Stars and Fireworks Illuminate the Night Sky – Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Festival, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture

What is Sendai City Like?

Sendai City, also known as “The City of Trees,” is characterized by its lush greenery with many street trees and natural surroundings like the Hirose River and Aoba Mountain near the urban areas.

In the northeast, you will find Sendai Port (Sendai Shiogama Port), which is a major port and a popular surfing spot in Tohoku. The southwest region is home to Akiu Onsen, the number one hot spring destination in Miyagi Prefecture. Additionally, to the northwest lies Spring Valley Izumigatake Ski Resort, the most visited ski resort in the prefecture.

Sendai is proud to call itself “Gakuto Sendai” (City of Learning) and “Rakuto Sendai” (City of Music). In China, it is known as the city where the famous writer Lu Xun studied.

Let’s Visit the Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Festival!

Location: Around Sendai Nishikoen Park

Date: August 5th

Access: 15-minute walk from Hirose-dori Station on the Sendai Subway 20-minute walk from JR Sendai Station, or a 10-minute drive from the Sendai Miyagi IC on the Tohoku Expressway

Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Festival Official Website

The Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Festival is held on August 5th, the day before the “Sendai Tanabata Festival,” which takes place from August 6th to 8th in Sendai City.

The Sendai Hanabi Matsuri, held on August 5th, is organized by the Sendai Junior Chamber and is officially separate from the Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, which is hosted by the Tanabata Festival Association and takes place in the days following. Therefore, it is treated as a distinct event in tourism guides and visitor statistics.

Despite being a separate festival, many locals, public institutions, and media outlets view the Sendai Tanabata Hanabi Matsuri as a prelude to the Sendai Tanabata Festival, often referring to it as the “Sendai Tanabata Festival Eve” or simply “Tanabata Eve.”

Every year, approximately 15,000 fireworks are launched during the festival. The fireworks are set off from Hirose River Nakanose Green Space Sports Ground, located along the Hirose River in the western part of downtown Sendai.

Due to safety regulations, only fireworks up to size 4 (approximately 12 cm in diameter) can be launched within the city center. The fireworks are created by Haga Fireworks Co., Sendai’s sole fireworks company, which has provided stunning displays for the closing ceremonies of both the Sydney and Beijing Olympics.

In addition to the dazzling fireworks that light up the night sky, Sendai, being the largest city in the Tohoku region, offers a stunning cityscape with a backdrop of numerous office buildings.

One notable night view spot in Sendai is the Sendai Castle Site (Aoba Castle Site).

Located in the western part of Sendai, the Sendai Castle Site, also known as Aoba Castle Site, sits atop Mt. Aoba. It is a prominent tourist destination in Sendai, attracting large sightseeing buses filled with visitors during the day. At night, it offers a vibrant view of the city’s skyline, illuminated by numerous office buildings.

On clear days, you can even see as far as the Pacific Ocean from this vantage point, making it a highly recommended spot for both day and night visits.

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