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Sendai City The city of Sendai is located in the northern part of Honshu Island, and is the largest city in the Tohoku region, with a population of more than one million. At the beginning of the 17th Century, the feudal lord Date Masamune built Sendai Castle and reigned over this district. There are many trees in the city, which is why it is called the "City of Trees". Sendai is also famous for delicious food such as sushi, grilled beef tongue, and Sendai Dagashi (traditional sweets from Sendai). JR Sendai Station is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station by the Tohoku Shinkansen, and Sendai Airport is 55-75 minutes from Narita International Airport, or 80-100 minutes from Kansai International Airport. From Sendai Airport, JR Sendai Station is 18-25 minutes by the Sendai Airport Access Line.

Sights

Sendai Castle Ruins

Sendai Castle was built over 400 years ago. You can enjoy a view of the whole city from this site and gain a sense of its history although the castle and its buildings are no longer standing.

Take a sightseeing city loop bus "LOOPLE Sendai" (Bus Pool No.16) from the West Exit of JR Sendai Station and get off at the "Sendai Castle Ruin" bus stop. (The bus journey takes about 20 minutes.)

Osaki Hachimangu Shrine

Osaki Hachimangu Shrine was built by Lord Date Masamune and is the oldest structure ever built in the lavishly decorated “Toshogu style”. The shrine pavilion is a designated national treasure and the oil press in front of the shrine pavilion has also been designated as an important cultural property.

Take a city bus (Bus Pool No.10 or 15-1) from the West Exit of JR Sendai Station and get off at the “Osaki Hachimangu Mae” bus stop. (The bus journey takes about 20 minutes.)

Osaki Hachimangu Osaki Hachimangu

Zuihoden Mausoleum

As the final resting place of the founder of Sendai, Date Masamune, this gorgeous structure is a sight to behold with its brilliant colors including gold and intricate patterns on finely carved sculptures.

Take a city bus (Bus Pool No.11) or a bus of the Miyagi Transportation Co. (Bus Pool No.12) from the West Exit of JR Sendai Station and get off at the “Otamayahashi” bus stop. (The bus journey takes about 15 minutes.)

Zuihoden

Matsushima

Matsushima is known for its picturesque beauty as one of the “Three Most Scenic Spots of Japan.” 260 small pine-covered islands rise from the emerald waters of Matsushima Bay, a view which appears much the same today as it did centuries ago. The best way to experience Matsushima is by boat. Daily sightseeing boats take passengers around Matsushima Bay, passing by islands which have been carved into delicate and intriguing shapes by the wind and water.

Take a JR Tohoku-Honsen train from JR Sendai Station and get off at Matsushima Station. (The bus journey takes about 30 minutes.)

Matsushima Matsushima

 

Food

Sendai is blessed with many fishing ports providing an abundance of high quality fresh fish. As Miyagi grows delicious rice, it is known for its high-quality sushi and Sendai Zuke-don, which is a specialty rice bowl dish of fresh white fish marinated in a special sauce. Miyagi is also famous for oysters. During the winter season, stalls selling oysters are opened. In addition to seafood, grilled beef tongue is a not-to-be-missed meal for gourmets in Sendai. Zunda (a paste of sweetened mashed green soybeans) normally used to cover rice cakes or dumplings is popular in Miyagi.

Foods

 

Souvenirs/Gifts

Kokeshi (traditional wooden dolls) and Tamamushi-nuri lacquerware, intricately painted Matsukawa Daruma (good luck dolls) and Tsutsumi dolls are famous products of Sendai. Kokeshi were originally children's toys. These days, however, their artistic nature has been recognized, and they are loved as collectors' items. Tamamushi-nuri lacquerware products are famous for their iridescent gloss and are used in daily items including vases, hand mirrors and Japanese fans. Matsukawa Daruma, handsome blue Daruma dolls, bring their owners luck and good fortune. Tsutsumi dolls are made out of clay and were developed in Sendai. Souvenir

 

Recent Major Conferences Held in Sendai

Dates Name Participants
Jul. 2012 World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku 800 persons
Oct. 2012 IMF World Bank Disaster Prevention Sendai Dialogue 320 persons
Nov. 2013 The 1st Asia Parks Congress Japan 2013 800 persons
Mar. 2013 Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry 2013 5,485 persons
Nov. 2014 2014 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC 2014) 767 persons
Mar. 2015 UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 Sendai Japan 6,500 persons
May 2015 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2015 (CEC2015) 536 persons
May 2016 G-7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting, Sendai 800 persons
Aug. 2016 2016 IEEE 16th International Conference on Nanotechnology 376 persons
Sep. 2016 The 15th International Conference on Molecule-Based Magnets (ICMM2016) 489 persons
Oct. 2016 75th The National Occupational Safety and Health Convention 9,341 persons