With roughly one million inhabitants, Sendai () 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 tsunami devastated the city's coastal outskirts but did not cause major damage in the city center. Virtually all tourist spots reopened within a few months of the earthquake.

Less than an hour northeast of the city center lies the town of Matsushima, whose bay is dotted by pine clad islets and is known for one of Japan's three most scenic views.

Top attractions in Sendai

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Festival

Tanabata Matsuri

Summer festival with elaborate decorations.
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Temple

Rinnoji Temple

Date family temple with outstanding garden.
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Shrine

Osaki Hachimangu

Beautiful family shrine of the Date clan.
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Castle

Aoba Castle

Ruins of the former castle of the Date clan.
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Town/Neighborhood

Sendai Downtown

About attractions in the downtown area.
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Side Trips from Sendai
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Matsushima

Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.
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Sanriku Coast

Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.
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Zao

Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.
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Naruko Gorge

Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.
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Access and Orientation

Hotels around Sendai

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Dormy Inn Sendai Annex
Business hotel a short walk from Sendai Station.
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Hotel Metropolitan Sendai
Very convenient hotel located just adjacent to Sendai Station.
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