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Visiting Sendai In Spring: What You Need To Know If You Travel To Sendai Between March And May!

Visiting Sendai In Spring: What You Need To Know If You Travel To Sendai Between March And May!

Date published: 10 February 2021
Last updated: 22 February 2021

Sendai in spring is nice and pleasantly warm in spring, when beautiful flowers like the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Spring is the best season for sightseeing in Sendai!

Here, a local writer will give you tips and advice on climate, clothing, and sightseeing spots in Sendai, if you visit in March, April, or May. Be sure to use this guide to make your planning easier.

Table of Contents
  1. What kind of area is Sendai and what's the climate usually like?
  2. What are the recommended sightseeing spots and plans for spring in Sendai?
  3. Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in March
  4. Sendai's climate in March
  5. What should you wear in March in Sendai?
  6. Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in April
  7. Sendai's climate in April
  8. What should you wear in April in Sendai?
  9. Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in May
  10. Sendai's climate in May
  11. What should you wear in May in Sendai?

What kind of area is Sendai and what's the climate usually like?

What kind of area is Sendai and what's the climate usually like?

Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region. Located on a plain beside the Pacific Ocean, it's pleasant to visit all-year-round. Also, although the Tohoku region is generally very cold, Sendai is warmer and has less snow than other cities, in winter. However, the sea breeze keeps it cool (or cold) in the morning and evening throughout the year.

Even in the warm and comfortable spring, March still feels chilly, even during the day. However, the temperature rises in April and the weather gets warmer from there.

What are the recommended sightseeing spots and plans for spring in Sendai?

Throughout the season, there are different recommended sightseeing spots, depending on the temperatures, weather, and events taking place.

Let's take a look at some recommendations for the months of March, April, and May.

Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in March

Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in March

March still doesn't feel like full-blown spring. You can stroll around the center of Sendai, but on colder days, we recommend using public transportation, like the subway or bus.

If you like history, you will want to see some places related to Sendai's first feudal lord, Date Masamune.

Using Sendai Station as the center of your sightseeing grid will be helpful. It is connected to many tourist spots, including the Sendai Castle Site, where the sacred house of Date Masamune, Zuihoden, and the national treasure Osaki Hachimangu shrine are.

You can easily move among several places by using the Loople Sendai bus.

Also, if you take the Municipal Subway Tozai Line from Sendai Station, and get off at Yagiyama Zoological Park Station, which is about 12 minutes away, you will find a zoo and an amusement park within a 5-minute walk. It's perfect for sightseeing with family.

Sendai's climate in March

March tends to have chilly days with an average temperature of 4.9°C. However, it's not problematic to go sightseeing, since days are mostly sunny.

Sendai's March average (Japan Meteorological Agency: 1981-2010 average)
Average Temperature (℃)
4.9
Highest Temperature (℃)
9.2
Lowest Temperature (℃)
0.9
Precipitation (mm)
68.2
Humidity (%)
62

What should you wear in March in Sendai?

What should you wear in March in Sendai?

It helps to have a light coat or a jacket, and a stall. Keep in mind it may snow until February every year, but in March, in Sendai, you don't have to worry about snow, so you can wear sneakers and heels.

What to wear
Top:
(Men) thick long-sleeved shirt+hoodie; (women) sweater+coat
Bottom:
(Men) denim pants; (women) skirt+tights
Shoes:
(Men and women) sneakers

Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in April

Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in April

Enjoy cherry-blossom viewing in April, when they bloom in many areas of Sendai. Particularly popular are Nishi Koen, a park just off Omachi Nishi Koen Station on the Tozai Subway Line, and Tsutsujigaoka Park, which is about 3 minutes walking from JR Tsutsujigaoka Station. Every year, when the flowers bloom, many street shopping stands line up for the shopping pleasure of the many visitors.

At Genko Chaya, a teahouse built in Nishi Park that has been in business for over 100 years, you can enjoy Sendai's local specialty Zunda mochi. This snack is perfect to enjoy after watching cherry blossoms. Nishi Park is within a 20-minute walk from JR Sendai Station. There are no slopes and it's easy to walk around, so it makes for a pleasant stroll. Pass through Sendai's symbolic street Jozenji-dori and Arcade Street with its many restaurants and general stores.

Tsutsujigaoka Park is also within walking distance, about 10 minutes on foot from JR Sendai Station. It's also nice to visit the temples scattered around while admiring the cherry blossoms.

  • Nishi Park
    西公園
    • Address Outside Sakuragaokakoen, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi 1-3
    • Phone: 022-225-7211 (Aoba Ward Office Park Division)
      Hours: 入園自由
      Open: always open

  • Sendai Tsutsujigaoka Park
    榴岡公園
    • Address 1 Chome-301-3 Gai Gorin, Miyagino Ward, Sendai, Miyagi 983-0842
    • Phone Number 022-291-2111
    • Open: always open

Sendai's climate in April

While the average temperature in March is 4.9°C, in April, it rises to 10.3°C, with the highest temperature of around 15°C.

Sightseeing is just as nice, but you won't have to worry about the cold.

Sendai's average in April (Japan Meteorological Agency: 1981-2010)
Average Temperature (℃)
10.3
Highest Temperature (℃)
5.0
Lowest Temperature (℃)
6.1
Precipitation (mm)
97.6
Humidity (%)
64

What should you wear in April in Sendai?

What should you wear in April in Sendai?

The outfits are going to be similar to the ones in March, but it gets warmer during the day, so you can wear lighter clothes. However, don't forget to bring a jacket or a coat, in case it's particularly cold in the morning or evening.

What to wear
Top:
(Men) long-sleeved shirt+hoodie; (Women) blouse+coat
Bottom:
(Men) denim pants; (women) skirt+tights
Shoes:
(Men and women) sneakers

Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in May

Recommended sightseeing spots in Sendai in May

In May, the famous Sendai Aoba festival takes place. This is a historic festival that sees its roots in 1665, and it's the largest in Sendai. The festival is held on the third Saturday and Sunday of May every year.

The festival is divided into two parts: The Evening Festival, on Saturday, and the Book Festival, on Sunday. During the Evening Festival music and the traditional Suzume Odori dance moves through the center of Sendai. Over 4,000 people participate in the Suzume Dance.

The performers dancing with their fans in Jozenji-dori is a spectacle you'll be happy you have not missed.

At the festival, there will be a parade of people wearing armor, as well as a procession of children at the Aoba Shrine, which enshrines Date Masamune, a parade of 11 gorgeous floats, the Suzume dance, and more. The parade uses mostly traditional costumes and will take you back in time.

At Kotodai Koen Park and Citizen's Square along Jozenji-dori, some fairs recreate the festivals of castle towns, and here you'll also find food and drink booths connected to Masamune, who is told to have been a gourmet since childhood. You will be able to enjoy all this and more, all day long.

*Please check the official website for details about the 2021 event

  • Sendai Aoba Matsuri
    仙台・青葉まつり
    • Address Jozenji-dori, Aoba-ku, Sendai city, Miyagi Prefecture
    • 電話番号:022-223-8441(仙台・青葉まつり協賛会)
      料金:無料

Sendai's climate in May

May is when the highest temperatures are close to 20°C. In recent years, due to the effects of global warming, there are days when temperatures exceed 20°C. However, Sendai is known for its strong winds. The cool breeze blowing from the sea makes the higher temperatures milder.

Sendai's average in May (Japan Meteorological Agency)
Average Temperature (℃)
15.0
Highest Temperature (℃)
19.4
Lowest Temperature (℃)
11.1
Precipitation (mm)
109.9
Humidity (%)
71

What should you wear in May in Sendai?

What should you wear in May in Sendai?

As warm days approach, wear lighter clothes than you would in April. Shorter items like three-quarter-length tops and shorts are going to be perfect. Unless you particularly suffer the cold, you won't need tights or stockings.

What to wear
Top:
(Men) short-sleeved T-shirt+windbreaker; (Women) shirt+light hoodie
Bottom:
(Men) shorts; (women) pants
Shoes:
(Men and women) sneakers

Did you find the information about Sendai useful? Enjoy your spring trip to Sendai!

Text by: ShoePress
The information in this article is current as of February 2021. Please check the official website for the latest information.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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