Outdoor Tea Ceremony (with Snakes!)

Discover Japanese tradition and good fortune at a local shrine


The coastal city of Iwanuma, just south of Sendai, is a popular destination for local business people, CEOs and other local residents hoping to boost their finance and business prospects!

Why? It happens to be home to the mysterious ‘Kanahebi-sui-jinja’, a local shrine famous for its lucky ‘snake stones’ said to power-charge your wallet! 


But alas, money doesn’t buy happiness! Time for some spiritual reflection to find your inner peace…

After a guided tour of the shrine to learn about its fascinating origins, take your spiritual visit to the next level by also enjoying a traditional outdoor tea ceremony in the picturesque shrine grounds.

Using the fresh water that runs through the grounds of the shrine, your English speaking tea master will perform a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, explaining the cultural significance and meaning behind each element.


Time your visit in early-mid May and enjoy the incredible ‘nine-headed-dragon’ wisteria tree in full bloom!


Leave feeling spiritually (and perhaps financially) recharged!


*Inquire to request private transport from a location within Sendai City (optional extra).*


What’s Included

> Outdoor Tea Ceremony and workshop by English speaking tea-master (including matcha tea and traditional sweets)
> Guided visit to Kanahebisui-jinja (snake shrine)
> Private transport from Sendai Station area

Not included

> Any additional meals and drinks
> Anything not included in the above included list

Meeting place



Meet your guide at JR Iwanuma Station (around 20 mins on the Joban Line from Sendai Station). 



Your guide will drive you to Kanahebisui-jinja, also known as ‘Snake Shrine’. 

After arriving, take a guided tour of the shrine grounds to learn about the fascinating origins of the shrine and its mysterious powers of attracting good fortune. 

‘Power-up’ your wallet on the famous ‘snake stones’ – touching each one as you walk along the line – and make a prayer to the deity of the shrine for continued good fortune and financial prosperity!

Time your visit for early May and you might just be lucky enough to see the famous ‘nine-headed dragon’ wisteria in full bloom in the grounds of the shrine!


Meet your beautiful kimono-clad tea-master in the grounds of the shrine and sit down for an outdoor tea ceremony with traditional matcha green tea and Japanese sweets. 

Your English speaking tea master will teach you the cultural significance and meaning behind the different elements of the ceremony, and how to fully appreciate the way of Japanese tea. 

It is said that the tea ceremony can only be truly appreciated by engaging all five senses. Listen to the sounds of nature around you and smell the sweet fragrance of wisteria as you enjoy the taste and sight of the tea and admire the beauty and texture of the hand-crafted tea bowls. 


Your guide will take you back to JR Iwanuma Station where the tour will end. 


JR Iwanuma Station
10:00 ~ 12:00
2~6 persons
18000 yen (※approx. $160USD)
Sign-up Deadline
Reservations accepted until noon 3 days prior to start date
Cancellation Policy
Up to three days prior, no cancellation fee.
Two days prior: 20%
Day before: 30%
On the day: 100%
If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.


Basic Plan

Price 18000 yen (approx. $160USD)

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