Things to do / Traditional festivals

Miyagi: Matsutaki Matsuri (Dondo-yaki)

Bonfire Festival with a 300-year history to conclude New Year's season. New Year's decorations are burned in holy fire in prayer for prosperity and good health, following the ritual. The similar festivals of this kind are usually held around Jan. 14 at many other shrines throughout Japan.

Schedule & key events:
4 p.m.-

Location: Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine, Sendai, Miyagi

JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Sendai Sta. From there, take bus to Osaki Hachimangu-mae Bus Stop (20 min.)

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.