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Wondrous Wakame



Learn to harvest and process fresh wakame straight from the sea #na1000142

  • Ride out on a boat with Japanese fishermen and harvest wakame seaweed
  • Learn the tricks of the trade in an authentic apprentice experience
  • Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch with the local people of Iwate Prefecture
  • 7 hour total

  • English

  • Age 20+

  • 2 〜 5


Shinya KUBO

Hi, my name is Shinya Kubo, and before I became a fisherman, I was an architect and designer. After the Tohoku earthquake in 2011, wakame production became an important part of rebuilding our lives and livelihoods in Kamaishi. By applying my knowledge of swimming pool and water circulation system design, I’ve been able to create a new and efficient style of salting tank which I believe helps to boost production. Most people who come to the experience, even from quite far away, always want to return again, which pleases me. We have made many friends who have become family to us now in this way, and it’s lovely to work with young people in particular. It’s also delightful to see how amazed people become, both young and old, by how the wakame turns from brown to a brilliant green during the processing, essentially turning it from a harvested crop to a familiar food, right before their eyes. I think a lot of folks think that if they’ve had no experience before, they’ll not be of much use, but nothing could be further from the truth!

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Do you love the sea? Do you love wakame? Work with real fishermen in this authentic “apprentice” experience! Ride out in the boat to harvest seaweed and cut the precious thick, spiral-shaped “mekabu” from the rocks (it can be tricky, but so much fun, too!), then back to shore to boil, chill, and salt it, ready for market. No prior experience necessary!! You’ll feel pleasantly alive — and tired — after you make the day’s wakame, and your lunch, with fresh additions from the sea (ikaru, abalone, and of course mekabu), will be a welcome and warm experience with the joy of shared labor and wonderful stories between new friends. The Kubo family will welcome you with so much kindness, leaving you happy and satisfied, with a fascinating insight into wakame production, and with a belly full of the sea’s bounty!

  • Salting Wakame Down


  • Duration


  • Access

  • Participants Guests

    2 〜 5

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age


  • Conditions

    Available on Clear or Lightly Rainy Days

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.


  • Adults(12+)


  • Children(4~11)


  • Infants(~3)


Included in the Price

Experience, insurance, interpreter, light lunch, souvenir


  • Things to bring

    What to bring: Clothes that are easy to move around with, lunch (rice recommended, there will be some ingredients provided from the host)

  • Meeting Point

  • Additional Info

    Please note that your reservation with us may be canceled due to inclement weather conditions or heavy rain. If so, we will contact you at least one hour prior to your reservation via your original booking site.


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