Neighborhood in Miyagi:

Sendai

About Sendai

The capital of Miyagi Prefecture, this city is home to many interesting sites and attractions. With roughly one million inhabitants, Sendai is not only the largest city in the Tohoku Region but also among the 15 largest cities in Japan. Its history started in 1600 when Date Masamune, one of Japan's most powerful feudal lords, took residence here. Today, the remains of his castle still stand on Aoba Hill, with Masamune's mounted bronze statue -- a symbol of Sendai -- keeping a watchful eye over the city. The adjacent history museum is one of many attractions in Sendai dedicated to the Date clan. Dubbed the City of Trees, visitors can enjoy countless parks and gardens scattered throughout the city. Most streets and alleys are lined with trees, which are decorated with thousands of sparkling lights for the "Pageant of Starlight Festival" in winter. Summer brings another famous festival to the city. The Tanabata Festival in Sendai is the largest of its kind in Japan. The town is dotted with paper streamers and other decorations, celebrating the reunion of Orihime and Hikoboshi. Separated by the Milky Way, the two deity lovers are allowed to meet only once a year. Aside from great culture and lush nature, Sendai also has a lot to offer in culinary delights. Best known for gyutan, the city boasts many restaurants for visitors to try the local specialty. The grilled beef tongue is marinated in a savory sauce and usually served with pickles, rice and oxtail soup. Sendai is great to visit through all four seasons and offers amazing experiences for lovers of food, culture, history and tradition.

Sights in Sendai

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Sendai Tanabata Festival

Tanabata, or Star Festival, is a festival originally celebrating the reunion of 2 deities along the Milky Way. Sendai Tanabata Festival takes place in August, o

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Akiu Onsen

Surrounded by forests and mountains, Akiu Onsen is a 1500-year old hot spring located close to Sendai.

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Sendai Akiu Bunka no Sato Center

Akiu Sato Center is a tourist information center, where tourists can learn about Akiu Onsen and participate in various events and activities for free. Visitors

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Rairai Gorge

Rairai Gorge is a 650m long trail which was created due to the erosion of the rocks by the Natori River.

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Akiu Kogei no Sato

Akiu Kogei no Sato is comprised of 9 different workshops where visitors can try painting Kokeshi dolls, tops and other crafts. Reservation required.

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Zuihoden Mausoleum

Zuihoden is the mausoleum complex where Date Masamune, lord of the Sendai region who died in 1636, is burried along with his heirs. It is designated a National

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Sendai City Museum

This two-story, 10,800 square-meter museum displays over 90,000 artifacts such as swords, armors and weapons related to the history and culture of Sendai, and t

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Aoba Castle (Sendai Castle Ruins)

The Sendai Castle Ruins, or officially Aoba Castle, is the place where the Date family resided during their reign. Although the castle was designated a National

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Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine

Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine is located in Aoba-ku of Sendai city and is a designated National Treasure. Construction of the shrine was ordered by feudal lord Date

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Rinno-ji Temple

A Buddhist temple affiliated with the Date clan, who used to rule from Aoba Castle (Sendai Castle Ruins), Rinno-ji Temple is renowned for its seasonal gardens

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Taga Castle Government Office Remains

Taga Castle was the cultural, political and military center of the Tohoku region until the 11th century.