On this tour, you will enjoy the bounties of Matsushima Bay – from the delicious seafood it produces, to the unique lifestyle of the area. From an adventure perspective, you will walk the highlights of the world-famous Michinoku Coastal Trail (a 1,000-kilometer-plus seaside trail route) and kayak around nature-crafted bonsai-like islands floating in the Bay. The fact that Matsushima Bay is one of the leading oyster producing areas in Japan, coupled with plenty of high-quality rice and clean water, means you will surely be satisfied by the bounty of delicious local food and sake on offer throughout the tour!
- Enjoy a tasty lunch of Italian cuisine using local seafood
- Sightseeing Boat for the Future of Matsushima Bay
- Eco-friendly Matsushima Bay Accommodation Plan
- Learn about oysters from Matsushima Bay
- Enjoy walking and chairing around the islands of Matsushima
- Matsushima Bay Dinner with a focus on food-mileage-conscious
- Sea kayaking to enjoy the sunrise in Matsushim
Enjoy a tasty lunch of Italian cuisine using local seafood
ransfer to Matsushima by local train.
Enjoy a tasty lunch of Italian cuisine made using local seafood.
Sightseeing Boat for the Future of Matsushima Bay
Once back on shore, take a walk through the tranquil and history-steeped temples and lush gardens of Matsushima, visited by many over the years, including Einstein!
Eco-friendly Matsushima Bay Accommodation Plan
Your first night of accommodation is at a hot spring inn (ryokan) located on the mountainside, overlooking Matsushima Bay.
Enjoy stunning views of the Bay from your window.
Be treated to some spectacular views, especially on sunny mornings.
The open-air hot-spring bath also offers panoramic views of Matsushima Bay.
Learn about oysters from Matsushima Bay
Learn about oysters from Matsushima Bay that survived the Great East Japan Earthquake.
These are all seed oysters. Because the waters of Matsushima Bay are so nutrient-rich, oysters can be grown to maturity and harvested after just one year.
Enjoy walking and chairing around the islands of Matsushima
The trail will take you to three of the main islands, using local shuttle ferries to hop from one to the next.
From the port of Shiogama, you will go to the island.
The total distance is about 10 km, and the paths are easy to walk and relatively flat.
When we come across a beautiful view, we spread out our camp chairs and take a break to soak it up!
We will brew delicious coffee with local water and local beans. Local sweets will also be served.
Matsushima Bay Dinner with a focus on food-mileage-conscious
Dinner will be served at a creative modern-Japanese restaurant in Shiogama City, where you will enjoy pairing local ingredients with local sake.
Shiogama City is famous for seaweed-salt production. Enjoy sipping on sake the local way – can you see the lip of the bowl? Enjoy a salty sensation which will bring out the flavours in the local sake!
As Shiogama is a port town, fresh seafood is landed daily – especially in the fall, when it is peak tuna season! Most of the tuna you come across in Japan has been frozen before being shipped to market. This is one of the few places in Japan where you can enjoy fresh tuna!
This restaurant also makes use of oysters that would otherwise be discarded (due to their small size or other small imperfections) to make a delicious umami-filled soy sauce. This sustainable soy sauce is used in dishes and served with sashimi.
Sea kayaking to enjoy the sunrise in Matsushim
you will get off to an early start – but well worth it for the views!
We will tour Matsushima Bay by sea kayak at sunrise, enjoying one of the most serene times on the water before the world wakes up.
When seen from this close, the pine-clad islands almost look like giant bonsai trees!
We will get out on one of the islands for a tasty breakfast. The picture below is of Japanese-style food, but it is also possible to have coffee and croissants, depending on your preference.
The tour will end after you check out of the hotel at 10:00 a.m.