Sedette Kashima

Sedette Kashima

Sedette Kashima [せでってかしま] is a service area in Minamisoma City, in the coastal area of Fukushima prefecture.

The name of the facility derives from an expression in the local dialect, which could be roughly translated as “Bring me with you!”.

At the entrance, the service area has life-size replicas of Soma Nomaoi participants riding horses, and monitors showing photos of the festival.

There is a souvenir shop and a dining hall, places for drivers to rest, as well as a play area for children and a dog park.

At Sedette Kashima, you’ll find plenty of local crafts, souvenirs and traditional items from Minamisoma.

Sedette Kashima can be accessed using non-toll (local) roads.

 

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://www.city.minamisoma.lg.jp/portal/english/tourism/facilities/20818.html
Contact

Minamisoma City Secretary Division, PR Section
0244-24-5216 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Japan time, ask for Nate or Shelly).

Opening Hours

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dining hall: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (last order at 7:00 p.m.)

ParkingAvailable (Space for 50 vehicles available)
Entrance FeeFree
Access Details
Access212-1 Mominokizawa, Kashimaku Ukita, Minamisoma City, Fukushima Pref.
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Getting there

By Car: Approx. 1 hour drive from Fukushima Station [福島駅].

Approx. 3 hour 10 minute drive from Tokyo on the Joban Expressway.

Approx. 1 hour drive from Sendai on the Sendai Tobu Road - Joban Expressway

By public transportation from Sendai Station [仙台駅]:

Take the JR Joban Line train bound for Haranomachi Sta. [原ノ町駅] (approx. 1 h 20 min.). At the bus stop Haramachieki-Mae in Haranomachi Sta., take a Kurumagawa-Via-Haramachi bus bound for Soma [相馬] and get off at Mominokizawa (approx. 24 min., 19 stops). From there, walk approx 12 min. (900 m) to Sedette Kashima.

Useful Links

Modern Samurai Horsemanship in Minamisoma City

Watching Exhilarating Samurais On Horseback – Soma Nomaoi

 

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