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【Miyagi・Shiogama】Secrets of ‘Seaweed Salt’: Foodie walking tour

  • Beginners welcome - First try
  • Empty-hands OK
  • Meal included
  • Operate rain or shine
  • Possible number of bookings
  • Participating age
    Age 20歳 ~
  • Duration
    3~4 hours

Why so salty?
With a name like Shiogama 塩釜 (‘Shio’ (塩)= salt, ‘kama’ (釜)= cauldron/pot) it is no surprise that this small town in coastal Miyagi has a rather special relationship with salt. Whilst these days Shiogama is known for its local sake and delicious, plentiful seafood (it boasts the most sushi restaurants per capita in Japan), historically the town has also been known for its production of ‘moshio’ or ‘seaweed salt’.
Embark on a salty sojourn as you follow the story of salt making in Shiogama. Start the journey by discovering the ancient ties between salt and the Shinto religion. Visit a shrine with sacred salt cauldrons that house the Shinto god ‘Shiotsuchi-Oji’, who is said to have taught the local people how to obtain salt from sea-water, before making a prayer at the famous Shinto shrine.
Next, let your taste-buds do the traveling as you pair the umami-filled seaweed salt with local sake and Shiogama’s most well known local produce – fresh seafood!
Put the soy-sauce away and discover a new flavour sensations at one of the town’s most well-loved sushi restaurants and sake breweries.
Finish on a sweet note at Yabe-en tea house where a tea master w

Visit a shrine with salt cauldrons that predict the future!

Arrive at the mysterious ‘Okama-jinja’ shrine which houses ‘Shiotsuchioji’ , the deity of salt making, as well as four ancient salt pots (between 800 – 1000 years old) with mysterious future-predicting powers. The salt cauldrons have been named one of the ‘Three Great Miracles’ of Japan, for reasons that you’ll have to join the tour to find out…

Master sake drinking with an appreciation class and tasting at a local brew

Call-in to local sake specialty store ‘Kumakyu’ for a tasting session and sake appreciation workshop!
Learn about what to look for when choosing between varieties of sake, and even try pairing sake with local ‘moshio’ seaweed salt produced in Shiogama! Then put your newfound sake appreciation skills to the test by tasting three different varieties of seasonal sake at local brewery ‘Urakasumi’.

Pair your lunch of fresh sushi with umami-filled' seaweed salt' !

After all that drinking, you’ll be ready for some lunch!
Head to one of the many local sushi restaurants for a feed of fresh seafood paired with (yep!) more local sake and (yep!) more local salt!
Put away the soy-sauce and try seasoning your favourite pieces of sushi with a pinch of local ‘moshio’ salt for a new flavour sensation.

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    Time schedule


    10:00 Meet at Hon-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line)
    10:10 Start of tour
    10:30 Walking tour of town area around Shiogama Shrine. Visit/pray at shrine.


    Sake appreciation lecture (40 minutes / 12:00)
    1)The history and culture of Japanese sake (connections with shrine etc.)
    2)How to best enjoy drinking sake


    Sake tasting and shopping at Urakasumi Sake Brewery Saura Co. Ltd


    Sake and sushi pairing
    13:40 End of tour

    Detailed information of this plan

    Required minimum number of participants 2 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 2~8
    About duration 4 hours
    Operating period Everyday (except Sun)
    Assembly time 10:00
    Booking deadline The day before the activity until 10:59am local time.

    Changing room Toilet
    Shower Parking

    Matters require attention If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.

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    Access - Map

    15-1, kaigandoori, Shiogama, Miyagi
    Assembly point

    Meet guide in front of the ticket gates at Hon-Shiogama Station

    If you arrive by train

    Hon-Shiogama Station is 30 minutes by JR Senseki line train ride from JR Sendai Station

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