Justin Velgus

Matsushima Oyster & Sake Festival 2016

Enjoy two of the best local flavors at one location

Justin Velgus
Justin Velgus   - 2 min read

Matsushima has been written about throughout Japanese history as a scenic place of unmatched beauty. The pine-covered islands dotting the bay can only be made more enjoyable if they were being viewed while indulging in the local delicacies. Early February means the peak of oyster season. For over 35 years the seaside town has celebrated with its annual oyster festival. This year the oyster festival will be held from 10:00-14:00 on Sunday, February 7th 2016. Attendees can enjoy the large and juicy local oysters raw, steamed, or grilled at shops and booths around the ferry port area. Unfortunately, this year will not feature the popular grills to rent and use for groups to do your own barbecue.

Happening at the same time as the oyster fest is a sake festival on Saturday and Sunday. Pay 150 yen for a small or 200 yen for a bigger sake cup. Take your cup to various hotels and shops in the area to enjoy sake samples. Miyagi Prefecture is famous for its rice, a key ingredient of sake.

There are temples, islands that can be walked to, and plenty of shopping in Matsushima. The festival will have a free foot bath to use, or stay at one of the hotels to enjoy a proper soak in the hot springs.

Getting there

The festivals can be accessed via the Senseki Line from JR Sendai Station. Ride 30-40 minutes (local and express trains available), and get off at Matsushima-kaigan Station. The event venue is an easy 10 minute walk through town.

Justin Velgus

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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background ...