The spilling traditional Japanese cultural experiences are an excellent reason to visit Miyagi.When in search of decades-old handicrafts, sake brewed under hundreds of years of expertise, and seafood unlike anything you've tasted before, this prefecture is where you need to be headed. The region's countryside is famous far and wide for its beautiful rice fields, masterpiece hilly ranges, crazy seafood auctions, and unique landscapes and shrines.Stay over at a traditional farmhouse and get a feel of rural life among the locals, as you explore the charm of unspoiled nature!
When you next visit Miyagi, make time for the green city of Sendai, which holds a mausoleum dedicated to Date Masamune, the legendary feudal lord responsible for the rise of modern Sendai.The town is famous for its Sendai sake flavors, wide-ranging Koshu wines, and eco-friendly bamboo workshops that strive to leave a better tomorrow for posterity through green cutlery alternatives. Miyagi also has martial arts experiences for the interested, encompassing how to become a feudal ninja, complete with the ninja-yoroi (armor) and accessories!
Visit Miyagi for the countless cultural experiences, and stay for its many culinary delights and impressive views!
1. Enjoy breakfast on the calm morning waters of Matsushima Bay
Matsushima Bay offers quiet mornings on a glistening sea that takes away all your worries! Sip coffee as you drift in the warmth of a scenic sunrise and appreciate nature atop a boat.Also on the menu are delicious onigiri rice balls!
2. Green City Sendai: Morning hike
A guided Sendai day trip in the "city of trees" is the perfect reprieve away from modernity. Go bird watching in viridescent surroundings and enjoy the vantage point at Mt.Aoba, encompassing sweeping views of the metropolis in the distance!
3. Kimono walking tour of Matsushima
Dress in a beautiful kimono then have some matcha and wagashi in a teahouse neighboring the stunning bay of Matsushima.Aside from Matsushima sightseeing tours of ancient temples like Godaido temple and Entsuin temple, and photoshoots in the heavenly backdrop, the experience also entails fishcake grilling!
4. Eat tasty food and drink sake like a local in Sendai
Sendai tours of back-alley bars will teach you how to go about an izakaya.Gain a local's perspective into hidden food and Sendai sake joints, on a night adventure of boozy fun as you uncover three different Izakaya styles!
5. Kesennuma flavors: Sake brewery tour & expert pairing session
With more than 100 years of sake making experience under their belt, the Otokoyama sake brewery ensures alcoholic delight of rich taste and the highest order.A master brewer will show you the way of the sake, including how to make explosive flavor combinations that'll blow your mind!
6. Gastronomic discovery of Sendai's "Date" culture
Mix ingredients and spice your meal to taste over a traditional heart fire.You will learn the ways of making great traditional meals with local cuisine cooking classes that channel old recipes and conventional meal-making methods.
7. Connect with the local people and lifestyle in Miyagi countryside
Life in the Miyagi countryside is peaceful and highly desirable for its simple pleasures.Meet the friendly locals, prepare and share a meal then spend the night in traditional houses.Your farmhouse experience will entail tasty mushrooms and more!
8. NINJA training at a natural'power spot'
Do you harbor desires of becoming a stealth maestro with formidable sword skills? Take up this dream at a natural power spot, and learn the ways of the ninja from a master within the tranquil settings of the Akiu Otaki waterfall!
9. Discover Japanese tradition and good fortune at a local shrine
Experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in Miyagi in the beautiful outdoors! A tea master educates guests about its cultural relevance, and you'll later on visit a mysterious snake shrine. Don't be alarmed though; there are no snakes but only people praying for riches and good fortunes!
10. Earth-friendly art: Bamboo straw workshop
Champion the war for a better world by bamboo straw making on an eco-friendly handicraft.Create environmentally-conscious dishes and bowls for home use before enjoying the local Japanese cuisine.Make the planet safer; one straw at a time!
11. A rare dining experience in Tohoku's fresh produce capital: Sendai
Are you ready for a Sendai food guide'rare' challenge? The food in Sendai is so fresh that it entails raw beef, shark heart, and chicken! No time or minerals are wasted in cooking, and you get the complete scoop of pristine- and perfectly safe- ingredients!
12. Tuna auction & seafood breakfast at a fish market
For the best tuna haggling action, save the date for a Shiogama fish market auction! Switch up your breakfast with a seafood option and be privy to uniquely delicious Japanese omelets served alongside delicious soup and rice!
13. Immerse yourself in the culture and flavors of Japan's most scenic bay!
Matsushima Bay is legendary not only for its storybook sights but also for its culinary culture.Enjoy the unadulterated excellence of the Miyagi oyster straight from the horse's mouth as you cruise breathtaking scenery on a local fishing boat!
14. Vintage sake 101 at'Okei-chaya'
If sake were a subject taught in school, Okei-chaya would be the greatest of institutions! Deep dive into the world of vintage sake, and wade through the fragrances and colors that bring famous drinks to life! There are countless flavors of Koshu (grape wine) awaiting your indulgence!
15. Sake tasting & foodie tours in Shiogama
The Shiogama fish market aside, Shiogama is also famous as a sake and foodie paradise in general!While traversing the many sake retreats on offer, you'll also get a chance to learn about the town's rich seaweed salt culture and explore seafood and traditional treats like green tea and sweets!