• Tour code: 13441P74
  • Location: Miyagi District, Japan
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover the ancient cultural practices of Matsushima on a 6.5-hour sightseeing tour, which includes a tea ceremony. Visit Matsushima’s architectural symbol, the Zuiganji Temple; admire the wall paintings that decorate the Goza-no-ma room; and taste different varieties of green tea during a tea ceremony. Plus, visit a sake brewery, take a walking tour of Matsushima’s historic center, and visit the Godaido and Entsuin Temples. This small-group tour is limited to eight people.   


  • 6.5-hour tour of Matsushima's cultural and architectural highlights
  • Ideal for travelers looking to experience Japanese culture and history
  • Visit the Zuiganji Temple during a walking tour of Matsushima's historic center
  • See a sake brewery and taste green tea during a tea ceremony
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people

What You Can Expect

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

Seascape of Matsushima

Your tour begins at 10am outside of the Hon-Shiogama Station in Matsushima. From here, you’ll head to a green tea store to sample different high-grade varieties and a sake-based green tea cocktail.

Then, head to a sake brewery to learn about Japan’s national drink’s history and, of course, sample a few sake varieties. Your next stop is Kanrantei Tea House, where you’ll experience a tea ceremony surrounded by the intricate wall paintings of the Goza-no-ma room, usually closed to the public.

Following the ceremony, you’ll take a walking tour of Matsushima’s historic center and visit the Zuiganji Temple, declared a Japanese national treasure.

See, too, the Godaido and Entsuin Temple, and if time permits, visit the ancient Saigyo Modish pine tree. At 4:30pm, your tour concludes at Matsuhima-Kaigan metro station.

Please note: guests taking the tour on a Sunday, when the sake brewery is closed, take a sightseeing boat ride on Matsushima Bay instead.

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