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Downtown Sendai in Japan

City at a Glance

Sendai, Japan
Location Eastern coast of Honshu Island
City type Metropolis
Population 1.6 milllion
Official language(s) Japanese
Climate Subtropical
Average temperatures January: 35° F, July: 72° F
Landscape Urban, coastal plains
Factoid After the bombings of World War II, the city developers rebuilt Sendai with a large amount of park space.

About Sendai

Japan's hidden gem, Sendai is a big city with a small-town feel not yet discovered by crowds of tourists. Sendai pairs modern sophistication with intense natural beauty, making the area a haven for both urbanites and outdoor enthusiasts. With a smaller international population than Japan's biggest cities, the college town offers a chance to get to know the locals better. You can also take a deep dive into traditional Japanese culture with the city's famous festivals and historical sites.

Where is Sendai

38.268195, 140.869418

What to do in Sendai

  • Akiu Craft Park: Tap your creative side in a mecca of art projects and craftsmanship—perhaps in a workshop on how to make traditional Kokeshi dolls.
  • Nightlife in Kokubuncho: Hit one of the 3,000 restaurants or bars in the popular entertainment district any night of the week.
  • Sendai Castle Ruins: Step into the 1600s at the inner citadel, the bright red Gokoku Shrine of Miyagi, and past the imposing statue of feudal lord Date Masamune.
  • Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi: Root for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles at their home field in the 20,000-seat baseball stadium.
  • Zuihoden Mausoleum: Capture the colors, beauty, and history of Japan in photos at this monument enveloped in wood carvings and cedar-lined paths.