This cycling tour in Matsushima is an excellent way to see and learn the history and local culture through visits to historical sites and local and unique experiences.
What to Expect
Matsushima has had a long history as a sightseeing spot due to its beautiful landscape; however, this place is also known as a historically important location for being a base of the shogunate during the Sengoku (Warring States) period.
This area is deeply associated with Masamune Date, the samurai ruler of the Sendai region who was known as ”Dokuganryu” (one-eyed hero), as he could only see with one eye.
This area was loved by Masamune Date as an excellent port and hundreds of islands and sunken rocks in the area prevented invasion by enemies. (Thanks to these islands Matsushima suffered relatively little damage from tsunami which followed the big earthquake on March 11th, 2011) After Matsushima became a base of the Date family, they built a number of impressive facilities. One of them, Zuiganji Temple, is registered as National Treasure and is known as a symbol of Matsushima.
These are just pieces of a rich and fascinating story. It is recommended to actually visit and feel the beauty of Matsushima.
With our tours, you will be able to touch and feel not only the history of Matsushima, but also the beautiful landscape and local culture. Beauty of Japan tours include numerous local and exclusive experiences that are unforgettable and like no other tour.
10:00 Meet a guide at Matsushima-Kaigan station
(About 40 minutes train ride from JR Sendai station)
10:15-11:15 Tea ceremony at Kanrantei teahouse (one of the Miyagi prefecture's tangible cultural properties)
Tea ceremony will be held in Goza-no-ma room, which is not open to public and photo is not even allowed to preserve historical wall paintings that is designated as an important cultural property of Japan; however, our guests will have a special access to this room and experience tea ceremony. You will enjoy Japanese traditional green tea with a stunning view of Matsushima bay.
11:30-15:00 Cycling tour with a lunch break
You will visit local historical sites by riding a bicycle. Great opportunity to learn about the "Date culture" and history while seeing the local lifestyle.
Spots to visit:
• Zuiganji Temple (a national treasure and important cultural property)
• Godaido Temple (important cultural property)
• Entsuin Temple
• Pine Tree of "Saigyo Modoshi"
• The local town, rice fields and so on.
You will have several options for lunch, such as sushi, yakiniku, local izakaya restaurant, seafood, oysters and shojin cuisine (vegetarian)
15:00PM-15:50 Ride on sightseeing boat
This is a short cruising of Matsushima bay. Enjoy the beautiful landscape from the boat!
16:00 Tour ends at Matsuhima-Kaigan station
- Tea ceremony
- Admission fee to facilities
What's Not Included
- Transportation costs to/from meeting point
- Food and beverages
Know Before You Go
• Please inquire with us if your party is 7 people or more
• When the sake brewery is closed, it will be replaced with a short sightseeing boat ride in Matsushima bay where you will certainly enjoy the beautiful landscape from the boat