October ~ March

Oyster Fisherman’s Cruise & Seasonal Feast (version with JR train)

The world's your oyster in the world's oyster nursery!


The Tohoku region is a foodie’s paradise – especially if you love fresh, delicious seafood! The entire coastline of Miyagi Prefecture 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 ‘babies’ 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 stats at Sendai Station, include a trip out to the oyster farms on a local boat with a local fisherman who will show you around the bay and tell you more about what makes Miyagi Prefecture the perfect environment for cultivating oysters. 

Once back on shore, head to a local  restaurant and enjoy a delicious fresh seafood lunch with a wealth of local ingredients from Tohoku!


What’s Included

- Cruise of Matsushima Bay
- 90-minute pleasure boat ride (oyster farming tour and Matsushima Bay cruise)
- Seafood lunch at Otakamori Kankou Hotel
- English speaking Guide
- Insurance
- Train fare (Sendai ⇄ Nobiru)
- Taxi fare from Nobiru Station ⇄ boat pier

Not included

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




Meet at the stained glass window on the 2nd floor, west side exit of Sendai Station.

Then, take a train!  From Sendai Station → JR Senseki Line Departure from Sendai Station (10:18) — Arrival at Nobiru Station (10:53)   


Arrive at JR Nobiru Station.  Take a taxi about 10 minutes to the boat pier. 



**90 minutes Oyster cruise begins! **

Learn about how the oyster babies are first cultivated in a ‘nursery’ on the surface of scallop shells. The method and materials used today follow the same traditions of centuries ago, and ensure no harm upon the precious local environment. Sussu-san will teach you what makes Miyagi Prefecture so special as the ideal environment to grow oysters, and why oyster farmers from all over Japan (and over seas) make their way to Miyagi to purchase these beautiful oyster babies for cultivation across the globe.


Having met the babies, it’s time to meet the parents! 


Say hi to the origin of the whole process as Sussu-san explains why the surrounding mountains and forests are equally important to local fishermen as the sea. 

Time for the highlight! Your next stop is to the oyster farms themselves to try some fresh, juicy gems straight from the water!


Once back on shore, head to a local  restaurant and enjoy a delicious fresh seafood lunch with a wealth of local ingredients from Tohoku!


Optional Lunch **Weekdays in December -February**
All-you-can-eat oyster lunch option also available. (with additional price JPY 1,500 per person)


Return to Nobiru Station by cab.


Take the rapid train departing at 14:16 and arrive at Sendai Station at 14:53.


Tour ends at Sendai Station.


Sendai Station (Stained-glass windows) : Near the west exit on the 2nd floor
09:50~15:00 (about 5 hours)
2~6 persons
30,800 yen
Sign-up Deadline
Bookings accepted up to 1 week business days prior to date of tour.
Cancellation Policy
Up to four days prior, no cancellation fee.
Three days prior: 20%
Day before: 50%
On the day: 100%
** Tour guests may be mixed.
If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.


Basic Plan

Price 30,800 yen

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