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We look forward to welcoming you back to Tohoku as soon as possible. In the meantime, please stay safe and well!
~ Inoutbound Sendai Matsushima Inc.
Every year on the third Sunday of July, the summer sky lights up with hundreds of fireworks over the port city of Shiogama. The event marks the evening before the annual ‘Minato Matsuri’ festival of Shiogama Shrine, one of the ‘Three Great Boat Festivals’ of Japan.
Thousands of locals and visitors from around Japan will gather to watch the exciting fireworks display and enjoy some local food and sake! Whilst the atmosphere on the shore is certainly buzzy and exciting, by far the best view of the fireworks in from the water!
On this tour you’ll have a chance to experience the best of both worlds!
After exploring the festival action on the shore you’ll head to nearby Shichigahama where a local boat will be waiting to take you and your friends out on the water.
Along with the incredible view, enjoy the taste of the region with a local ‘obento’ style picnic dinner washed down with some local Japanese sake!
Bring some friends or come ready to make some new ones. Experience summer festival season like the locals!
Meet at the ticket gates of Hon-Shiogama Station. Your guide will be waiting for you, holding the Tohoku Local Secret Tours logo:
Spend some time looking around the festival area by the port.
Maybe sample some street food and take in the atmosphere!
Head back to the station and jump on a local train to Tagajo Station, where the local boat captain will be waiting to take you to the boat!
Set out on the boat from Shichigahama to the ideal viewing position on the water!
Sit back and relax as the action begins!
Whilst the fireworks light up the summer sky over head, enjoy a local ‘obento’ style picnic dinner with a selection of local sake.
(Fireworks display will last from 20:00-20:50)
After the grand finale and end of the fireworks show, head back to shore.
Your friendly captain will take you back to JR Tagajo Station.
Tour ends at Tagajo Station (20 mins back to Sendai Station).