My first shot at planning a tour! Kesennuma & Mt. Tokusenjo
This year, Kesennuma Tourism & Convention Bureau was granted the license to work as a tour operator, and I was charged with creating Kesennuma’s first-ever self-produced group tour. Weeks of planning finally culminated in “Fall in Love with the Mountains and Sea,” a two-day excursion which combines Kesennuma’s famous oysters and world-renowned sake with Japan’s best spot for azalea-viewing, Mt. Tokusenjo. Over the past weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing the best of Tohoku’s beautiful springtime with six guests from all over Japan, and even a visitor who had come all the way from the U.K.!
From planning to execution, doing a tour like this was not just a first for me, but a first for Kesennuma as well. Something that started out as just an idea on a piece of paper evolved into (hopefully!) a memorable experience for everyone involved. I know that it certainly was for me. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have met such a wonderfully diverse group of people, and I want to keep working to spread the word about the beauty of Tohoku’s coastal communities by planning more trips like this one.
A huge thank you to everyone who made this trip possible!