Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Sendai is nicknamed the "City of Trees," which is easy to see why as you explore this vibrant city. Historic sites and museums dot the cityscape, allowing a glimpse into the region's storied past. From delicious street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, Sendai offers numerous ways to savor local cuisine as you browse boutique shops. Or journey outside the city to dormant volcanoes, rolling hills and relaxing hot springs to soak in the surrounding natural beauty.
Shore Excursion Sendai CRAFTS AND SCENERY OF AKIU
OVERVIEW - 4 hrs Estimate Duration
Visit a craft park where you will take part in a hands-on workshop and observe the gifted artisans. Upon arriving at the Akiu Traditional Craft Park, you will join a workshop and learn how to make a kokeshi doll, which you can keep as a memento. These wooden folk-art dolls were traditionally exchanged as tokens of friendship and held messages of hope and spirituality. They have only two pieces – a torso and a head. The facial features and clothing are painted on, which is where your creativity will be showcased. Following the workshop, you can meander about the other ateliers and watch the artisans craft items such as tansu chests, textiles colored with natural dyes and tea utensils. Outside, you will enjoy a panorama of a historic hot springs that feudal lords once used. You will also view Rairaikyo Gorge, a natural wonder with precipitous boulder-lined walls and a crystal-clear stream at the bottom.
• Participate in a hands-on craft workshop in which you will make a traditional kokeshi doll. • See artisans creating all sorts of traditional items at the Akiu Traditional Craft Park. • Behold the scenic beauty of Rairaikyo Gorge, a nearby natural wonder.
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