Visit Sendai: Best Foodie Tours & Cultural Activities

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Enjoy a Stand Up Paddle-Board Experience at Matsushima Bay with Delicious Breakfast (Coffee and Onigiri Rice-Balls) (SUP Lessons and transportation to and from Kokufu-Tagajo Station included)
Tagajo, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Take a Guided Walking Tour to Noted Spots Frequented by Local Bird-Watchers and Enjoy the View of the City from Mt. Aobayama (Tasty Breakfast of Onigiri Rice Balls and Fresh Tea/coffee Included)
Sendai, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Start Your Day with Fresh Air and Breakfast and Relish the Lush Natural Scenery of Mt. Aobayama Along with Your Outdoor Breakfast
Sendai, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Start your day surrounded by nature, minutes from the city centre! Enjoy a Light hike through the lush beech-tree forests of Mt. Aobayama and Replenish with local brunch at either Sendai morning market or a local cafe!
Sendai, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Get Dressed in a Traditional Kimono, Stroll Around the Ancient Temples of Matsushima, and Enjoy Matcha Green Tea and Wagashi Sweets at a Teahouse!
Matsushima, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Back-Alley Bar Hopping with a Local Foodie Guide in Sendai
Sendai, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Rub Shoulders with Locals at Recommended Sake-Bars and Pair Great Local Sake with Tasty Local Food with a Private English Speaking Guide
Sendai, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Take Your Taste-Buds on a Trip Around Sendai: Taste Local Sake and Enjoy the Delicious Local Delicacies of Sendai
Sendai, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Rare Local Dining Experience at a Sake Brewery with Over 100 Years of History: a Tour That Will Deepen Your Knowledge of Japanese Sake!
Kesennuma, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Visit the Local Brewery Otokoyama With a History of Over 100 Years and Taste the Passion Behind a Much Loved Local Sake Brewery with Master Brewer
Kesennuma, Miyagi

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.

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Enjoy a Prive Tour Around Sendai Highlights and Indulge in Delicious Local Cuisine and Whiskey Tasting Experience.(The tour price includes private transport, driver, entrance fees, and lunch)
Sendai, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Stay Overnight with a Local Family at Their Home, Experience Vegetable Harvesting, and Make Dinner Together and Learn Traditional Japanese Cooking Techniques.
Tome, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Learn How to Make Delicious Vegetarian Local Cuisine from the Locals Themselves: Vegetable Harvesting & Cooking Class
Tome, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Learn the Skills and Techniques from a Ninja Master in the Open Forest with an English Speaking Guide. Visit the Famous Akiu Great Falls, and Taste Delicious Local Cuisine with English Speaking Guide
Sendai, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Enjoy a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, Learn About Its Cultural Significance from Your English Speaking Tea Master, and Visit the Mysterious Snake Shrine!
Iwanuma, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Hand-Decorate a Beautiful Lacquered Bamboo Straw with Your Favorite Design and Enjoy a Lunch of Local Cuisine Served in Lacquer-Ware Bowls and Dishes (Vegetarian Lunch Available)
Osaki, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Visit Three Local'Izakaya' Style Bars Hidden Away in the Back-Streets of Sendai and Challenge Yourself with a Dinner of Raw Meat!
Sendai, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Visit the Site of Japan's Largest Landing of Fresh Tuna to Watch the Daily Tuna Auction and Have Breakfast of Fresh Seafood!
Sendai, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Jump aboard a local fishing boat and harvest Matsushima's famous oysters and Indulge in an all-you-can-eat oyster lunch at a local oyster-shack!
Sendai, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Enjoy a fishing experience on a boat with a local fisherman at Matsushima Bay! Cook up your catch at a BBQ and wash it down with some beer or local sake.
Shiogama, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Enjoy the Difference in Color, Aroma and Flavor of Old Sake with Japan's Number One Collector of Vintage Sake!
Kesennuma, Miyagi

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!

Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Sake and Sushi Pairing in Foodie Heaven Shiogama with an English Speaking Local Guide
Shiogama, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
The Ultimate Foodie Tour at the Sushi and Sake Paradise, Shiogama!
Shiogama, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Discover the Secrets of Seaweed Salt: Foodie Walking Tour
Shiogama, Miyagi
Inoutbound Sendai/ Matsushima
Explore the Coastal Gastronomic Paradises of Shiogama and Matsushima with a Private Guided Tour
Sendai, Miyagi

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