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Tanabata Night Bus, Special Night Service

Sendai’s Tanabata Festival is a Japanese summer tradition, where bamboo branches are decorated with Japanese paper and sway in the breeze. The festival is three days long, during which the city of Sendai is decorated with over 3,000 bamboo branches covered in streamers and other beautiful decorations.

There are plenty of nighttime events, and the path and compound of Date Masamune’s final resting place, Zuihoden Mausoleum, are lit up with bamboo lanterns. A wide variety of events also take place, such as Japanese flute performances in magical locations, and forest concerts. Also, the Date Masamune riding on a horse statue at Sendai Castle is lit up, and there are nighttime military performances by the samurai entertainment group, Date-Busho-Tai.

If you want an efficient way of visiting all the nighttime events at the sites along the Loople Sendai route, we recommend using the Tanabata Night Bus.

Dates of operation
August 6, 7, 8
Fare
Single-ride – Adult: 260 yen, Child: 130 yen
  • ※One-day Loople Sendai Pass, One-day Pass for Loople Sendai and Subway, Sendai Marugoto Passes, Senior Passes, Fureai Passes can be used.
Route
Sendai Station →Zuihoden Mausoleum → Site of Sendai Castle → Jozenji-dori Ave. / City Hall → Sendai Station
  • ※Boarding and exiting is allowed at other stops along the route.
  • ※All buses will go around the route once and end at Sendai Station.
Length of ride
One loop is about 55 minutes (From Sendai Station, 15 minutes to Zuihoden Mausoleum , 22 minutes to Site of Sendai Castle)
Timetable
Leaving from Sendai Station from 5:40 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and running every 20 minutes.
Leaflet
Zuihoden Tanabata Night & Loople Sendai Tanabata Night Bus Leaflet (2016)PDF

※This information is regarding the 2016 Loople Sendai Tanabata Night Bus only.

Pageant of Starlight Bus, Special Night Service

The Sendai Pageant of Starlight is an illumination event run by the citizens and held mainly along Jozenji-dori Avenue. The zelkova trees that line Jozenji-dori Avenue are lit up with around 600,000 lights, creating a magical atmosphere.

The Pageant of Starlight Bus is a special service that runs throughout the Pageant of Starlight event, touring Jozenji-dori Avenue and the illuminated streets of Sendai. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to ride a specially lit Loople Sendai bus!

Taking a leisurely stroll around is wonderful, but why not enjoy the tunnel of light on the Loople Sendai?

Dates of operation
From December 9, 2016 (Friday) to December 31 (Saturday)
※Except for December 23, 2016 (Friday)
Fare
Single-ride – Adult: 200 yen, Child: 100 yen
  • One-day Loople Sendai Pass, One-day Pass for Loople Sendai and Subway, Sendai Marugoto Passes, Senior Passes, Fureai Passes can be used.
Route
Sendai Station → Aoba-dori Ichibancho Subway Station → Bansuisodo → Mediatheque → Jozenji-dori Ave. / Sendai City Hall → Hirose-dori Subway Station → Sendai Station
  • ※Pageant of Starlight Bus is a single-ride system. You must exit the bus at the last stop, Sendai Station.
Length of ride
One loop is about 50 minutes
Timetable
Leaving from Sendai Station from 5:30 p.m. then running at 20 minute intervals from 5:40 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

※This information is regarding the 2016 Loople Sendai Pageant of Starlight Bus only.

※For this year's event information, please ask the Sendai Pageant of Starlight Executive Committee.

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