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Sendai city

Sendai city mapSendai city Sendai city is the prefectural capital and is the central city in Miyagi Prefecture.
It has a population of 1,030 thousand people (2008).
It is located just midway between Tokyo and Aomori.

Sendai is a big city, but Hirose River flows through this city and there are many street trees, then Sendai is called "City in grove".

In 1601, Masamune Date, a leading warload in this region, built a castle on Aobayama Hill, then Sendai city had developed as one of dominant domains in Japan.
Since that, it has been the central city of Tohoku District.

Sendai Tanabata Festival (August 6-8th) is one of great festivals in Tohoku District.
And "beef tongue" cooking is famous, then there are many restaurants for it in the city.

Discover Sendai : Select your language at the top of the page.

Aoba Avenue /1/, Jozenji Avenue /2/

Aoba Avenue and Jozenji AvenueBoth avenues run from east to west in the city, and many large Japanese zelkovas are planted along these avenues.
These are the symbol of "City in grove".
Aoba Avenue runs from JR Sendai station. And Jozenji Avenue runs about 0.8 km north to Aoba Avenue.

Zuihoden Mausoleum /3/

Zuihoden MausoleumIt is the mausoleum of Masamune Date, and is located 1.7 km southwest of JR Sendai station.
He died in 1636, then his son, Tadamune Date, built this in accordance with Masamune's will in 1637.
Some glorious buildings were built and was designated as a national treasure in 1931, but they were destroyed by the U.S air laids in 1945.
After the World War II, rebuilding was entertained, then current buildings were rebuilt in 1979.

Sendai City Museum /4/

Sendai City MuseumIt is a museum located about 2.5 km west of Sendai station, and is on the northern foot of the hill of Sendai castle.
Mainly the history of Sendai is exhibited.
Especially, you shouldn't miss the tresurable documents which the delegacy sent to Europe by Masamune Date from 1613 to 1620 had brought home.

Site of Sendai Castle /5/

Site of Sendai CastleIt is located about 0.5 km south of Sendai City Museum.
It is on the Aobayama hill, then this is also called "Aoba Castle" ("Aoba-jo" in Japanese).
Sendai Castle was built by Masamune Date in 1601, and had played a role of a fort during Edo period (-1868).
After that, most buildings were destroyed by demolition in 1873 and air raid in 1945.
Now only a turret has been rebuilt, and this site is designated as a national historic spot.

Osaki-Hachiman shrine /6/

Osaki-Hachiman shrineIt is a Shinto shrine located about 3.5 km west-northwest of Sendai station. In Japanese, we say "Oosaki-hachimanguu".
It's not known exactly when it was built. But according to legend, a shrine was built in the early 9th century, then Masamune Date moved it here in 1607.
The shrine pavilions are gorgeous, so it is designated as a national treasure.

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How to get to Sendai city

Domestic airline

  1. By airplane, from each airport to Sendai airport.
    (For example, it takes 1 hour and 10 minutes from Narita and 1 hour and 15 minutes from Itami (Osaka).)
  2. By train (Sendai Airport Transit), from the airport to Sendai station, it takes 17 minutes by rapid train or 25 minutes by local train.


By Tohoku-Shinkansen, from Tokyo, it takes 1 hour and 40-55 minutes.

Transportation of Sendai

Sendai City Transportation Bureau : The route bus for sightseeing, "LOOPLE SENDAI" is convenient.

Aoba Avenue in Sendai
Jozanji Avenue in Sendai
Zuihoden Mausoleum
Sendai City Museum
Site of Sendai Castle
Osaki-Hachiman shrine
Hirose River in Sendai city The route bus for sightseeing LOOPLE SENDAI
Sendai Tanabata Festival

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