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Miyagi | 7.0h
A cultural experience tour in Matsushima!

Have a one of a kind experience unique to Matsushima.

Matsushima is one of the three greatest views in Japan so there are many tourists from all over the world. This tour focuses on the great view of Matsushima and cultural experiences!
You will have four cultural experience on this tour: making a rosary at a traditional temple, making “Kokeshi”, a traditional wooden doll, cooking your own “Sasakama”, sort of a fish cake, and preparing your own Japanese green tea while enjoying the view. Each experience is unique to Matsushima and your otomo guide will support you so you don’t have to worry about language difference.
You will also visit major tourist spots with a breathtaking view!
Don’t forget to book your cultural experience tour!


・Make your own rosary at a traditional temple!
・Cook your own “Sasakama”, sort of a fish cake unique to Matsushima.
・Learn how to make “Kokeshi”, traditional wooden doll unique to Miyagi.
・Visit a solemn temple which is a natural treasure!
・Have a panoramic view of Matsushima with great nature from a hidden spot!
・Try the famous castella made from the best ingredients!


・Entsuin Temple: The first cultural experience of the tour is a rosary-making experience! Let’s make your own one of a kind rosary at a traditional temple. A rosary is said to have the same power as reading the sutra when you put it on. It will be a good souvenir and also bring luck after you get home!
・Zuiganji Temple: A temple with a history of 1,200 years! There are gorgeous paintings on sliding paper door and other ornaments at the main hall of the solemn temple. It is so beautiful that it seems more like a castle than a temple! Feel the beauty and solemness of the temple which is a natural treasure!
・Matsushima Kamaboko Restaurant (Fish cake): The second cultural experience spot where you can cook your own fish cake yourself! Hot and fresh fish cakes are awesome! There is no many places where you can have the iconic Sendai food: Sasakama, sort of fish cake, that is still hot! You will cook it in a save way so don’t worry to get burned on your hands!
・Godaido Temple: The symbol of Matsushima. It is a spot where you can have a panoramic view of Matsushima bay! You will cross a beautiful vermilion watermark bridge! It will be a thrilling experience since the by is right under your feet and you can see it through the steps!
・A view of Pine-clad islands of Matsushima (Three views of Japan): A observatory where you can have a panoramic view of Matsushima. It is a spot with a superb view but is not very popular among tourist so take your time and enjoy the great view!
・Shoka-do Kashiten: A café popular among locals and tourists from all over the world! Their specialty is castella which are made from perfect ingredients and recipe. You will like the fluffy texture and exquisite sweetness!
・Naohide Kokeshi Shop: The third cultural experience of the tour: making a “Kokeshi”, a traditional wooden doll unique to Tohoku area. You can learn how to make “Kokeshi” from a craftsman! It will be perfect for a souvenir!
・Kanran-tei: The final cultural experience of the tour: making your own Japanese green tea! The tea with good smell and a bit of bitterness is one of the most famous things among Japanese food culture. You will have tea while enjoying the great nature of Matsushima and eating Japanese sweets!


・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat whenever and wherever you like.
・We recommend bringing JPY CASH since many shops don’t accept either credit cards or IC cards.

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 3000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

In front of the information center near the central gate of Sendai Station

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