The Tohoku region is full of wonderful local foods, making the area an absolute foodie paradise! In particular, the Miyagi Coastline is well-known for its delicious oysters (“kaki” in Japanese) which are juicy and intense in flavor, while Matsushima region’s oysters are known for being especially tasty. Matsushima Bay is home to a famous natural site in Japan that is considered one of the country’s three most beautiful views, where over 200 islets with picturesque pine trees fill the bright blue ocean. Needless to say, this Matsushima Oyster Extravaganza is perfect for oyster addicts and nature lovers.
You’ll meet your guide at Sendai Station and take the train to Nobiru Station, and from there take a taxi to the starting point of the hike up to the observation point at Otakamori. Enjoy the scenery from one of the 4 best great views of Matsushima (approximately a 60-minute to return trip to/from the observation point), and then return to the main town area. After meeting a local fisherman, you’ll jump on a local fishing boat, head towards the oyster rafts and experience oyster harvesting. You’ll get to taste up to 3 oysters as you go, and they couldn’t be fresher! You’ll also enjoy a boat cruise around Matsushima Bay, and discover hidden bays and rock formations only known by locals. After getting to know the local oysters, it’s time for an all-out oyster feast. That’s right, you’ll be having an all-you-can-eat Matsushima oyster lunch at a local oyster shack. Are you ready for the challenge?
Following lunch, you’ll explore the town of Matsushima with a guided walking tour, stopping by a local store that specializes in local oyster senbei rice crackers. Made in front of your eyes, it’s the perfect oyster snack! On the way, you’ll enjoy some shopping along the Kaigan-dori shopping street and pay a visit to the oldest historic building in the city, Godaido Temple. Shop for some souvenirs if you can manage it after your oyster feast and boat cruise!
Oyster harvesting experience at a local oyster farm
Cruise of Matsushima Bay on a local fishing boat
All-you-can-eat Matsushima oyster lunch
Freshly-made oyster senbei (rice crackers)
Transport costs during the tour (taxi, etc.)
Additional food, drink, or souvenir purchases
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting point of this food tour is the stained-glass windows on the 2F of JR Sendai Station.
Please be reminded to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking