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Japan is one of the most sought after tourist destination spots around the world. With its majestic sights, glamorous sounds, and delicious taste of its cuisine, without a doubt, tourists going to Japan would have their five senses full. One of the most famous places to visit in Japan would have to be the city of Sendai.
Sendai is the capital city of the Miyagi Prefecture and is also known by its nickname, the City of Trees. It is named as such since it has over 60 zelkova trees on J?zenji and Aoba Street. The city itself was founded by Date Masamune which makes it even all the more famous.
One of the events that Sendai is famous for is the Sendai Tanabata Festival. It has the biggest Tanabata festival in all of Japan and attracts over 2 million visitors per year. Tanabata is a Japanese festival that is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the Japanese lunisolar calendar. Since the traditional calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar used nowadays, the day of the festival differs ranging from July 7 to August 7.
Once the cold weather rolls in, the stage is set for another of Sendai’s most famous festivals. This time, it is a winter festival wherein all of the trees are decorated with lights. Since the city is home to plenty of trees, it becomes a very impressive sight to behold when all of these trees are lit up by miniature light bulbs.
Of course, Sendai has other landmarks and tourist destinations outside the two seasonal festivals. Since the city was founded by the famous Date Masamune, there are a lot of historical sites that are related to the Date Family. Ruins of the Sendai Castle as well as the Zuihoden or the tomb of Date Masamune are also famous places to visit.
One of the best ways to make the best out of your visit to Sendai—or Japan for that matter—is to take the train as much as possible if you plan to move around. Not only is it the fastest means to get around but it is also one of the cheapest.