With roughly one million inhabitants, Sendai (仙台) is by far the largest city in the Tohoku Region and one of the country's 15 largest cities. The modern city of Sendai was founded around 1600 by Date Masamune, one of feudal Japan's most powerful lords. Many of Sendai's tourist attractions are related to Masamune and his family.
Sendai was the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake of March 11, 2011. The tremors did not cause major damage in the city center, but the tsunami inundated the city's coastal outskirts and airport. Virtually all tourist spots were able to reopen within a few months of the earthquake.