2 to 3 hours
Sendai City may be the largest metropolis in the Tohoku region and home to all of the conveniences of a big city, but just a short walk from the city centre and you’ll find yourself surrounded by parks, rivers, forests and mountains. For many years, Sendai has been attributed the name of ‘Mori-no-miyako’ (杜の都）or ‘City of Trees’, so it is no surprise that it is also home to diverse birdlife and other local wildlife (no lions or tigers, but sometimes bears…Oh my!)
Make the most of your time in the city by waking up early and exploring the local nature. Your guide will meet you at ‘Sendai International Center Station’, just a short 6 min ride on the subway from the city centre. After showing you to some of the most popular bird-watching spots in the Mt. Aobayama area (known among local bird-watchers for frequent sightings of Japanese ‘Kawasemi’ Kingfisher and other local species) you will hike up to the former site of Aoba Castle to enjoy a spot of breakfast while taking in the view over Sendai City.
Get up before the crowds and feel like you have the city all to yourself!
**Please bring your own binoculars**
(Huge thank you to K.Sakano of the Miyagi Prefectural branch of the Wild Bird Society of Japan for providing the images below!)
Meet your guide in front of the ticket gates of Sendai International Center Station (Tozai Line, Sendai City Subway).
Your guide will show you to some spots popular with local bird-watchers and known for frequent sightings of various species of migratory birds, Japanese ‘Kawasemi’ Kingfisher and other local species.
Hike up to the top of Mt. Aobayama and enjoy the panoramic view over Sendai City from the former site of Aoba Castle.
Sit by the iconic statue of samurai lord Date Masamune and enjoy a quick breakfast of onigiri riceballs and fresh coffee/tea.
Tour ends back at Sendai International Centre Station.