FEEL THE TRADITION THROUGH FIVE SENSES
The Kabukiza Theatre is not only a place to watch Japanese traditional performing art, Kabuki performances, but also to be able to experience Japanese cultures in various ways. After participating in a `Tea ceremony` there, you will visit to Matsushima, one of the Three Most Scenic Spots of Japan. It is simply overwhelming. This new experiences on this trip will excite all of your senses.
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John F. Kennedy International Airport
The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.
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Tea Experience @ Jugetsudomore
Adjoining the rooftop garden on the 5th floor of Kabukiza Tower is Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza, a café specializing in Japanese tea, enclosed by 3000 pieces of bamboo. Experience Japanese tea here, through a tea experience program that introduces you to the first steps of the tea ceremony in two languages, Japanese and English, in a way that is easy to understand. Learn how to make (tatekata) and drink matcha in practical lessons, where each individual will be presented with a new matcha set. Enjoy using it when you get home.
Walk approximately 10 minutes → Yurakucho Line Shintomicho Station → Tsukishima
Approximately 15 minutes / 170 yen
A dish that represents the Shitamachi area of Tokyo would have to be monja-yaki! Monja-yaki was originally served by small-time candy stores and street stalls in Asakusa-Shitamachi. As the name suggests, it was apparently made originally by roasting the dough in the shape of characters. This evolved to become the modern-day monja-yaki. It was originally eaten at small-time candy stores as a snack by children. Today, Tsukishima Monja Street is the best place to visit for those who want to try monja-yaki in Tokyo. They are available in a wide range of varieties. First-time diners need not worry, because the waiters can roast the monja-yaki for you, and show you how to eat it. Come and enjoy a lighthearted meal and the taste of Tokyo Shitamachi that has remained unchanged since the old days.
Yurakucho Line Tsukishima Station → Yurakucho Station → walk approximately 3 minutes → Toei Mita Line Hibiya Station → Uchisaiwaicho
Approximately 20 minutes / 280 yen
Approximately 4 minutes' walk from Uchisaiwaicho Station
Sake Tasting Experience @ the Japanese Sake and Shochu Information Centermore
A facility for the promotion of 1700 sake breweries and authentic shochu breweries across Japan, the Japanese Sake and Shochu Information Center invites you to "see," "touch," and "experience" Japanese alcohol.
You can always taste over 80 types of sake at reasonable prices. The center also offers sets that enable you to compare the taste of various sake and shochu made with different raw ingredients, as well as new brews and seasonal sake such as warmed sake. Enjoy warmed sake in a traditional sake bottle with a sake cup.
Ginza Line Toranomon → Ginza
Approximately 5 minutes / 170 yen
Approximately 5 minutes from Ginza Line Ginza Station
Hotel Monterey Ginza
October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.
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Sendai Station is a central sightseeing location in Tohoku, and allows visitors to gain access to tourist attractions all throughout Tohoku. Yamadera, Matsushima, and Hiraizumi can all be reached within 1 hour by using JR train lines. Sendai Station has many souvenir shops selling Sendai specialties. The Gyutan-dori and Sushi-dori streets have a lineup of stores where you can eat beef tongue, a local specialty, and sushi. These shops have multilingual menus, making this a friendly spot for visitors from overseas. The zunda shakes served at the Zunda Saryo restaurant are a blend of special zunda green soy beans. It's an original shake with a fun bumpy texture that can't be found elsewhere. Be sure to give their delicious taste a try as they are freshly made at the shop.
Sendai Station to Matsushimakaigan Station
40 minutes/410 yen
As a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, Matsushima Bay has charmed a great many people since long ago with its picturesque scenery. Places like Entsuu-in Temple are illuminated, particularly in the autumn foliage season, to produce a wondrous atmosphere. The Kanrantei, where visitors can enjoy all-season macha green tea, is also highly recommended! Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Date Masamune Historical Museum, who helped build the foundations of Sendai, as well as the Yakigaki House, where visitors can have all-you-can-eat oysters, a Matsushima specialty, and even try oyster burgers. Before embarking on a sightseeing cruise through the islands, head to a high vantage point, such as at Saigyomodoshi no Matsu Park, to see the entire scope of the bay. It will add another level to your enjoyment of the cruise. At Entsuu-in Temple, the rosary-making workshop is popular.
Matsushimakaigan Station to Nobiru Station
19 minutes/240 yen
Oku-Matsushima is situated east of Matsushima, one of Three Views of Japan. With a landscape boasting wild coastal beauty, and a calm inland sea perfect for swimming and recreation, it is a popular tourist spot.
At the heart of Miyato-jima, the largest island in Matsushima Bay, towers the 105.8m Mt. Otaka-mori. The climb to the top takes about 20 minutes from the start of the mountain trail, and from the viewing platform over 260 islands floating in the bay can be seen, a stunning vista spread in front of you just like a beautiful painting.
The Reikan (beautiful view) from Tomi-yama and Yukan (enchanting view) from Ogi-dani in Matsushima-machi, and the Ikan (grand view) from Tamon-zan in the town of Shichigahama, together with the Sokan (magnificent view) from Otaka-mori, are known collectively as the Shidaikan, the four greatest views in Matsushima. Amongst these, Otaka-mori is especially popular with tourists who say that it makes Matsushima appear as a miniature garden.
Accommodation in Oku-Matsushimamore
If you want to enjoy the fantastical scenery of Matsushima Bay dyed red at dusk, we recommend staying at an inn or hotel and leisurely sightseeing. Try experiencing the warmth of the local people at a welcoming inn with excellent cuisine, fresh and delicious seafood, while viewing the scenery spread out before your eyes. You're sure to encounter something you'd love to come and see again.
Accommodation in Oku-Matsushima
Tsukihama Public Beach (Fishing Experience)more
At the southern tip of Miyato-jima, this is a popular place for families due to the relatively gentle waves. You can enjoy a range of experiences in the rich natural environment of Oku-Matsushima all year round, as well as activities such as the banana boats when the public beach is open.
Here you can savor Oku-Matsushima's natural world to your heart's content with an ocean experience, or experience fishing as taught by a working fisherman. Why don't you take up a challenge in the refreshing sea air?
15 minutes to Nobiru Station by taxi
Nobiru Station to Sendai Station,
55 minutes, 580 yen
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