Welcome to Sendai
Sendai (仙台) is a lively regional city and the pick of Tōhoku's urban centres. The city's wide, tree-lined streets fill up in summer for spectacular Tanabata Matsuri, one of Japan's most famous festivals. At other times, the nightlife district is impressive for a relatively small city, and domestic visitors enjoy making this familiar entry into Tōhoku life en route to the wilder climes further north. Sendai is also a popular base for visits to the southern section of the Sanriku Kaigan.
The samurai benefactor, Date Masamune, is synonymous with Sendai, and his lasting legacy is a ruined castle set in pleasant gardens.