IWATE: Underwater Mariage ~ Oysters & Sake

A unique pairing of oysters and sake, both matured under the sea!

This unique experience program allows visitors to experience two of the Sanriku coast's most favoured local products: fresh oysters and highquality sake, with a twist! In Rikuzentaka, local sake brewers and oyster farmers have been working together to perfect a new, original way of maturing sake...under the ocean! Bottles of local sake are attached to the bottom of oyster pots and submerged together into the sea. It might sound unbelievable, but the stable temperature of the ocean currents not only creates the ideal conditions for cultivating oysters, but also for storing sake and wine – like nature’s best wine cellar!

During this program, visitors will jump aboard a local fishing boat and watch as the oysters and sake are pulled-up from the ocean. Once back on shore, learn how to shuck an oyster with a local fisherman before indulging in a grilled oyster feast paired with the ocean-matured sake! Visitors will also be gifted with a tasting-set of both fresh sake (genshu) and matured sake so they can compare the difference in flavours at home. Enjoy interacting with the friendly locals while savoring the delicious flavours of the Sanriku coast!

Operating hours: 10:00 – 19:00

Tour duration: 2 hours

ACCESS:

From Ichinoseki, take the JR Ofunato Line to Kesennuma (about 80 mins) and change to a JR bus to Rikuzentakata (about 30 mins).

RECOMMENDED PLAN

Add an overnight stay at a hot-spring inn in Ofunato Onsen. Enjoy beautiful views of the Sanriku coast from the outdoor baths!

LOCAL SECRET!

HAKONEYAMA TERRACE CAFÉ

While in town, why not call in to the beautiful 'Hakoneyama Terrace' café (a 10 minute drive from Hirota Bay)? Sip on freshly roasted coffee as you soak up the sun on the terrace deck overlooking the Pacific.

Hours:

- Terrace/Cafe: 10:30 ~ 17:00

- Bar: 17:00~21:00

Address:

029-2207  1-232 Myoga, Otomachi, Rikuzentakata, Iwate

 

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