SENDAI Hikari no Pageant (Sendai Pageant of Starlight)
- The 31st Sendai Pageant of Starlight is themed on "The lights of love connecting to the future." This event aims to appreciate for various support and cooperation extended to Sendai in the past and provide opportunities where visitors feel various love to their families, love to their lovers and precious persons, love to their communities and feelings of caring someone under the pageant’s lights in which wishes and love of many people are contained. The organizer would like to implement the 2016 Sendai Pageant of Starlight to make visitors have the feeling of cherishing their important persons and the feeling of appreciating the town where they were born and are being made live and to make visitors smile naturally with the warm feeling under the gentle pageant light.
Jozenji Dori Street (Higashi-Nibancho Street～City Hall)
Aone Onsen Yukiakari (Aone Hot Spring Snow Light Festival)
- Surrounded by Miyagi Zao mountains, Aone hot spring is known as a hot-spring cure place of the Date Family, where every load frequently visited. “Aone Hot Spring Snow Light Festival” is a romantic festival unique to a quiet hot spring in the snow-bound mountains in winter season. The venue is specially prepared (around the Aone Children's Park), where community people and children make many miniature shrines with snow and light candles in the shrines. Please enjoy, with your girlfriend/boyfriend or family members, a mystical winter night woven together by candle lights and pure white snow. After warming your mind with faint candle lights, it is recommended to warm your body with public bathhouse nearby. Hot tonjiru (pork miso soup) and hand-made miso konnyaku (konnyaku yam cake with dengaku miso sauce) are also served (first 650 persons to be served each).
9-1 Aone Onsen, Kawasaki-machi, Shibata-gun, Miyagi
Matsushima Oyster Festival
- A festival where you can savor oysters, a winter delicacy of Matsushima.
Matsushima Park Carpark No. 5
A Tour to Enjoy Juhyo of Miyadi Zao
- It is a tour to enjoy the art of worldwide hard-to-find natural phenomenon "Juhyo" with the interesting and fun talk of the exclusive guide staff, using passenger snowmobile equipped with cabin and heater. "Juhyo" is a mysterious object and can only be seen in limited areas in Japan such as Zao, Hakkoda in Aomori, and Hachimantai in Akita. In order to grow this "Juhyo," conditions such as the existence of trees, winter-type weather conditions, snowfall amount, and with or without a lot of supercooled water droplets are essential. Miyagi Zao meets these harsh conditions; furthermore the trees are growing in clusters in there, so you can see "Juhyo" in a vast tree ice field with large panorama. In bad weather, you can experience the tremendous blizzard of the location of 1600 meters above sea level and a freezing temperature of 10 degrees Celsius which is essential for growing Juhyo. You can casually enjoy the splendid natural beauty of Juhyo field where worldwide hard-to-find Juhyo is growing in clusters, from small children to the elderly.
Kuraishidake Kokuyuchi-nai, Togatta Onsen, Zaomachi, Miyagi
Hote Matsuri (Hote Festival)
- TheShinto ritual of early spring at Oshu Ichinomiya Shiogama Shrine is the Shiogawa Shrine Hote Festival which is called as one of the three wildest festivals carrying a portable shrine in Japan. It was originally the Shinto ritual of purifying a portable shrine on New Year and began as fire prevention festival, but it was later called as “Hote Matsuri” associated with ocean. At present, the portable shrine is paraded around for expelling evils and wishing prosperity. The highlight of this parade is the departure where 16 young persons carry one-ton portable shrine and descend down a steep hill of the Omotesando ground (so-called Otokozaka) that contains 202 steps. The visitors hold their breath with the tense feeling generated by the carriers. The visitors will also be highly impressed with the impact of the way the portable shrine ascends back up the Omotesando. On the day, a port town Shiogawa bustles with activities all day, such as the parade within the city followed by gorgeous attendants over 500 persons and children procession. It is a gorgeous festival and now becomes a spring tradition for the citizens.
Premises of Shiogama Shrine～Inside of Shiogama City, Miyagi
Osaki Hachimangu Dontosai Festival
- The Matsutaki Festival of this shrine has a history of 300 years and is the largest new year countdown in the whole of Japan. It is an event held to burn offerings of new year's decorations and old amulets etc. and is also known as "Sagicho" generally in other areas or "Dondoyaki" due to the strength of the fire. On the night of Jan 14, New Year's pine decoration and Shinto ropes etc. gathered at one corner of the grounds from the surrounding country are lighted up in flames by a "imibi" around sunset. As a "gojinka" to see off the gods who visited each household during the new year, this fire is said to purify the minds and bodies of those who come into contact with it and to keep their families safe and healthy for the year. A custom called "hadakamairi" where people visit the shrine aiming for the "gojinka" naked in winter used to be practiced as well. Already established by the middle of the Edo Period, this practice is said to have been started by sake brewers who visited the shrine to pray for the sake to be brewed safely as they entered into preparations in the intense cold. Even now, thousands of pilgrims wearing a white towel around their heads and a white cloth around their waists, holding a piece of "fukumigami" paper in their mouths to refrain from small talk and with their left hand holding a paper lantern and their right hand holding a bell come to pay homage from all over the city, becoming a well-known seasonal event of Sendai, the City of Trees.있는 분들까지 무리 없이 즐기실 수 있습니다.
4-6-1, Hachiman, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture
Shikama no Fuyu★Illumination 2016 (Winter in Shikama★Illumination 2016)
- The third illumination event in Shikama. In addition to the lighting ceremony on the first day, an exhibition event is planned to be held on December 11.
41 Aza Kitayachi, Shikama, Shikama-cho, Kami-gun, Miyagi
Shibata Fantasy Illumination 2016
- The night sky in the winter is adorned with illumination around the Funaoka Joshi-Koen Park this year again.
95-1 Tateyama, Oaza Funaoka, Shibata-machi, Shibata-gun, Miyagi
Stardust Pageant Umihotaru 2016 (Stardust Pageant Sea-Firefly 2016)
- “Umibotaru (Sea-Firefly)” is the winter event of Onagawa. About 45,000 LED light bulbs gorgeously adorn the square in front of the station.
477-59 Aza Ohara, Onagawahama, Onagawa-cho, Oshika-gun, Miyagi
Ishikoshi Fuyu no Matsuri (Ishikoshi Winter Festival)
- Donto-sai festival and winter fireworks are held at the Ishikoshi Sogo Undo Koen (Ishikoshi General Sports Park). At the venue, stalls are lined and the atmosphere is different from other Donto-sai festivals.
122-1 Aza Yahagi, Minamigo, Ishikoshi-machi
Sanbongi Donto-sai Festival
- The festival marks the 24th this year. Naked Pilgrimage starts with launch of fireworks at 7:00 pm as a cue and undergoes a purification ceremony at Yasaka Shrine.
11-7 Wakamiyamae, Iwakiri, Miyagino-ku, Sendai-shi Miyagi
Gogota Donto-sai Festival
- The festival is held at Yamanokamisha Shrine located about 2km from Kogota Station. Naked Pilgrimage is also held and many visitors come from neighboring towns and villages. The shrine is known as a deity that brings benefits especially in the realms of good marriages, pregnancy, easy delivery and for people who engage in work in mountains. In addition to such benefits, “Komochi-manjyu confection (Yamanokami-manjyu confection)” which came out in around 1897 is liked by the visitors as a souvenir commemorating the visit.
37 Ushikaisainodai, Misato-machi, Toda-gun, Miyagi
- It is a hibuse matsuri (fire prevention festival) which is said to have been continuing since 1783 at Naburi area of Ogatsu town. It is a ritual event held on January 24 (new calendar) every year by the Naburi Akiba Shrine Parishioners Association.
Naburi, Ogatsu-cho, Ishinomaki-shi