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.