Sendai-shi Tourism

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Founded in 1600 by the daimyo Date Masamune after the establishment of the Edo Shogunate after the Battle of Sekigahara, Japan’s city of trees is the largest city in the Tohoku region. It has a population of one million. The city’s Tohoku University became the first among Japanese higher learning institutions to allow female students. Much of the city’s historic centre was bombed away during World War II, leaving little of its heritage to appreciate today. It’s in an earthquake prone area, and has suffered several devastating ones recently starting from 1978. The most recent was the 2011 earthquake, the tsunami of which caused great coastal devastation. Hilly and volcanically active, the city has many hot springs. Most of the economy is based on the retail and service sectors, buoyed by a strong transport infrastructure.

Culturally the city is quite rich. It celebrates the Tohoku regions folk heritage with dance, music and literature appreciation. Sendai’s festival scene is unique compared to the rest of Japan, with events such as the famed Jozenji Streetjazz Festival, the New Year Dontosai Festival, and the Pageant of Starlights just before that. Handicraft such as Hira, a handwoven silk, Tsutsumiyaki(pottery), and Kokeshi dolls are actively promoted.

Sendai-shi Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Sendai-shi tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: Japan Time Zone UTC+09:00
  • Currency: Yen

Electricity and Internet

  • 100 Volts
  • Plug types A and B
  • Ungrounded two pins / grounded three pins.
  • Languages: Tohoku-dialect Japanese; many people speak basic English.


  • Police: 110
  • Ambulance/Fire: 119

Off-Beaten Path

  • Atago Shrine
  • Miyagikencho Outlook Hall
  • Rairaikyo Gorge


  • Do not tip waiters or taxi driver or any service staff.
  • Tipping tour guides is alright, but present the money in an envelope. It’s rude to hand it right out of your wallet or hand.

Tourist Traps

  • Jozenji-dori Avenue
  • SunmallIchibancho
  • Mitsui Outlet Park


  • Bow when greeting.
  • Learn Japanese honorifics. Add a suffix ‘-san’ to most people’s names.
  • Slurp soupy, wet foods
  • The small wet cloth before meals is for your hands ONLY.
  • Remove shoes before entering dwellings; remove slippers before getting onto tatami; and don’t wear bathroom slippers anywhere outside the bathroom.
  • Don’t be too out spoken or gregarious. It’s rude.

Facts and Stats for Sendai-shi*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sendai-shi

    Know the pollution level of Sendai-shi before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Sendai-shi: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sendai-shi for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sendai-shi.

    • Burglary and Theft 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 35 (Low)
    • Attacks 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 5 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 95.83 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.83 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 10 (Very Low)
  • Living in Sendai-shi - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 89.84 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 18.97 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 65 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sendai-shi

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sendai-shi

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.31 USD
    • International Movie per seat 16.2 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 62.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.39 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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