Sendai (仙台) [1] is the largest city (about 1,000,000 people) in the Tohoku region of Japan’s Honshu island. Sendai is divided into five districts: Aoba-ku, Izumi-ku, Miyagino-ku, Taihaku-ku and Wakabayashi-ku.
As everyone here will tell you, “it’s not too big and not too small, it’s very convenient and it’s close to both the sea and the mountains.”

Sendai is a comfortable and pleasant city — it’s a nice place to live. It’s very green — in fact they call it 杜の都 (Mori no Miyako, “Forest City”). The main avenues around the city are wide and tree-lined, giving the city an almost European feel. The main shopping street — confusingly known by two different names, Chūō-dōri (中央通り) and Clis Road — is pedestrianised and covered, so it feels like a mall. Several large universities are located in Sendai, attracting young adults from throughout the Tohoku area.

Ōsaki Hachiman Shrine (大崎八幡宮). Completed in 1607, and is designated a national treasure. The metal ornaments and colorful designs displayed against the black lacquer woodwork is an especially attractive feature.

Sendai Castle Ruins (仙台城跡), ☎ 022-225-3074. Often recommended by locals. There’s a replica of a gate and a statue of the founder of the city, Date Masumune. However, the ruins of Sendai Castle is the theme of a famous poem written by Doi Bansui called ‘Kojo no Tsuki’ – ‘The Moon over the desolate castle’. In the poem, the author touchingly invites us to reflect on the impermanence of all life, which is represented by the ruins of the once great castle caught in the light of the full moon. The poem has been put to music and is famous throughout Japan.…WikiTravel


11 Nov

Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested a former employee of a subsidiary of trading company Mitsui & Co. in Sendai who is suspected in the embezzlement of nearly 200 million yen, reports the Sankei Shimbun (

2 Nov

Air Do, a regional carrier based in Sapporo, said Tuesday that it has decided to cancel a total of 34 flights on two routes in November due to a lack of pilots. (Japan Times)

4 Oct

Tokyo police have arrested a 52-year-old company employee for driving through a busy pedestrian crossing near Shibuya Station last week. (NHK)

24 Sep

A passenger took the steering wheel of an expressway bus and brought it to a halt after the driver lost consciousness on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Friday night. The 46-year-old driver was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. (Japan Today)

21 Aug

The Miyagi Prefectural Government said Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has been criticized as sexually suggestive. (Japan Times)

17 Aug

Lack of sunshine caused by prolonged cloudy conditions and lingering rain in Pacific coastal areas of northeastern Japan may cause problems for the rice harvest. (NHK)

31 Jul

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi won a third four-year term in Sunday’s election, a result that reassured Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which fared poorly in two successive major local elections held recently. (Jiji)

24 Jul

In the past several weeks alone, elderly Japanese drivers have been wreaking havoc across the country: breaking through median barriers into oncoming traffic, ploughing over pedestrians crossing the road, and smashing into other cars. In all these cases, somebody was killed. (

5 Jul

Japan’s transport ministry is set to help regional airports attract more international flights in an effort to boost the number of foreign tourists to the country. (NHK)

16 Jun

A Japanese man accused of taking pictures up a woman’s skirt stabbed two court officers Friday as the verdict in his sex pest case was being delivered, a court spokesman and media said. (

13 Jun

Hidden beneath its streets, Japan’s aging sewer pipes spotlight a challenge that has held back reforms Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to revitalise the world’s third-biggest economy. (

18 May

One of the reactors at Takahama nuclear plant in the central Japanese prefecture of Fukui has been restarted for the first time in 15 months. (NHK)

2 May

The principal of a junior high school in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, whose student committed suicide on April 26 by jumping off an apartment building near his home, admitted to a meeting with parents and guardians on Monday night that five cases of bullying concerning the boy had been reported before the teenager took his life. (Japan Today)

28 Apr

Sendai High Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that found the Higashimatsushima government in Miyagi Prefecture responsible for the death of a municipal elementary school girl in the March 2011 tsunami. (Jiji)

23 Feb

The government’s Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion newly added 16 faults to a list of major active fault zones in which a magnitude-7 or larger earthquake could occur. (

21 Feb

Twenty-eight hospitals in Japan have been registered on a government list of medical institutions recommended for non-Japanese as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration seeks to promote the nation’s advanced medical services. (Japan Times)

18 Feb

Gusty spring winds brought unseasonably warm weather to Tokyo and other parts of Japan on Friday. (NHK)

16 Feb

In Tinseltown this week there is the potential for a golfing script of which even Hollywood itself would be proud. (

11 Feb

Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested a 44-year-old male company employee in the theft of dozens of race queen uniforms from an automobile event in Sendai last year, reports Kahoku Shimpo (

20 Dec

Nearly two years after the murder of a woman by a member of the Osaka Prefectural Police, upper-level officers visited the home of the victim’s family in Yamagata Prefecture to offer an apology, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (

11 Dec

A Joban Line section connecting Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures in northeastern Japan reopened on Saturday, after a suspension of five years and nine months due to damage from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (Jiji)

23 Nov

Commercial facilities, including outlets of regional banks and convenience stores, in Tohoku temporarily suspended their operations following a powerful earthquake that hit the northeastern Japan region on Tuesday, Jiji Press found. (Jiji)

22 Nov

Tsunami waves have been observed along the coast of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in northeastern Japan following a strong earthquake on Tuesday morning. (NHK)

22 Nov

The Meteorological Agency has downgraded a tsunami warning to an advisory for the coastal areas of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures in northeastern Japan. But the agency is calling on people to stay cautious. (NHK)

19 Nov

Airbus Group SE won an order for 13 Airbus planes valued at about .4 billion (about ¥154 billion) at list prices from Japanese budget carrier Peach Aviation Ltd., making inroads in a nation where most aircraft come from Boeing Co. (Japan Times)