Life in Sendai

View of the Faculty of Agriculture buildings at the Amamiya Campus Map of Japan showing the location of Sendai

Sendai is the political and economic center of the Tohoku (northeast) Region, one of eight major regions in Japan. The city has a population of around 1 million and is located approximately 300 km north from Tokyo, within about 1 hour and 40 minutes by bullet train. The temperatures in Sendai vary between a maximum of around 28°C in summer and around freezing (0°C) in winter (the coldest month is January). Housing prices in Sendai are more affordable compared with other metropolitan areas of Japan.

Sendai is called the "City of Trees" in Japan, due to the abundance of tree-lined streets and parks in the center of the city. People living here enjoy many annual events, including the Sendai Tanabata Festival, one of the most famous summer festivals in Japan, and the Jazz Festival, where people perform live under the trees in Jozenji Street. Close to Sendai, there are a number of pleasure resorts, including surfing and sunbathing beaches, mountain ski resorts and hot springs. To experience traditional and modern Japanese culture, students can join one or more of the 60 or so sports, music and cultural clubs at Tohoku University.

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