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Matsushima and Shiogama Cultural Tour Including One-Way Train Ticket from Tokyo

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to Tokyo Station and head to the Tohoku bullet train platform in order to catch an early morning train 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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hon-Shiogama Station, 15 Kaigandori, Shiogama, Miyagi 985-0002, Japan
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Duration
    6h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Local guide (after arrival in Matsushima)
    • Tea ceremony experience
    • Green tea tasting
    • Local original sake-based cocktail tasting (minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years)
    • Entry/Admission - Zuiganji
    • Entry/Admission - Godaido
    Exclusions
    • Return ticket to Tokyo
    • Food and beverage, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years
    • Group discount is available
    • Important: The bullet train ticket will be mailed to your accommodation in Tokyo. Please make sure to provide the address of your accommodation at checkout
    • The sake brewery is closed on Sunday and National holidays; the itinerary will be replaced with a short sightseeing boat ride in Matsushima Bay where you will certainly enjoy the beautiful landscape from the boat
    • Photos are not allowed at the Goza-no-ma room of Kanrantei Tea House to preserve the historical wall paintings as an important cultural property of Japan
    • You will take the train from Tokyo to Hon-shiogama station on your own and your guide will meet you at Hon-shiogama station
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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