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

Japan, Japan
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6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more


Discover the ancient cultural practices of Matsushima on a 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.   
  • Day 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
Your tour begins 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. 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.

Product code: 13441P74

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