Life in Sendai


Tohoku University is located in Sendai, a city that presents a perfect balance of the convenience of a major regional center with stunning natural beauty and an ease of life not found in the metropoli of Kanto or Kansai. Known as the "City of Trees," Sendai's parks and natural spaces, as well the mountains, beaches, and other natural attractions that surround it, make the city popular with nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. For food lovers, Sendai's culinary scene is second to none, and renowned restaurants serving famously fresh foods abound. The city's night life attracts revelers from across the Tohoku region and its festivals, including the famous Tanabata Festival, bring visitors from around the country and the world. Sendai is also a city steeped in history, located in a region ripe for historical exploration. As the castle town of the Edo-period Date clan, Sendai occupies an important place in Japanese history, and famous historical sites like the UNESCO-recognized temple complex at Hiraizumi are within easy reach from the city. From the fish markets of Shiogama and Kesenuma and the hot springs at Naruko and Akiu, to the volcanic splendour of Mt. Zao and the legendary beauty of Matsushima, Sendai and its surroundings offer the best of comfort and excitement in Japan.

Student Support


The Siebold Program offers extensive support to students. All participants are given housing in Tohoku University's dormitory system and receive a stipend of 80,000 yen/month to cover their living expenses. Students also receive assistance in essential non-academic activities. Siebold associates meet participants at Sendai Station, help them settle in the university residence, and assist in activities like registering with the city government, setting up bank accounts and telephone service, and other aspects of life. The Siebold Program also organizes field trips bringing together Japanese and international students, holds parties and social events, and has established Tohoku University's International Oasis Lounge to help program participants engage with local society and build links with local students and residents. Tohoku University offers many resources dedicated to international students, including health and counseling services, dedicated rooms for study and relaxation, and on-campus organizations devoted to helping visiting students and scholars. Siebold scholars will find all that they need to make their lives in Sendai comfortable and their studies successful.

Tohoku University
Tohoku University

Siebold Multidisciplinary
Japan Studies Program

Graduate School/Faculty of Arts and Letters
Tohoku University
Aoba-ku, Kawauchi 27-1
980-8576 Sendai, Japan