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$422.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Matsushima Historical Tour with Homestay and Fishing

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.

$384.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Oku-Matsushima 2-Day Fishing Experience from Tokyo

Day 1 [D]:Arrive at Tokyo Station before 11:50 a.m. (recommended), and look for Tohoku bullet train (shinkansen) platform. At 12:20 p.m., your bullet train departs from Tokyo Station. Arrive at Sendai Station at 1:52 p.m., and change to JR Senseki Line (you have approx. 30 minutes for transfer). Your local train departs at about 2:16 p.m. from Sendai Station.At 2:54 p.m., arrive at Nobiru Station and your friendly driver will be waiting for you at the ticket gate. Transfer to the homestay for check-in. Your homestay, also called "minshuku" in Japanese, is hosted by a local fisherman family. Experience the traditional Japanese-style room with tatami floor and spend some time interacting with your friendly hosts.Take it easy for two hours. You can go biking (self-guided) in Oku-Matsushima. Bike along the coast line and see the beautiful scenery, or stop by some sightseeing attractions, such as Jyomonmura Village Museum, Mt. Otakamori, Saga Valley, and more. Ask your host family for recommendations and directions for Jyomonmura Village Museum, Mt. Otakamori, Saga Valley, etc. Or you can simply relax in your comfortable Japanese-style room until dinner time.Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner at 6 p.m. with your host family. Take this rare opportunity to ask the locals about Japan, Matsushima, and everything else. You will be accompanied by an English interpreter who can assist you with the communication.Day 2 [L]:At 9 a.m., start your day with a unique fishing experience with a local traditional fishing expert and learn some fishing techniques, such as surf fishing, net fishing, basket fishing, etc. Then at 12:30 p.m., enjoy the freshest seafood BBQ with local fish and ingredients.At 2:30 p.m., take a guided biking tour in Matsushima, and visit some of the most popular attractions including 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".Your tour concludes at 5:30 p.m., and you will be transferred to Nobiru Station for your onward journey.

$174.63 Cultural & Theme Tours

Experience Matsushima and Shiogama Cultural Tour including VIP Access to Private Tea House Room

10:00am - Meet your guide at Hon-Shiogama Station in MatsushimaWalk to a famous local green tea store for a unique "green tea tasting" experience. You will have a chance to taste a few kinds of high-grade green tea that is served at luxurious hotels and ryokan. Also try some unique sake-based green tea cocktail.  11:00am - Visit a local sake brewery The sake brewery is famous nationwide in Japan. Learn more about the brewery's history as well as the manufacturing process of sake. While learning the variety of sake, enjoy some sake tasting experience. 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 - LunchStop by a local area for lunch (at your own expense); food selections includes sushi, yakiniku (Japanese style BBQ), local izakaya food, seafood, oysters, shojin cuisine (vegetarian).1:30pm - Tea ceremony and walking tour in Matsushima Enjoy a tea ceremony experience at the Kanrantei Tea House or Senshin-an.After tea ceremony you will go on a walking tour of Matsushima. Visit the symbol of Matsushima - Zuiganji Temple, registered as Japan National Treasure and Important Cultural Property. After Matsushima became a base of the historical warrior Masamune Date, he and his family built a number of impressive facilities including Zuiganji Temple. This area was beloved by Masamune Date because of its excellent location as a port city surrounded by hundreds of islands and sunken rocks that prevent the invasion of enemies. Thanks to those islands, Matsushima suffered relatively smaller damage from the tsunami occurred in March, 2011.You will also visit the Godaido Temple (Japan Important Cultural Property) and Entsuin Temple. If time allows, stop by the famous pine tree "Saigyo Modish". Walk with your knowledgeable local guide and take this great opportunity to learn more about the history and local lifestyle of Matsushima. Some places you will visit include4:30pm - Tour ends at Matsuhima-Kaigan station

$156.93 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Historical Cycling Tour in Matsushima

Matsushima has had a long history as a sightseeing spot due to its beautiful landscape. However, this is not the only reason that this area was well-known. This area is also known as a historically important location for being a base of the shogunate during the Sengoku (Warring States) period and is deeply associated with 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.After Matsushima became a base for the Date family, they built a number of impressive facilities such as Zuiganji Temple, registered as a National Treasure and a symbol of Matsushima. These are only a small portions of the fascinating story of Matsushima.10am - Meet your guide at the Matsushima-Kaigan station10:15am to 11:15am - Enjoy a tea ceremony at the Kanrantei Teahouse or Senshin-an.11:30am to 3pm - Cycling tour with a lunch breakYou will visit local, historical sites on a bicycle. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Matsushima through seeing the local lifestyle. Visit some of the most popular attractions including the Zuiganji Temple (a National Treasure and Important Cultural Property), Godaido Temple (Important Cultural Property), the Entsuin Temple, and, if time allows, the Pine Tree of "Saigyo Modoshi". 3pm-3:50pm - Ride a sightseeing boatThis is a short cruise of Matsushima Bay in order to enjoy the beautiful landscape from the boat! 4pm - The tour ends at Matsuhima-Kaigan station.

$292.46 Cultural & Theme Tours

Matsushima and Shiogama Cultural Tour Including One-Way Train Ticket from Tokyo

After Matsushima became a base of the warrior, Masamune Date's, family, they built a number of impressive facilities. One of them, Zuiganji Temple, is registered as National Treasure and is known as a symbol of Matsushima. This area was beloved by Masamune Date due to it being an excellent port city and the hundreds of islands and sunken rocks in the area preventing the invasion of enemies. It is thanks to these islands, Matsushima suffered relatively little damage from the tsunami that followed the great earthquake of March 11th, 2011.Arrive at Tokyo station before 6:45 AM (recommended) and look for Tohoku bullet train (shinkansen) platform. 7:16 AM - Take a bullet train (shinkansen) from Tokyo station and start this relaxing full-day tour in Matsushima. Transfer at Sendai station to JR Senseki line.9:40 AM - Arrive at Hon-shiogama station and your friendly and knowledgeable local guide will be waiting for you at the ticket gate.10:00 AM - Walk to a famous local green tea store for a unique "green tea tasting" experience. You will have a chance to taste a few kinds of high-grade green tea that is served at luxurious hotels and ryokans, as well as a sake-based green tea cocktail.  11am - Visit a local sake brewery.If you are traveling on Sunday, as the sake brewery is closed on Sunday, your guide will take you to a short sightseeing boat ride in Matsushima Bay instead.You will visit a local sake brewery that is famous nationwide and hear about their history, the manufacturing process of sake and types of sake. Also have a chance to taste a few kinds of sake.  12:30pm - Lunch (at your own expense)Several options for lunch, such as sushi, yakiniku, local izakaya restaurant, seafood, oysters, shojin cuisine (vegetarian), etc1:30pm - Tea ceremony and walking tour in Matsushima A tea ceremony experience at the Kanrantei Tea House or Senshin-an.After your tea ceremony experience, you will go on a walking tour of Matsushima. You will visit local historical sites with a guide. This is a great opportunity to learn about the local lifestyle. Some places you will visit include 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 - The tour concludes at Matsuhima-Kaigan station

$277.56 Cultural & Theme Tours

Matsushima Bike and Boat Full-Day Historical Tour from Tokyo

Start your day at Tokyo Station from where your included one-way train ticket will take you to Matsushima. The bullet train departs at 7:36am from Tokyo Station, arriving at Sendai Station at 9:10am. You then have about a 30-minute transfer on the JR Senseki Line, which departs at 9:30am and arrives at Matsushima-Kaigan Station 10:11am where you meet your guide at the ticket gate.Arrive at the Kanrantei Tea House or Senshin-an, at 10:30am and enjoy a tea ceremony in the Japanese room.Afterward, jump on a bicycle to visit more local and historical sites. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Matsushima by getting a glmpse of the local lifestyle. Visit some of the most popular attractions including the Zuiganji Temple, Godaido Temple, the Entsuin Temple and the Pine Tree of Saigyo Modoshi. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense) choosing from several options, such as sushi, yakiniku, seafood, oysters, or shojin cuisine (vegetarian).At about 3:15pm, head out on a sightseeing cruise on the Matsushima Bay to see the city's scenery from the water. Your tour ends at Matsuhima-Kaigan Station at about 4:15pm.