About Sendai

Sendai: City of Trees

Tohoku University is located in Sendai, a modern city whose convenience combines with abundant natural scenery; it is often called “the City of Trees.” There are special events throughout the year, allowing one to enjoy each of the four seasons. The most nationally famous of these events is the Sendai Tanabata Festival, in which decorations are displayed on long upright bamboo poles throughout the downtown and surrounding areas. Other events that attract large numbers of people include the Aoba Festival, which features lively dancing, and the Pageant of Starlight, in which the zelkova trees along a main boulevard are illuminated.


Living in Sendai, You can experience the beauty of the four seasons, and there are many onsen (hot springs) nearby. With relatively few days in summer reaching above 30℃, and a winter with relatively few days colder than -3℃ and snow rarely accumulating more than 15cm, Sendai is characterized by a very moderate climate.

Sendai’s Museums and Sports Arenas

Pictures courtesy of Tourism Section, City of Sendai

The city of Sendai offers its guests and residents a broad variety of cultural activities. Among the most popular events are the games of the city’s home teams in professional baseball, soccer and basketball. There is an impressive variety of museums, galleries and concert halls. Sendai offers rich collections of art from all around Japan and overseas.

Life in Sendai

Tohoku University is located in the center of Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture. Since the establishment of Sendai’s International Airport, the city is directly linked to China, South Korea and Taiwan. Flights to Beijing take 5h50min; to Seoul, 2h10min; Taipei, 3h10min.

Sendai is located ca. 300 kilometers north of Japan’s capital, Tokyo. The city is directly connected to the capital by the “Tohoku Shinkansen” bullet train (1h40min) as well as by expressway (approx. 4h).

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The history of Sendai

The history of Sendai dates back to 1602, when Masamune Date named the area for the construction of his castle.

The city lies across the large plains around a low mountain, Aobayama (part of the Ou Mountain range). The Hirose River runs about the foot of the mountain, eventually issuing into Sendai Bay, itself opening to the Pacific Ocean. These have always been key geographical features of the castle town of Sendai, from its foundation. Sendai has always been one of the largest cities in Japan, even if today it is smaller than (e.g.) Sapporo.
Today, the Kawauchi Campus of Tohoku University is located on parts of the old castle site, where old stone walls and monuments tell the story of Sendai’s rich history.

Cosmopolitan events and support

The city of Sendai is home to roughly 9,900 international residents. The Sendai Tourism, Convention and International Association (SenTIA) promotes broad international cultural exchange services and activities, including the support of consultation and interpretation support (available in English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Portuguese), along with seminars on Japanese language and culture. We hope that you will find the people you meet in Sendai very welcoming and helpful!

A warm regard for students

Sendai is home to more than 30,000 university students.
Since the foundation of Tohoku University in 1907, and the subsequent establishment of a large number of other universities, Sendai has come to be known as a “university town” (gakuto) where the city’s other residents greet students warmly. Sendai’s distinctive student atmosphere also presents broad-mindedness in fashion and performance.
Tohoku University hopes to provide each student with a relaxed freedom for their own studies and self-cultivations and a balanced atmosphere for concentration.

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