasters!

 

11:20

Foodie Stop 8:  There will be a 200 yen allowance, guests can purchase their own candy. Let’s have fun choosing!

11:30

Foodie Stop 9:  Walk through local fishmonger, visit ‘Kumakyu’ local liquour store for some more sake tasting. 

12:00

Stroll through downtown Shiogama

12:15

Foodie Stop 10:  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. 

12:40

Return to Hon-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line). End of tour.

Train information (JR Senseki Line Honshiogama bound for Sendai Station)
Honshiogama Departure: 12:43 → Sendai Station Arrival: 13:10

TOUR DETAILS

Where
Higashi-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line)
※Recommended train times from Sendai Station → JR Senseki Line Departure from Sendai Station (8:02) --- Arrival at Higashi Shiogama Station (8:33)
Time
08:40~12:40 (4 hours)
Size
2~4 persons
Price
22,000yen
Sign-up Deadline
Bookings accepted up-to two days prior to tour date.
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 22,000yen

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