Sendai, the city of trees.


I moved to Sendai 30 years ago.
I used to work in Tokyo, but I didn’t like the fact that there were so many people.

Initially, I came to Sendai because of my work, but I liked the climate and the natural environment of Sendai so much that I decided to change career and live here.

I don’t know of any other city where nature and urban functions are so well-balanced.

I don’t know of any other city where nature and urban functions are so well-balanced.

Sendai is dubbed as the “MORINO MIYAKO” which means “a town of trees”. It is definitely one of the many reasons why I love and appreciate Sendai. You’ll understand more by looking at these pictures. 
There are roadside trees everywhere in the city.
Most of them are zelkova, ginkgo, and maple, which change the look of the city from season to season.
Soft fresh green in spring, vibrant green in summer, golden colored leaves in autumn, and soft sunlight spilling through deciduous trunks in winter.
It’s a really beautiful city.

If you want to have a refreshing walk, Aoba-dori Avenue is one of the best choices. It is an instagramable cityscape groomed with a wide road, tress with beautiful green foliage, clear blue sky, beautiful architecture, etc that extends west from Sendai station.

My personal favorite street is Jozenji-dori Avenue. It is lined with impressive zelkova trees. I recommend this to people who simply want to wander around and relax.

Many cultural facilities are located along the street, and various events are held throughout the year such as Sendai Aoba Matsuri Festival, Sendai Tanabata Festival, Jozenji Street Jazz Festival, Sendai , Ysakoi Festival, etc.
Jozenji-dori Avenue is commonly where many people gather, enjoy, and rejoice, but last year all those events were cancelled due to COVID-19 and it was a lonely year.

I sincerely hope that this year will be a year full of smiles for Sendai citizens and many foreigners.