The Sendai City was the worst-hit in the 2011 earthquake that measured 8.9 on the Richter scale. Immediately afterward, a massive tsunami hit the city, destroying property and life. The total casualties in this city are being guessed at 500, but the toll is very likely to rise as more information comes in.
Sendai is modern city located in a perfect natural setting. The river Hirose-gawa dissects the city into two equal halves. The numerous parks and the streets adorned with trees on both sides have even given the name 'City of Trees' to Senda i. This Japanese city is situated on the Honshu Island and is easily accessible from Tokyo. This is a major city of the Miyagi prefecture situated in the Tohoku area. Tanabata one of the major Japanese festivals is celebrated with great pomp and splendor in Sendai and also draws significant amount of tourists during this period. The city of Sendai got its official status only in 1989.
The city of Sendai is divided into five 'Ku's which are, Aoba-ku, Taihaku-ku, Wakabayashi-ku, Izumi-ku and Miyagino-ku. Some of the famous universities of Japan and research institutes call Sendai their homes. The city is encompassed by the Ohu Mountains and eastern Pacific Ocean on both sides.
There are a number of natural splendors near Sendai which are very popular with the tourists. These are:
- Matsushima Bay: this place is famous for its picturesque location and oyster production. The visitors to Sendai make it a point to come to this place for a weekend at least.
- Zao Mountains: this region consists of many dormant volcanoes. Many visitors hike to see the formations created by snowfall on the trees which look like white colored monsters and are called Snow monsters.
- Hot Springs: there are two famous Hot Springs near Sendai known as Akiu and Sakunami. Many resorts were built in and around these springs which are visited by tourists to get respite from the everyday struggle of the city life.
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Last Updated on: December 13th, 2017