Shiogama Port Festival July 16 and 17, 2017
6Event of June
Located in the center of the Tohoku region facing the Pacific, Shiogama is a port city and the gateway to Matsushima Bay and the Urato group of islands. Set on a wooded hill overlooking the harbor, the magnificent Shiogama Jinja and grounds is the city’s historical and cultural center, Shiogama is located in Miyagi Prefecture about 25 kms north along the coastline from the capital Sendai and has a population of approximately 61,000. Tourist ferries depart daily from the harbor for the Urato islands that form part of the city’s area.
The centerpiece of the event, one of the three largest boat festivals in Japan, is the “Mikoshi Kaijo Togyo” (portable shrine cruise). The Ryuho Maru and the Hoo Maru, each carrying portable shrines representing the Shiwahikojinja and Shiogama jinja shrines, cruised outside the port surrounded by small fleets of fishing boats. Participants pray for safety at sea and big catches.
Shiogama’s real history began with the construction of the Jinja to mark its role as State port of nearby Tagajo Castle. However, the name of the city is derived from an ancient salt making ritual unique to the area(“shio”=salt, “gama”=cauldron).
Open day July 16 (Sun)
● Fair Square 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
● Fireworks 20:00 to 20:45
● Patrol boat “Matsushima”, survey vessel “Tenyo” for the general public
Festival July 17 (Mon-Marine Day)
● Portable shrine Maritime Togyo 10:30 ~
● Land parade 12:30 to 18:45
● For the boat experience embarkation 14:00 to 15:00
|Shiogama Port Festival July 16 and 17, 2017|
|When||July 16 and 17, 2017|
|Where||Shiogama Port Festival(map)|
|Description||Place : Shiogama Port|
Access : Railway
JR East Station timetable JR East
website (link to external site) please visit. Sendai-train between Shiogama
TIME REQUIRED FEE (ADULT)
SENDAI-SHIOGAMA (TOHOKU) About 16 minutes 240 yen
SENDAI-WEST SHIOGAMA (SENSEKI) About 26 minutes 240 yen
SENDAI - THIS SHIOGAMA (SENSEKI) About 28 minutes 330 yen
SENDAI-HIGASHI SHIOGAMA (SENSEKI) About 31 minutes 330 yen