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Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Step back in time on a history tour
Perfect for all ages and skill level
Small group ensures personal service
Day 1 [D]: Arrive at Tokyo Station before 11:50 a.m. (recommended), and look for Tohoku bullet train (shinkansen) platform.
At 12:20 p.m., your bullet train departs from Tokyo Station. Arrive at Sendai Station at 1:52 p.m., and change to JR Senseki Line (you have approx. 30 minutes for transfer). Your local train departs at about 2:16 p.m. from Sendai Station.
At 2:54 p.m., arrive at Nobiru Station and your friendly driver will be waiting for you at the ticket gate. Transfer to the homestay for check-in. Your homestay, also called "minshuku" in Japanese, is hosted by a local fisherman family. Experience the traditional Japanese-style room with tatami floor and spend some time interacting with your friendly hosts.
Take it easy for two hours. You can go biking (self-guided) in Oku-Matsushima. Bike along the coast line and see the beautiful scenery, or stop by some sightseeing attractions, such as Jyomonmura Village Museum, Mt. Otakamori, Saga Valley, and more. Ask your host family for recommendations and directions for Jyomonmura Village Museum, Mt. Otakamori, Saga Valley, etc. Or you can simply relax in your comfortable Japanese-style room until dinner time.
Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner at 6 p.m. with your host family. Take this rare opportunity to ask the locals about Japan, Matsushima, and everything else. You will be accompanied by an English interpreter who can assist you with the communication.
Day 2 [L]: At 9 a.m., start your day with a unique fishing experience with a local traditional fishing expert and learn some fishing techniques, such as surf fishing, net fishing, basket fishing, etc. Then at 12:30 p.m., enjoy the freshest seafood BBQ with local fish and ingredients.
At 2:30 p.m., take a guided biking tour in Matsushima, and visit some of the most popular attractions including Zuiganji Temple (National Treasure and Important Cultural Property), Godaido Temple (Important Cultural Property), Entsuin Temple and, if time allows, the Pine Tree of "Saigyo Modish".
Your tour concludes at 5:30 p.m., and you will be transferred to Nobiru Station for your onward journey.
Local guide (after arrival in Matsushima)
English translator during dinner and fishery experience
One-way bullet train ticket from Tokyo Station to Sendai Station (mailed to your hotel in Tokyo)
One-way local train ticket from Sendai Station to Nobiru Station (pickup at Sendai Station)
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Guided biking tour on Day 2
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Return ticket to Tokyo
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Minimum age is 10 years
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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
You will take the train from Tokyo to Nobiru Station in Matsushima on your own and your guide will meet you at Nobiru Station (Details will be provide on the voucher after your booking is confirmed)
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at checkout
Please arrive at Tokyo Station by 11:50 AM (recommended)
Your bullet train departs from Tokyo Station at 12:20 PM (as Tokyo Station is a big station and can be quite confusing, it is recommended for you to arrive at least 30 mins before the train departure time)
Nobiru station (You will have a ride to Nobiru station.)
If optional tour is selected, the tour concludes at Matsushima kaigan station.