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Sendai Travel Guide, Japan

Sendai is a major city in Japan, located in the centre of the Tohoku region (northern part of Honshu island), at approximately 300 kilometers from Tokyo. The city is on the same latitude with Washington D.C., USA and with Athens, Greece and has a population of one million.

Sendai Travel Guide – Geography and Climate

Sendai’s geography varies a lot, as the city has an amphitheatre display, descending from Ōu Mountains in the west, to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east. Hirose-gawa River runs through the city and it is highly appreciated for its clean waters and beautiful valley. The mountains have volcanic origin; hence the multitude of hot springs in the area and the low magnitude earthquakes that occur from time to time. The climate is moderate, with mild temperatures that usually don’t go below 0ºC in winter and above 30 ºC in summer. Between late June and early July starts the rainy season, when a cold wind called ‘Yamase’ blows.

Sendai Travel Guide – Transportation

Sendai International Airport is only connected to some major Asian cities, so international travelers have two options: either go to Narita Airport near Tokyo (Tokyo Travel Guide) and take the Narita Express (2 hour journey), or arrive on Kansai International Airport near Osaka (Osaka Travel Guide) and take an intern flight (1h 20 minutes) to Sendai. Nevertheless, it takes only 100 minutes to travel from Tokyo to Sendai by shinkansen (bullet train). Sendai is served by a network of municipal busses and the Sendai Subway. The Sendai City Loople Bus offers city sight-seeing tours for visitors.

Sendai Travel Guide – Economy

As any Sendai Travel Guide will tell you, Sendai represents the political and economic capital of Tohoku and an important academic and research centre in Japan. The city’s main industries are retail and services, along with electric energy supply. Although it has many research labs and an intense academic activity, the city struggles to promote the local entrepreneurship, as most of the companies in Sendai are only represented by branch-offices.

Sendai Travel Guide – Interesting Facts about Sendai

Sendai is also known as the ‘City of trees’, due to the abundance of zelkova trees. During Sendai’s main festival, ‘Pageant of Starlight’, the trees are covered with thousands of lights. In February, snow monsters (frost covered trees) can be admired near Sendai, on Zao Mountain. A Sendai Travel Guide must definitely take into account the local specialties, as Sendai is known for its Wagashi (sweets that accompany the tea ceremony) gyutan (beef tongue) and its rich oyster harvest in Sempai Bay. The Miyagi Oki earthquake hits Sendai every 25-40 years, but luckily its epicenter is located somewhere offshore.

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