Take a break from Tokyo’s bustle and escape to the historic treasure trove of Matsushima on this full-day tour, which includes a one-way bullet train ticket from Tokyo. Following a scenic train ride by bullet train, enjoy a green tea tasting session, visit a sake brewery, take a walking tour of Matsushima’s ancient temples, and experience a tea ceremony in the Goza-no-ma room, usually closed to the public. This small-group tour is limited to six people.
For 6:45am, make your way to Tokyo Station and head to the Tohoku bullet train platform in order to catch the 7:16am service to Matsushima. On arrival at Hon-shiogama station, you’ll greet your guide at the ticket barrier and begin your full-day tour.
Your first stop is a green tea store, where you’ll sample different varieties of tea and try a sake-based green tea cocktail. Then, head to a sake brewery to discover the brewing secrets behind Japan’s national beverage and, of course, to taste sake samples.
Break for lunch (own expense), choosing to enjoy local delicacies such as sushi, seafood, and oysters before experiencing a tea ceremony at Kanrantei Tea House. Your ceremony takes place in the Goza-no-ma room, an elaborately decorated space not usually open to the public, and involves drinking green tea while overlooking Matsushima Bay.
Your tour culminates with a walking tour, during which you’ll visit top Matsushima attractions including Zuiganji Temple, the Godaido Temple, the Entsuin Temple, and, if time allows, the ancient pine tree of Saigyo Modoshi.
The tour concludes at Matsuhima-Kaigan station at 4:30pm.