Tohoku University is located in the center of Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture. With the establishment of Sendai’s new international airport the city is directly linked to China, South Korea and Taiwan with direct flights connecting the city with Beijing (flight duration 4h50min), Seoul (2h10min) and Taipei (3h10min).
Sendai is located c.300 kilometers north of Japan’s capital, Tokyo. The city is directly connected to the capital by the “Tohoku Shinkansen” bullet train (1h40min) as well as by expressway (approx. 4h).
The history of Sendai
The history of Sendai dates back to 1602 when Masamune Date chose the area for the location of his castle.
The city lies in a large plain alongside a low mountain, Aobayama, part of the Ou Mountain range. The Hirose river runs along the foot of the mountain, eventually emptying into Sendai Bay which opens out onto the Pacific Ocean. It was here that the castle town of Sendai was founded. In early modern Japan, Sendai was one of the largest cities in the whole country.
Today, the Kawauchi Campus of Tohoku University is located near the old castle’s ruins, with old stone walls and monuments telling the story of Sendai's rich history.
Sendai, an urban and modern 'city of trees'
Sendai is well known as the "Mori no Miyako" (city of trees), as most of the major streets and avenues in the city are lined with zelkova trees.
With an estimated population of 1 million, its various industrial and residential areas located in its outskirts, and surrounded by mountains, rice fields and the ocean, Sendai is a city in which industry and culture live side by side.
Sendai has seasonal attractions and pleasant weather year-round
Living in Sendai, students can experience the beauty of the four seasons, with beaches and ski resorts as well as many onsen (hot springs) nearby.
With only a few days in summer reaching 30℃ and a winter with few days colder than minus 5℃ and little snow, Sendai is characterized by a very moderate climate.
Japan Meteorological Agency Statistics 1971-2000
Sendai's museums and sports arenas
The city of Sendai offers its guests and residents a broad variety of cultural activities. The games of the city's own professional baseball, soccer, and basketball teams are among the most popular events.
There is an impressive variety of museums, galleries and concert halls; Sendai offers rich collections of art from around Japan and overseas.
Multicultural city with variety of international activities and support
The city of Sendai hosts around 9,900 international residents. To support these residents, the Sendai International Relations Association (SIRA) promotes broad international cultural exchange services and activities including seminars on Japanese language and culture, consultation, and interpretation support (English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Portuguese). The people of Sendai are very welcoming and helpful!
A warm welcome to the "academic city" of Sendai
The city is home to more than 30,000 university students attending Tohoku University and other universities in Sendai.
Since the founding of Tohoku University in 1907 and the subsequent establishment of a large number of other universities, Sendai has come to be known as an 'academic city' (gakuto) with the city's residents offering its students a warm welcome. Sendai is characterized by a unique student atmosphere with fashion and art being a vital part of city life.
Tohoku University hopes to provide its students with a relaxing and balanced atmosphere for their study and development.