2-Day Matsushima Historical Tour with Homestay and Fishing

Cultural & Theme Tours in Matsushima

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Book this unique 2-day Matsushima historical tour with unique fishing experience! Matsushima is well known as one of Japan’s three most scenic destinations. Visit a historical tea house with VIP access to a private tea room. Experience the most authentic tea ceremony and taste a different variety of Japanese green tea. Stay with a local family overnight and have a local style dinner together. Take this great opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their family history and daily lives. Enjoy the mesmerizing coastal landscape of Matsushima with over 260 pine-covered islands while your local guide explains the fascinating local history especially about the famous shogunate, Masamune Date, the samurai ruler of the Sendai region who was known as ”Dokuganryu” (one-eyed hero) as he could only see with one eye.
Day 1 [D]:10:00am - Meet your guide at Hon-Shiogama Station in Shiogama-city.10:10am - Visit a local green tea shop to learn about local green tea culture and experience green tea tasting.11am - Go to a famous sake brewery. Learn about the sake manufacturing process and enjoy sake tasting. (If you are traveling on Sunday, the sake brewery is closed and you will be taken on a short sightseeing boat ride in Matsushima Bay instead.)12:30pm - Lunch1:30pm - Tea ceremony and walking tour in Matsushima Tea ceremony will be held at this property, which is not open to the public. Enjoy VIP access to a private tea room with beautiful traditional Japanese wall paintings. Later, a walking tourtakes you to some of the most popular attractions in Matsushima, including the Zuiganji Temple (National Treasure and Important Cultural Property), Godaido Temple (Important Cultural Property), Entsuin Temple and, if time allows, the Pine Tree of Saigyo Modish.4:30pm - Transfer to the accommodation.5:30pm - Check in to the accommodation and relax. In the evening, enjoy a local style dinner with your host family. Learn the fascinating history as well as local lifestyle of Matsushima.Day 2 [B, L]:8am - Enjoy breakfast9am - Local fishery experience with English translation support. Be a local Japanese fisherman for three hours and learn some secret tips from your guide.12:30pm - Seafood BBQ lunch. Learn more about local fisherman's daily lives while enjoying the freshest seafood BBQ. After lunch, you will be transferred back to Nobiru Station for your onward journey.

What’s included

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Local guide
  • English translator (during dinner and fishery experience)
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Dinner with local host family (Day 1)
  • Seafood BBQ lunch (Day 2)
  • Access to private tea house room at Kanrantei Tea House
  • Green tea tasting

What’s not included

  • Transportation fee to/from meeting point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Small group ensures personal service