Outdoor Tea Ceremony at Iwanuma "Snake Shrine"

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Experience Details
Experience Location
2 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 6 guests
Japanese, English
With green tea, With transport, With dessert, Learn etiquette
Learn about the cultural significance of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and enjoy a firsthand experience under wisteria trees at a local "snake shrine."
Visit the mysterious Kanahebisui-jinja “snake shrine”
Boost your good fortune and attract prosperity (maybe) at this power spot
Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony outdoors
Learn about the cultural significance of the tea ceremony from your English speaking tea master
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Host will donate 10 meals
Experience Details
Seeking peace of mind? A tiny bit of financial luck doesn’t hurt! Why not visit the legendary “Snake Shrine,” where a bit of local superstition and a traditional tea ceremony with a tea master will set you up for prosperity and bliss. Rural Iwanuma, 20 minutes by train from the buzzing Sendai Station, is home to the enchanted Kanahebisui-jinja Shrine. This Shinto shrine is a place of worship thought to replenish your pockets and bring financial prosperity your way. This is why hundreds of Japanese folks come to the shrine, touch the snake-shaped stones, and clink some coins into offering boxes. Make sure to rub your hand on the iconic stones for your share of luck while you learn about the shrine’s unique power from your English-speaking guide. Unfortunately, money does not grow on trees, they say, and the beautiful, lush wisteria trees that enrich the shrine grounds are no exception. Yet, the purple "nine-headed dragon" wisteria that blooms in early May surely makes for the most stunning view. During this tour, you’ll have a Zen-like spiritual experience. The open-air tea ceremony performed by an accomplished kimono-clad tea master will fill your soul with joy and provide you with a sense of relaxation. Experience a whirlwind of pastel-tinted traditional wagashi sweets and matcha green tea, of skillfully crafted Japanese pottery and of deeply-rooted culture. Learn all you need to know about the Japanese tea ceremony while you soak up the sunlight shining through wisteria trees.
Outdoor tea ceremony and workshop by English speaking tea-master (including matcha tea and traditional sweets)
Guided visit to Kanahebisui-jinja (snake shrine)
Private transport from and to JR Iwanuma Station
Any additional meals and drinks
Anything not included in the above list
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
JR Iwanuma Station is located 20 minutes on the Joban Line from Sendai Station
Please be reminded to come to the food tour meeting point on time.
Experience Location
Located on the eastern side of Miyagi Prefecture, against the Pacific Ocean, Iwanuma City was seriously damaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, but is rebuilding as an eco-friendly community based on natural energy supplies. Attractions include the Kanahebisui Shrine, hot spring facilities, and Millennium Hope Hills, a unique park and memorial site.
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Earliest available date: December 12, 2022
¥ 18,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Host will donate 10 meals