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Cherry Blossom Viewing and Hanami Picnic in Shiogama

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Experience Details
Experience Location
1.5 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 10 guests
Japanese, English
Has a gift, With lunch
Enjoy the cherry blossom season like a local with a special bento box lunch and locally-made beverages during this Shiogama Hanami Picnic with an authentic shamisen performance!


Enjoy the hanami season like a local, and take in the history and culture of Shiogama Shrine as you bask beneath hundreds of beautiful cherry blossom trees
Enjoy a delicious cherry-wood bento box lunch full of seasonal food, with craft beer and local sake included, all served to you by a private chef!
Experience a live shamisen performance by a local musician, listening to traditional folk songs as you enjoy the beautiful blossom views (including rare local tree varieties)
Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony
Take home some local goodies as the perfect souvenir from Shiogama
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

The Tohoku region is home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery and ancient shrines, which are especially stunning in autumn and spring. Join the spring festivities and celebrate the beauty of cherry blossom trees during this Cherry Blossom Viewing and Hanami Picnic in Shiogama, your chance to enjoy the spring tradition of hanami (cherry blossom viewing parties) at a national treasure, Shiogama Jinja. Enjoy viewing the spring sakura blossoms in the serene grounds of Shiogama Shrine, a temple that’s over 1200 years old! It features its own rare double-flowering variety of cherry blossom trees called Shiogama-zakura, also considered a national Natural Monument. You’ll arrive at the hanami picnic with everything already set up and ready to go at a great cherry blossom viewing spot in Shiogama. Then, simply relax and enjoy your local bento box lunch beneath hundreds of beautiful, delicate cherry blossoms! Featuring elements of local cuisine and regional ingredients inspired by the season, your Instagram-worthy bento box will feature bite-sized pieces of colorful hanami picnic food. Complete with a glass of local sake or beer, you’ll be able to enjoy the scenery while hearing a shamisen performance (a traditional three-stringed Japanese instrument) by a local musician! This hanami picnic in Shiogama also includes a wonderful tea ceremony with wagashi Japanese sweets to complete the experience. Never mind about coordinating heavy bags of food and drink, or traipsing around with a blue tarp trying to secure a picnic spot. Feel free to explore the shrine’s grounds, as there’s no need to fuss around and clean anything up. This hanami picnic is hassle-free and certifiably delicious! And at the end, you’ll also receive a local souvenir to take home with you, to remember the fleeting cherry blossoms of Shiogama.


A private chef to serve your food
Spring themed bento box with local and seasonal cuisine
Local sake and craft beer
Shamisen performance by a local musician
Tea ceremony with matcha green tea

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

The meeting point of this experience is at Shiogama Shrine


Please be reminded to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking (there are over 200 steps to reach Shiogama Shrine using the main path)
Please be reminded to come to the experience on time

Cancellation Policy

Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

A grand Shinto shrine, Shiogama Jinja Shrine is located on a hill in the heart of Shiogama City on the coast of Miyagi Prefecture. It’s a large shrine complex for the protection of fisherman and children, believed to be over 1200 years old. A total of 15 buildings of Shiogama Shrine have been designated as important cultural treasures, with many festivals held here throughout the year. Notably, the grounds host over 300 cherry blossom trees, including a local variety called Shiogama Cherry, making Shiogama Shrine one of the city’s best cherry blossom viewing spots in spring.
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Earliest available date: July 24, 2024
¥ 30,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals