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Sendai, 16 Dec.

Explore these great things to see and do in Sendai, from relaxing in the outdoor hot springs of Akiu Onsen to dancing along at the Sendai Aoba Festival.

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Hitome Senbonzakura

Hitome Senbonzakura

Every spring beautiful cherry blossoms bloom throughout Japan and Hitome Senbonzakura (1,000 cherry blossom trees at a glance) offers visitors a sweeping view of cherry blossom trees along the Shiroishi Riverside.

Jozenji Street

Jozenji-dori Street

This wide avenue in downtown Sendai is lined with Japanese zelkova trees, adding beautiful greenery to the capital of Miyagi prefecture and giving Sendai its nickname of ‘City of Trees.’

Hirose River

Hirose River

The Hirose River flows through the center of Sendai, providing some natural scenery and habitat in this modern midsize city.

Sendai Mediatheque

Sendai Mediatheque

Designed by Toyo Ito, Sendai Mediatheque is a stylish and modern building built for learning and devotion to the arts.

Akiu Otaki Falls

Akiu Otaki Falls

Selected as one of Japan’s best 100 waterfalls, 55m high Akiu Otaki Falls is beautiful in all seasons, but is especially scenic in the fall, when brilliant foliage frames the roaring white water.

Sendai Morning Market

Sendai Morning Market

This morning market, located in a narrow street near Sendai Station, is filled with many different goods to purchase including fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meat.

Sendai Tanabata Festival

Sendai Tanabata Festival

As one of the three major festivals of the Tohoku region, this beautiful summer tradition of Sendai has its roots in the seasonal event of Tanabata, or Star Festival.

Sendai Aoba Festival

Sendai Aoba Festival

A tradition going back 350 years, this spectacular event celebrates the history of the Sendai domain and also signifies the coming of spring.

Grilled Beef Tongue

Grilled Beef Tongue

Sendai is the origin of beef tongue in Japan. The delicacy of beef tongue has its Japanese origins in Sendai, where it is matured, seasoned and then grilled.

Zunda

Zunda

One of Sendai’s local specialties, zunda is sweet soybean paste made by boiling young soybeans, then crushing and seasoning them with sugar and salt.

Jogi Nyorai (Saihoji Temple)

Jogi Nyorai (Saihoji Temple)

Saihoji Temple (also called Jogi Nyorai), located 80 minutes away from Sendai Station by bus, is a Buddhist Temple in Sendai known to bring good luck to families and safe childbirth.

Osaki Hachimangu Shrine

Osaki Hachimangu Shrine

This shrine was constructed in 1607 by the order of Date Masamune, the founder of Sendai, and conveys the prestige of the powerful Date clan.

Sendai Castle Site

Sendai Castle Site

Sendai Castle (also known as Aoba Castle) was built by Date Masamune, the powerful local daimyo that ruled in the early 17th century.

Shokeikaku

Shokeikaku

Shokeiku was the former residence of the Date Family and is now converted to a Japanese restaurant serving various local Sendai dishes.

Nikka Whisky Miyagikyo Distillery

Nikka Whisky Miyagikyo Distillery

One of Japan’s top homegrown whisky producers, Nikka was founded by Masataka Taketsuru, said to be the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’.

Spring Valley Izumi Kogen Ski Resort

Spring Valley Izumi Kogen Ski Resort

Spring Valley Izumi Kogen Ski Resort is an exciting ski resort located 40 minutes from Izumichuo Station by bus, with runs available for all different ski levels.

Zuihoden Mausoleum

Zuihoden Mausoleum

As the final resting place of the founder of Sendai, Date Masamune, this gorgeous structure built in early Edo period is a sight to behold with its gold and other brilliant colors.

Akiu Traditional Crafts Village

Akiu Traditional Crafts Village

This Sendai area is rich in traditional crafts, and nine skilled artisans have their workshops right here in the Akiu Traditional Crafts Village, making this a highly recommended destination for visitors interested in Japanese indigo dyeing, lacquerware, kokeshi dolls, traditional spinning tops (koma), bog-wood art, and other Japanese crafts.