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【Aomori】Tohoku Summer Festival Marathon (August 3 – 6)

  • Beginners welcome - First try
  • Empty-hands OK
  • Meal included
  • Operate rain or shine
  • Children welcome
  • Possible number of bookings
  • Participating age
    5Age ~ 90 Age
  • Duration
    1 Day or more

Experience Four of Japan’s Largest Summer Festivals

Tour Highlights:
✔ Experience FOUR of Japan’s largest and most exciting Summer festivals
✔ Join the parade at Aomori's 'Nebuta Matsuri'
✔ Private transport and English speaking guide
✔ Local Japanese cuisine (Vegetarian catering upon request)

August in Tohoku is hot and the Summer festivals even hotter!
Tohoku is home to some of Japan’s most dynamic and exciting Summer events and traditions. Prepare to dance, chant and get lost in the hypnotic rhythm of taiko drums…

Your adventure starts with the colourful ornate festival floats of Hachinohe City’s ‘Sansha Tasai’ festival, the perfect warm-up for the next night of celebrations at Tohoku’s most famous summer festival, Aomori City’s Nebuta Matsuri!
Forget watching from the sidelines, here you will transform into a local Haneto dancer and JOIN the parade with the Aomori locals.

Next up is the incredible spectacle of Akita’s Kanto Matsuri (Pole lantern festival) where festival performers balance 12 metre high poles adorned with close to 50 lanterns on their foreheads, shoulders, hands…you name it!
Your summer festival journey will wrap up in Tohoku’s capital city, Sendai, during ‘Tanabata’ (Star Festival).


Join the colorful excitement as 27 giant festival floats parade the streets of Hachinohe City during the famous'Sansha Taisai festival '

DAY 2, DAY 3

Don't just watch, JOIN the incredible'Nebuta' festival of Aomori City! Don't just watch, JOIN the incredible'Nebuta' festival of Aomori City! Wear traditional'Haneto' dancer costume and dance behind the giant'Nebuta' festival floats with locals. Drive the'Aspite Line' Highland Road through Towada-Hachimantai National Park to the mysterious Lake Tazawa.Watch in awe as locals balance 12m high poles carrying up to 46 lanterns at the incredible Akita Kanto (Pole Lantern) festival.


Visit the temples and shrines of UNESCO World Heritage Hiraizumi.
Experience Sendai Tanabata (Star Festival) in the capital city of Tohoku.
Dress in traditional 'Yukata' and walk through forests of colorful Tanabata decorations made from rice-paper.

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    Required minimum number of participants 2 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 2~4
    About duration
    1 Day or more
    Four days, three nights (August 3 – 6)
    Operating period All-year-round
    Assembly time 14:30
    Booking deadline until 11:59 30 das ago

    Changing room Toilet
    Shower Parking

    Dress code - Must bring items 特にありませんが、冬場などは暖かい服装でご参加ください。

    Time schedule

    Meet at the stained-glass windows of Sendai Sta.

    Meet at the stained-glass windows of Sendai Sta. 12:30 Visit'Date no Komichi' local produce and souvenir area of Sendai Station to sample some local Japanese sake!

    Visit 'Sendai's Kitchen', Sendai Morning Market.

    Visit 'Sendai's Kitchen', Sendai Morning Market. This market is always buzzing with local shoppers and restaurant owners searching for the freshest local produce from the many fish-mongers, vegetable and fruit stands and specialty stores.

    Taiyaki store (fish shaped sweet pancake)

    Taiyaki store (fish shaped sweet pancake) You can enjoy Taiyaki across Japan, but Sendai's'Taikichi' store is famous for its unique filling flavours, including some Sendai-limited flavours like'Zunda-mochi' or even beef-tongue curry!


    Visit ‘Mitaki Fudoson’, a temple hidden within the busy shopping arcade. Hear the story of ‘Sendai Shiro’ and make a prayer for good fortune!

    Drop-in to Abehei Kamaboko

    Drop-in to Abehei Kamaboko Here you can try grilling your own Sasa-kama to enjoy it at its best – straight off the grill!

    Sendai's oldest department store, Fujisaki

    Sendai's oldest department store, Fujisaki After feasting your eyes on all of the tasty goods in the'Depa-chika' basement, discover another mysterious shrine in an unexpected location…

    Take a walk around Sendai Backstreet

    Take a walk around Sendai Backstreet Soak-up the retro vibes of the various hole-in-the-wall bars, restaurants and shops and take some notes for your dinner later!


    And it ’s off to follow the footsteps of Date Masamune himself by jumping aboard Sendai ’s ‘Loople’ sight-seeing bus.


    At the beautiful'Zuihoden', mausoleum of Date Masamune and several generations of the Date family. Enjoy the scenic location and decorative architecture. (Leave on the 14:55 bus)

    Ruins of Aoba Castle

    Ruins of Aoba Castle Enjoy panaromic views over Sendai City.Indulge in Date's favorite snack – Zunda (sweet Edamame bean paste) – in either a unique shake or on top of mochi rice-cake! (Leave on 15:42 bus)

    Osaki Hachimangu

    Osaki Hachimangu Walk through the shrine grounds to the main hall, a designated national treasure, to enjoy the intricate Momoyama style architecture. Make a prayer and receive your fortune! (Leave on final bus 16:43)

    Arrive back to Sendai Station. End of tour.

    Arrive back to Sendai Station. End of tour.

    Access - Map

    Aza tateda, Shirinaimachi, Ooaza, Hachinohe city, Aomori
    Assembly point

    Meet at Hachinohe Station

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