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Things to do / Traditional festivals

Miyagi: Sendai Aoba Matsuri

Festival featuring a parade of mikoshi, children in fancy attire and warriors followed by 11 Yamahoko and townspeople dancing Suzume Odori (local Japanese dance).

Schedule & Key events:
● May 18
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Suzume Odori in Simin Hiroba (civic open space), Motokajicho Park and other sites in the city
● May 19
from 9 a.m.: mikoshi leaves Aoba-jinja Shrine to join Jidai-emaki Junko procession
11:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Parade of mikoshi, Yamahoko and Suzume Odori on Ichibancho Street, Higashi-Nibancho Street and Jozenji Street

Location: Simin Hiroba,, Sendai, Miyagi


Access:
JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Sendai Sta. From there, take Namboku Subway Line to Kotodai-koen Sta.


Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.