The charming city of Shiogama is a short train ride away from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture’s capital city, and acts as a gateway to the beautiful island pine tree views of Matsushima. A long-serving and prominent fishing town, Shiogama has the most sushi restaurants per capita in Japan! Taste the flavor of Miyagi and Sendai while learning the secrets and mysteries of Shiogama, and get to know the city like a true local during a Sendai Food and Culture Tour in Shiogama.
Kick off the tour exploring the fresh seafood bargains at Shiogama Wholesale Fish Market, also known as Nakaoroshi Market. Choose your seafood breakfast from the finest catches of the day and build your own kaisendon (seafood bowl) from your favorite toppings on sale. After a delicious fishy breakfast, you’ll take a taxi and head into the heart of the city for a walking tour of the main Shiogama town area and hit up 7 different Sendai food spots for tasty local treats.
Firstly, you’ll taste local dorayaki (traditional sweet red-bean-filled pancakes) from a famous local storefront that’s been open for over 100 years. Next, you’ll taste and compare 3 delicious sakes brewed locally in Miyagi Prefecture. You’ll head to a fishcake shop to buy some local kamaboko to pair with a sake tasting at the next foodie stop, a local liquor shop. Along the way, you’ll visit the mysterious Okama Shrine, which has ancient salt pots that are said to be able to predict disasters. The next stop is a tea house with over 200 years of history, where you’ll taste 5-colored dango (sweet rice dumplings). You’ll visit a miso and soy sauce specialty store, where you can try sea salt or miso flavored gelato! Finally, you’ll enjoy a humble green tea tasting at a local tea shop, learning how to appreciate tea from a local tea master.
A 4-hour walking food tour of Shiogama City
Tastings of local food
Taxi fare between locations
Additional food, drink, or souvenir purchases
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting point of this food tour is in front of Higashi-Shiogama Station, accessed via the JR Senseki Line
Please note that the legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years old
Please be reminded to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking