Sendai City, situated in the center of Miyagi Prefecture, is the largest city in the Tohoku region with a population of one million and is the political and economic center in northwest Region. Although Sendai is a large city it is known throughout Japan as modern city in harmony with nature. The city possesses beautiful sceanery such as the Hirose-gawa river that runs through central Sendai and the lush zelkova trees that line its streets. Greenery is especially abundant in the center of the city which has tree-lined and parks. View more
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Experience a unique balance of city life and nature during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion to Sendai, the 'City of Trees'.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive through Sendai en route to the Sendai Castle. Upon arrival, begin your guided tour. Originally built by Date Masamune in 1600, the castle is perched on a natural stronghold 377 feet (115 metres) above sea level. Although fire destroyed its original buildings, the castle's stone walls and guardhouse have been repaired and reconstructed to their original design.
Next, re-board your coach and drive to Zuihoden, the mausoleum built for Masamune in 1637. Zuihoden was constructed in the Japanese architectural style known as 'Momoyama', and featured lion mask sculptures on the columns, and tiles and dragonheads at the four corners of the roof. Zuihoden was designated as a national treasure by the former Japanese Imperial Government in 1931. It subsequently burnt down during World War II, was rebuilt in 1979 and restored to its original design in 2001.
Following your visit, re-board your coach for an approximately 50-minute sightseeing drive through Sendai. The streets and parks of this bustling modern city abound with beautiful scenery, including the Hirose-gawa River that runs through Central Sendai and a long strip of lush zelkova trees in the centre of the city. As a result, Sendai is called the 'City of Trees'. Mt. Aobayama can also be seen from the pedestrian's deck in front of Sendai Station.
Your tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.7 kilometres), with a few steps to get on/off the coach and 120 steps to negotiate at Zuihoden. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Casual clothing is recommended. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.