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【Akita・Miyagi】Star Festival Duo: Akita Kanto & Sendai Tanabata

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

Two of Japan's largest summer festivals in two days

✔ Watch as festival performers balance 15m bamboo poles adorned with paper anterns
✔ Wear traditional 'Yukata' and walk through forests of Tanabata decorations
✔ Find your inner peace during Zen meditation at a UNESCO World Heritage temple
✔ Dine on local food cooked by a private chef and taste local Japanese sake

Experience first-hand two of Japan’s largest summer festivals – Akita’s Kanto Matsuri and Sendai’s Tanabata!

Both festivals share their origins in the ancient Chinese star festival, but each has developed into its own unique and exciting personality over the centuries.

First up is the incredible acrobatic performance of Akita’s ‘Kanto Matsuri’ (pole lantern festival). Kanto performers carry long bamboo poles (some up to 15m) adorned with lanterns, balancing them precariously on their palms, shoulders, foreheads – you name it – all to the sound of traditional music and taiko drumming.

In contrast, Sendai’s Tanabata festival is much more subdued but certainly no less colourful! Hundreds of giant ‘Fukunagashi’ decorations made from traditional rice paper are displayed throughout the city, turning the busy shopping arcades.

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    Meet at Higashi-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line).


    Breakfast at Shiogama Wholesale Fish Market (Nakaoroshi Market). Make your own ‘Kaisen-don’ (Seafood Bowl) by choosing your favourite toppings from the fresh seafood on sale at the market.


    Taxi into the Shiogama town area for a foodie walking tour.


    Foodie Stop 1: Doraemon’s favourite sweets ‘Dorayaki’ (sweet pancake filled with red-bean cream) at Shiogama’s famous ‘Kasho Eitaro’ store, established over 100 years ago (1909).


    Foodie Stop 2: Sake tasting at Urakasumi Sake Brewery. Taste and compare three different local sakes from one of Miyagi Prefectures finest breweries.


    Foodie Stop 3: ‘Kamaboko’ fishcake from local specialty store ‘Abehei Kamaboko’. Here we will pick up some freshly made fish-cakes and save them for pairing with sake at Foodie Stop 4!


    11:10 Visit the mysterious ‘Okama-jinja’ Shrine, with ancient salt pots that can predict disasters!


    Foodie Stop 4: More sake tasting at ‘Kumakyu’ local liquour store. Here you can pair your tasty Kamaboko fishcake with a well-matched sake!


    Foodie Stop 5: ‘Five-coloured Dango’ (sweet rice dumplings)


    Foodie Stop 6: Mini-gelato from ‘Ota-ya’ Miso and Soy Sauce specialty store (since 1845). Yep, that’s right! Choose from Shiogama sea-salt or miso flavoured gelato for a salty-sweet surprise!


    Foodie Stop 7: Green Tea tasting with a twist at ‘Yabe-en’ tea shop. Learn new ways to enjoy various varieties of green tea from tea-master-come-cocktail-extraordinaire Yabe-san.


    Return to Hon-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line). End of tour.

    Detailed information of this plan

    Required minimum number of participants 2 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 2~4
    About duration Two days, one night (August 5-6)
    Operating period **Finished** August 5 -6 2019
    Assembly time TBA
    Booking deadline 7日前 11時59分まで

    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

    Nakasugasawa, Kakunodate-machi, Senpoku city, Akita
    Assembly point

    JR Kakunodate Station

    If you arrive by train

    From Tokyo Station by the Tohoku Shinkansen,
    it takes about 185 minute to Kakunodate Station

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