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Event Roundup: November 2019

Like oysters or fall colors? Then this is the month to be in Miyagi

· Events,Autumn

1. Miyatele Ramen Live

ミヤテレラーメンライブ

Through November 4

Central Sendai

A ramen festival over on the laid-back east side of Sendai Station. The festival will be held in Tsutsujigaoka Park, best known for its cherry blossoms but pleasant any time of year. A total of 10 ramen shops from all over Japan will gather here, giving visitors the chance to compare ramen flavors from distant parts of the country in a way that's just not possible outside of a festival.

Dates: October 31–November 4

Hours: 10:00–20:00 October 31-November 3, 10:00–17:00 November 4

Details: mmt-tv.co.jp

Admission: Free (ramen from ¥800 per bowl)

Location: Tsutsujigaoka Park (榴岡公園). Map here.

Access: 2-minute walk from Tsutsujigaoka Station

2. Ryozen Autumn Leaves Festival

霊山紅葉まつり

Through November 4

Date, Fukushima

Mt. Ryozen is a locally famous holy mountain popular hikers, rock climbers and leaf peepers. The main trail is a loop around the flat part of the mountaintop, appropriate for hikers of all ages and ability levels. Those looking for a thrill can climb out onto the rocky outcroppings pictured in the photo above! During peak fall color season, a small cluster of food and local product stalls are set up near the trailhead, selling souvenirs and light meals to hungry hikers.

Dates: October 26–November 4

Hours: Festival 9:00–15:00 (trails open 24/7 but unlit at night)

Admission: Free

Details: city.fukushima-date.lg.jp

Location: Mt. Ryozen trailhead (霊山登山口). Map here.

Access: 43 minutes from Fukushima Station by bus, followed by a 15-minute walk. At Fukushima Station (福島駅), board Fukushima Kotsu (福島交通) bus bound for Soma (相馬). Alight at Ryozen Kodomo no Mura (霊山こごもの村) bus stop. Timetable here. (NOTE: Damage from Typhoon Hagibis may have affected bus operation along this line. Please confirm operation status with Fukushima Kotsu directly.)

3. Rairaikyo Gorge Momiji Path Light Up

磊々峡もみじのこみちライトアップ

Through November 10

Akiu area, Sendai

Photo by Roger Smith

The fall foliage lining the scenic Rairikyo Gorge in Akiu Onsen is illuminated, making for a mysterious and beautiful nighttime stroll. In addition to the light up, hot drinks and an onsen-water footbath will be offered.

Dates: October 26–November 10

Hours: 17:00–19:30

Admission: Free

Details: akiusato.jp

Location: Rairaikyo Gorge (磊々峡). Map here.

Access: About 50 minutes by bus from Sendai Station, followed by a short walk. From Sendai Station Ekimae Bus Stop #8 (仙台駅前8番のりば), board bus bound for Akiu Onsen (秋保温泉). Alight at Akiu Sato Center (秋保・里センター). Timetable here.

4. Sendai Cooking Meetup

November 1 & 15

Central Sendai

i-Sendai and Hostel KIKO have teamed up to create a series of fun, English-friendly cooking parties where you can learn Japanese home cooking. Open to locals as well as overseas visitors, these events are a great opportunity to to make new friends from all over the world!

Hours: 19:00–21:00

Fee: ¥1,500 adults, ¥1,000 students, ¥800 children ages elementary school & younger

Reservation: Required. Can book online in English. See link below.

Details: isendai.myshopify.com

Location: Hostel Kiko. Map here.

Access: About a 5-minute walk from Itsutsubashi Station.

5. Akiu Night Museum

秋保ナイトミュージアム

Through November 17

Akiu area, Sendai

Photo by Roger Smith

The spacious Tenshukaku Gardens offer lovely natural fall colors by day and an interactive, psychadelic light-up at night. In fact, the gardens won a Darc lighting design award for this creative illumination! There's also an on-site footbath where you can gaze out at the view while you warm up.

Dates: October 22–November 17

Hours: 17:00–21:00

Admission: Adults ¥500, ¥200 children ages junior high to 4,

Details: akiu.sizen.co.jp

Location: Tenshukaku Gardens (天守閣自然公園). Map here.

Access: About 60 minutes by bus from Sendai Station, followed by a 15-minute walk. From Sendai Station West Exit Bus Pool Stop #8 (仙台駅西口バスプール8番), board bus bound for Akiu Onsen (秋保温泉). Alight at Akiu Onsen Yumoto (秋保温泉湯元) bus stop. Timetable here.

6. Entsuin Light-up

円通院のライトアップ

Through November 17

Matsushima, Miyagi

Photo by Roger Smith

The beauty of the gardens at Entsuin Temple rival those of Kyoto, especially in autumn. During peak fall color season, the gardens here are lit up nightly to the accompaniment of relaxing live music, like koto and acoustic guitar. It can get pretty chilly there on autumn nights, so Matsushima Onsen has set up a limited-time footbath a short ways down the street from the temple. The footbath area is surrounded by food and drink stalls, a perfect combination to ward off that autumn-evening chill.

Dates: October 26–November 17

Hours: 17:30–21:00 (last entry 20:45)

Admission: Adults ¥500 weekdays (¥800 weekends & holidays), children ages elementary to junior high ¥200

Details: entuuin.or.jp

Location: Entsuin Temple (円通院). Map here.

Access: 5-minute walk from Matsushimakaigan Station

7. Nihonmatsu Chrysanthemum Doll Festival

二本松の菊人形

Through November 17

Nihonmatsu, Fukushima

One of the biggest and best chrysanthemum doll and flower exhibitions in our region! Contemplate the natural beauty of carefully cultivated mums, then enjoy the quirky charm of mannequins dressed in "clothes" made from these same flowers—a Japanese tradition, believe it or not! The theme for the doll displays this year is The Tale of Genji.

The event takes place at Nihonmatsu Castle, a popular sightseeing spot in its own right and designated a National Historic Site. To top it off, the mum festival takes place during peak fall color season there; stroll the park around the castle grounds to see beautiful seasonal foliage.

Dates: October 1–November 17

Hours: 9:00–16:00

Admission: ¥900 adults, children ages junior high & younger free

Details: nihonmatsu-kanko.jp

Location: Kasumigajo Castle Park (霞ヶ城公園). Map here.

Access: 17-minute walk from Nihonmatsu Station (二本松駅) or 10 minutes by shuttle bus. Shuttle bus timetable here.

8. Hand-drawn maps exhibition

やっぱり絵図がすき!

Through December 1

Central Sendai

An exhibition of hand-drawn historical maps. The highlights of the exhibition are the maps of the Sendai Domain dating back to the Edo period. Presented in chronological order, visitors can enjoy artistic yet factual visualizations of the evolution of the city throughout history. The exhibit also features antique maps of castles, samurai residences, and the world.

Dates: October 11–December 1

Hours: 9:00–16:45 (last entry 16:15)

Admission: Adults ¥460, high school students ¥230, ¥110 children ages junior high to elementary

Details (English): city.sendai.jp

Location: Sendai City Museum (仙台市博物館). Map here.

Access: 10-minute walk from Omachi-Nishikoen Station

9. Sendai Straw Art Exhibition

せんだいわらアート

Through December 7

Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai

A fun and eco-friendly art show. Straw left over from the rice harvest in the area is used to shape large sculptures. Better yet, the theme this year is dinosaurs! The event takes place at the agricultural and horticultural center Midori no Mori, where you can purchase locally-grown produce and potted plants.

Dates: September 15–December 7

Hours: 9:00–17:00 (closed Mondays)

Admission: Free

Official event page: sendai-nogyo-engei-center.jp

Location: Sendai Nogyo Engei Center Midori no Mori (仙台農業園芸センターみどりの森). Map here.

Access: 10 minutes by bus or a 30-minute walk from Arai Station. From Arai Station, board a bus bound for Former Arahama Elementary School (旧荒浜小学校) via Nogyo Engei Center (農業園芸センター). Alight at Nogyo Engei Center bus stop. Timetable here.

10. The Africa You Don't Know

知らないアフリカを発見しょう

November 2

Central Sendai

The African continent is phenomenally rich in nature and culture, but how much do you really know about it? Is most of it based on what TV newscasters or some wildlife documentary voiceover have told you? Come learn about Africa from people actually from there at this fun and educational (and English-friendly) event hosted by the African Association of Miyagi. Listen as AFAM members tell you what their home continent is really like, then enjoy African games, dance, and food together!

Hours: 10:00–15:00

Official page: afam-org.com

Location: Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai (日立システムズホール仙台). Map here.

Access: Across the street from Asahigaoka Station

11. Zao Highlands Daikon Picking & Cheese Fair

蔵王高原大根狩り&チーズフェア

November 23

Zao-machi, Miyagi

Good cheese is hard to come by in Japan. Lucky for us, we've got the Zao Dairy Center nearby! Come feast on their cheeses at this annual festival. A daikon-picking event is going on in the area at the same time. For ¥1000, you can pick as many daikon as you can fit in the large vinyl bag.

Hours (Cheese Fair): 10:00–16:00

Hours (daikon picking): 9:00–16:00 (November 2) 9:00–15:00 (November 3)

Admission: Free, daikon picking ¥1,000 per bag

Details: miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location (Cheese Fair): Zao Dairy Center (蔵王酪農センダー). Map here.

Location (daikon picking): fields in the Togatta Onsen Nanokahara area (蔵王町遠刈田温泉七日原). Map here.

Access (Cheese Fair): About 60 minutes by bus from Sendai Station, followed by a 30-minute walk. Board bus bound for Active Resorts Miyagi Zao (アクティブリゾーツ宮城蔵王), alight at Togatta Onsen (遠刈田温泉) bus stop. Timetable here. NOTE: Southern Miyagi was hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis and some roads are still blocked, which may affect bus service to the area. Please confirm the current status with the bus operator directly.

12. Tohoku University Festival 

東北大学祭 

November 24

Central Sendai

A large festival celebrating and showcasing the accomplishments of Tohoku University students. Features lots of food stalls, a wide range of musical performances, janken and bingo tournaments, and more!

Admission: Free

Official website (English): festa-tohoku.org

Location: Tohoku University Kawauchi Campus (東北大学川内北キャンパス). Map here.

Access: Next to Kawauchi Station

13. Mangattan Culture Festival

マンガッタン文化祭

November 24

Ishinomaki, Miyagi

What better way to celebrate Manga Day (of course you knew November 3 was a Manga Day) than to travel to the spaceship-shaped Ishinomori Manga Museum for their Manga Culture Festival? Pop-culture highlights of the festival include limited-edition 009-themed parfaits and manga-themed games, like bingo. The event also offers attractions for lovers of traditional Japanese culture, such as kokeshi painting and wagashi sweets.

 

Hours: 9:00–18:00

Admission: Adults ¥800, high school & junior high students ¥500, children ages elementary & younger ¥200

Details: mangattan.jp

Location: Ishinomori Manga Museum (石ノ森萬画館). Map here.

Access: 15-minute walk from Ishinomaki Station

14. Yakushi Matsuri

薬師まつり

November 3

Kurihara, Miyagi

A festival celebrating the power of Yakushi, the Healing Buddha. Hundreds of years ago, a member of the Fujiwara clan with an incurable illness prayed at a temple here to be healed and the prayer was answered! The highlight of the festival is a samurai parade reenacting the Fujiwara's journey and prayer here.

Hours: 10:00–16:00

Admission: Free

Details: miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Tsukidate Sogoshisho Parking Lot (築館総合支所駐車場, map here), shopping streets in the Tsukidate area (栗原市築館地区内商店街通り, map here), & Yakushi Ruriden (杉薬師瑠璃殿, map here)

Access: About 15 minutes by bus from Kurikoma Kogen Station (くりこま高原駅), or 45 minutes by bus from Ishikoshi Station (石越駅). From either station, board a Wakayanagi Line (若柳線) bus, alight at Tsukidate Sogoshisho-mae (築館総合支所前) bus stop. Timetables here.

15. Auto Test Challenge in Rifu

オートテストチャレンジ in 利府

November 9

Rifu, Miyagi

 

Anyone (20 or older) with even just a regular driver's license is invited to come try motor-sport driving at this new local event! No matter what the type, bring your car down to this fun, beginner-friendly course and try racing!

Hours: 9:00–16:30

Participation fee: ¥3,500 at the door (watching is free)

Reservations: Recommended but not required. Day-of registration is possible as long as there are still spaces available.

Official event page: ohshu-vcic.com

Location: Aeon Mall Rifu parking lot (イオンモール利府駐車場). Map here.

Access: 17-minute walk from Rifu Station

16. Taimatsu Akashi

松明あかし

November 9

Sukagawa, Fukushima

One of the Three Great Fire Festivals of Japan. "Akashi" means "light offered to the gods." At this 400+ year old festival, 22 ten-meter high towers of straw and wood are burned to the ground as an offering to the gods.

Hours: 11:00~ (towers are lit at 18:30)

Admission: Free

Official event page: city.sukagawa.fukushima.jp

Location: Taimatsu Akashi grounds (松明あかし会場). Map here.

Access: 26-minute walk from Sukagawa Station

17. Shiroishi Agriculture Festival

白石農業祭

November 910

Shiroishi, Miyagi

Come celebrate the Shiroishi area's agricultural industry at at the city harvest festival! There will be lots of delicious prepared food, and even more delicious fresh produce, available for purchase. In addition to local goods, specialty products from sister cities Ebina, Kanagawa and Noboribetsu, Hokkaido will be available. Adding the the festive atmosphere will be games and stage performances.

Even though Shiroishi was hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis this year, the city has confirmed they will still host this event as planned (details here). Come support the area's recovery by buying local products!

Hours: 9:00–16:00 (November 9), 9:00–15:00 (November 10)

Admission: Free

Official event page: city.shiroishi.miyagi.jp

Location: White Cube (ホワイトキューブ). Map here.

Access: 7-minute walk from Shiroishi-Zao Station or 19-minute walk from Shiroishi Station. A free shuttle bus is available from Shiroishi Station, see details here.

18. Autumn Mountain Song National Competition

秋の山唄全国大会

November 910

Wakuya, Miyagi

Yama uta are traditional mountain songs of Japan. Originally sung by farmers working the fields, they later also became used as a way to pray to the gods for a bountiful harvest. At this event, people of all ages from all over Japan gather to see who can perform these traditional songs the best.

Hours: 9:00~ (November 9), 9:30~ (November 10)

Admission: Free

Official event page: town.wakuya.miyagi.jp

Location: Wakuyacho Kinrofukushi Center (涌谷町勤労福祉センター). Map here.

Access: 8-minute walk from Wakuya Station

19. Gamo over there : A Doyoung exhibition

どよん展 蒲生ーover there

November 924

Central Sendai

Come see what post-tsunami Sendai looked like through the eyes of an artist. In June of 2011, just three months after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, photographer Doyoung began commuting from Seoul to Sendai. During his travels, he began heading out to Sendai's coastal areas with aid groups. He became particularly fascinated by Gamo, the neighborhood at the mouth of the Nanakita River. This exhibition is a restrospective of his photography in that area from 2011 to 2019.

Visitors are invited to linger over a cup of house-roasted coffee offered by the gallery as they peruse the exhibition.

Hours: 12:00–18:00

Details: kaikon-sendai.com

Admission: Free

Location: Studio Kaikon (スタジオ開墾). Map here.

Access: 9-minute walk from Oroshimachi Station

20. Rias Oyster Festival Karakuwa 

リアス牡蠣まつり唐桑

November 10 

Kesennuma, Miyagi 

A local festival celebrating the area's delicious oysters. Ultra-fresh oysters will be available in a variety of preparations, with stage performances by local artists to enjoy while you eat. Other kinds of local food and specialty products will be available as well.

Hours: 8:30–14:00

Admission: Free

Details: miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Schoolyard of Karakuwa Elementary (気仙沼市立唐桑小学校校庭). Map here.

Access: A 15-minute walk from Kesennuma Station, followed by a 25-minute bus ride, followed by a 5-minute walk. From Kesennuma Station, walk to Kesennuma City Hall (気仙沼市役所). The Kesennuma Shiyakusho-mae (気仙沼市役所前) bus stop is just outside. From the Shiyakusho-mae bus stop, board Osaki Line (御崎線) bus bound for Osaki (御崎). Alight at Isagozawa (砂子沢) bus stop. Timetable here. 

21. Wondering Travel Tour Vol. 5

ワンダリング トラベル ツアー Vol. 5

November 15 in Kawanishi, Yamagata

November 17 in Central Sendai

November 18 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi

A series of intimate concerts by a talented trio of local muscians: Hiroshi Suzuki on saxophone, Yosuke Tanaka on guitar and banjo, and Takefumi Kobayashi on percussion. Special guest performers will accompany the trio at the Nishikawa and Sendai concerts. For the Kawanishi show, it's Taketestu Taro, vocalist and leader of the hip local act Bakurocho Band. For the Sendai show, it's Fumiko Sengoku, a soprano vocalist and graduate of Miyagi Gakuin Women's University.

Kawanishi show (November 15)

Hours: Doors open 18:00, show starts 18:30

Tickets: ¥4,000 at the door, includes one drink

Location: Live Space Jam (ライブスペースJam). Map here.

Sendai show (November 17)

Hours: Doors open 12:45, show starts 13:30

Tickets: ¥4,000 at the door, includes free matcha

Location: Eru Park Sendai (エル・パーク仙台). Map here.

Access: Next to Kotodaikoen Station

Ishinomaki show (November 18)

Doors open 19:00, show starts 19:30

Tickets: ¥4,000 at the door

Location: La Strada (ラ・ストラーダ). Map here.

Access: 6-minute walk from Ishinomaki Station

22. Zuihoden Fall Colors Light-up

瑞鳳殿の紅葉ライトアップ

November 1517 & 2224

Central Sendai

Surrounded by a small forest, the Zuihoden mausoleum complex is atmospheric by day and otherworldly by night. Come take in the mysterious ambiance and fall colors at this autumn illumination.

Dates: November 15–17 & 22–24

Hours: 17:00–19:00

Admission: Adults ¥550, high schoolers ¥400, children ages junior high to elementary ¥200

Official event page: zuihoden.com

Location: Zuihoden (瑞鳳殿). Map here.

Access: 20-minute walk from Omachi Nishi-koen Station

23. Southern Hokkaido・Northern Tohoku Shokutabi Fest

みなみ北海道・北東北食旅フェスタin仙台

November 1617

Central Sendai

Eat your way around Tohoku and Hokkaido from the comfort of central Sendai at this gastro-tourism event. Details haven't been released yet for this year's event, but last year's featured about 30 food stalls selling branded local fare like Hakodate shio ramen, Imabetsu beef, Shibuta mushrooms, and a variety of local sweets. If this year's event is anything like last year's there will also be stage events, PR mascot meet 'n' greets, and prize giveaways.

Hours: 10:00–16:00 (November 16), 10:00–15:00 (November 17)

Admission: Free

Details: kotodaipark.com

Location: Kotodai Park Citizen's Plaza (勾当台公園市民広場). Map here.

Access: Above Kotodaikoen Station

24. Sendai Comiket #255

仙台コミケ #255

November 17

Miyagino Ward, Sendai

The final Sendai Comiket for 2019. Event organizers have dubbed this November gathering Dojinshi Day—a must-see event for true dojinshi fans! For more English-language info, check out our Sendai Comiket Report here.

Time: 11:00–15:00
Admission: TBA (usually ¥800). Purchase day of at event site.

Official page: youyou.co.jp
Location: Yume Messe Miyagi (夢メッセみやぎ). Map here.
Access: 15-min. walk from Nakano-Sakae Station

25. Shiogama・Katsurashima・Oyster Festival 

塩竈・桂島・牡蠣まつり

November 17
Shiogama, Miyagi

Come indulge in the local oyster and anago (conger eel) catch by enjoying them in a variety of preparations: curry, tempura, rice dishes, and more! Free grilled oysters and oyster soup will be given away to the first 200 visitors.

Hours: 9:00–15:00

Admission: Free

Event Page: facebook.com

Location: Marine Gate Shiogama (マリーンゲート塩釜). Map here.

Access: 9-minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station

26. Reiwa Nabe Gassen

令和鍋合戦

November 17

Tendo, Yamagata

Which nabe will reign supreme? Help decide at this nabe festival! Visitors are invited to sample various nabe, then vote for their favorite.

Hours: 10:00–17:00

Admission: Free entry, nabe fee separate

Official website: nabegassen.com

Location: Across the street from the Yamagata Sogoundo Park (山形県総合運動公園). Map here.

Access: 20-minute walk from Tendominami Station

27. Osaki Balloon Festival

大崎バルーンフェスティバル

November 2224

Osaki, Miyagi

The historical Iwadeyama area of Osaki City is also home to a hot-air balloon festival! About 30 hot air balloons from all over Japan will gather here for this very photogenic event. One of the biggest draws for visitors are the hot air balloon rides offered. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis, so arrive early and queue up if you want to go for a ride!

Hours: 6:30–15:00 (November 22 & 23), 6:30–12:00 (November 24)

Admission: Free

Details: miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Attaka Park (大崎市岩出山江合川あったか河川公園). Map here.

Access: 10-minute walk from Iwadeyama Station.

28. Matsushima Big Catch Oyster Festival in Isojima 

松島大漁かきまつりin磯島

November 23

Matsushima, Miyagi

An oyster festival hosted by the fishermen themselves! Sample fresh oyster cuisine and buy oysters direct. There will also be a grilling area set up where visitors can grill purchases themselves. Entertainment-wise, various stage performances will be offered . . . and even hot-air balloon rides!

Hours: 9:00–14:00

Official Facebook Page: facebook.com/isozima

Admission: Free

Location: Next to the Isozaki Fishermen's Association building (磯崎漁業組合). Map here.

Access: 15-minute walk from Takagimachi Station

29. Ishinomaki Oyster Festival

石巻かきまつり

November 23

Ishinomaki, Miyagi

Did you know November 23 is Oyster Day (牡蠣の日)? Come out and celebrate it at a local festival! This Ishinomaki one is all about the oysters: from raw oysters to teppanyaki-grilled ones, you can get your fill here. Stage performances, like taiko drumming, provide visitors entertainment while they eat.

Hours: 9:30–14:00

Admission: Free

Details: city.ishinomaki.lg.jp

Location: Ishinomaki Suisan Sogo Shinko Center (石巻市水産総合振興センター). Map here.

Access: 45-minute walk from Watanoha Station

30. Juunen Harvest Festival

自然薯じゅうねん大収穫祭

November 2324

Marumori, Miyagi

Juunen is a kind of yamaimo tuber that grows well in the southern Miyagi area. "Juunen" means "ten years" in Japanese. The tuber is nicknamed that because it's so healthy that eating it is said to add ten years to one's life. The festival will feature juunen cuisine, a mini-imonikai and, of course, market stalls selling juunen and other local products.

Even though Marumori Town was hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis and suffered quite a bit of damage, they've confirmed this event is still on (details here)! Come and support their recovery by buying local products.

Hours: 10:00–16:00

Admission: Free

Details: miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Iki Iki Koryu Center Oouchi (いきいき交流センター大内). Map here.

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