Sakura Viewing in Sendai

The sakura viewing season is in full swing and and here is another TIC blog post in our 2016 Cherry Blossom special.

This time, I will be talking about Sendai! Sendai is the capital of Miyagi Prefecture and it is the largest city in the Tohoku region.

If you haven’t read our previous posts, check them out here:

“Torinuke”, Sakura Viewing at the Osaka Mint
Best spots for Hanami in Kyoto
50 Shades of Sakura
Sakura special one day bus tour


Where is Sendai?


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Sendai is famous for its yearly Tanabata Festival, the biggest Tanabata festival in Japan. Also, “gyuutan”, grilled beef tongue, originated in Sendai.

mouth-watering delicious!!!


Gyutan : famous dish in Sendai
thin sliced of grilled beef tongue eat with rice cooked with barley



Another one of Sendai’s great charms is the Ogawara Cherry Blossom Festival!

This year’s festival will be held from April 7 until April 21 and it is definitely not to be missed if you are in the area!





There are 8 km of over 1,200 trees lining the banks of the Shiroishi river;)

It is truly a sight to behold when the flowers are in full bloom, especially against the backdrop of snow capped mountains ヽ(゚ー゚*ヽ)ヽ(*゚ー゚*)ノ(ノ*゚ー゚)ノ


Breath-taking scenery



The festival is at Funaoka Castle Park which is located atop a hill. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the top along a flower lined path. This is where you get the best breathtaking views. There is also a trolley available that takes you to the park from the parking lot for ¥500 round trip.

Also, don’t miss the night sakura from 18:00-22:00 when the trees will be beautifully lit up. It is truly spectacular!


endless sakura petal pedestrian


You can even enjoy the sakura from the water on the Sakura houseboat!
Adults ¥1000
Children ¥500

The 2.3 km course takes about 20 minutes to complete and it will give you a totally different perspective of the gorgeous cherry blossoms.


I think I’m in love in Sendai ❤




There will even be these delicious and good-looking bentos sold at the venue!


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Other festival fare will also be sold along with some specialties such as dango served with a sweet sakura sauce.

The Ogawara Cherry Blossom Festival is not as well known as other festivals in the Tohoku area but it is highly recommended you go if you can!!

Useful Information

Date: April 7, 2016 – April 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 21:00 (Lit-up sakura from 18:00-22:00)
Admission: Free



The festival is at Funaoka Castle Park located in Ogawa-machi. It is about a 30 minute train ride south from JR Sendai Station. The park is a 10 minute walk from JR Ogawara Station or Funaoka Station.






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