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【Miyagi・Shiogama】Shiogama Minato Matsuri Boat Picnic

  • Beginners welcome - First try
  • Empty-hands OK
  • Meal included
  • Operate rain or shine
  • Possible number of bookings
  • Participating age
    Age 5歳 ~
  • Duration
    3~4 hours

Watch the colourful boat parade from the water!

✔ Watch the colourful ocean parade from a private local boat
✔ Avoid fighting the crowds for the best view
✔ Local 'obento' style lunch and local sake included
✔ Experience a Japanese summer festival like the locals

Shiogama’s ‘Minato Matsuri’ festival has been named one of ‘Three Great Boat Festivals’ of Japan, and is one of the most exciting summer events along Miyagi’s coastline.

Every year on the ‘Umi-no-hi’ (Marine Day) public holiday in July, sacred omikoshi (portable shrines) are carried from Shiogama Shrine through the streets to Shiogama Port, where they are loaded onto colourful festival boats called ‘Ryu-maru’ (dragon boat) and ‘Hou-maru’ (pheonix boat). Accompanied by traditional music and a huge display of colourful flags, the festival boats lead a massive parade of over 100 local fishing boats around the port and out into Matsuhima Bay.

On this tour, you can experience the highlights of the festival as the locals do! After exploring the festival action in town and watching the heavy omikoshi be carried down the 200+ front steps of Shiogama Shrine, you will board a local boat to watch the exciting boat parade up-close from the water!

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    Time schedule


    10:00 Meet at Hon-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line)
    10:10 Start of tour
    10:30 Walking tour of town area around Shiogama Shrine. Visit/pray at shrine.


    Sake appreciation lecture (40 minutes / 12:00)
    1)The history and culture of Japanese sake (connections with shrine etc.)
    2)How to best enjoy drinking sake


    Sake tasting and shopping at Urakasumi Sake Brewery Saura Co. Ltd


    Sake and sushi pairing
    13:40 End of tour

    Detailed information of this plan

    Required minimum number of participants 2 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 2~10
    About duration 3 hours
    Operating period **Finished** Thursday, July 23, 2019
    Assembly time 9:30
    Booking deadline Before 3 days​ ​

    Changing room Toilet
    Shower Parking

    Matters require attention If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.

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    Access - Map

    15-1, kaigandoori, Shiogama, Miyagi
    Assembly point

    Meet guide in front of the ticket gates at Hon-Shiogama Station

    If you arrive by train

    Hon-Shiogama Station is 30 minutes by JR Senseki line train ride from JR Sendai Station

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