Great East Japan Earthquake

Great East Japan Earthquake

The northeastern part of Japan, including Sendai, was hit by a devastating earthquake on March 11, 2011. The tsunami triggered by the earthquake severely damaged coastal areas, but not the city center. Since then, Sendai has made slow but steady progress towards recovery thanks to support from all around the world.
The tragedy has taught us about the threats of natural disasters and the importance of disaster preparedness.

If you want an overview and timeline of Sendai’s reconstruction projects of the coastal area, it is best to visit the “Sendai 3.11 Memorial Community Center”, located inside Arai Subway Station on the Tozai Line. You can view permanent exhibits about the earthquake and the current situation of reconstruction in Sendai. There are also temporary exhibits which display various aspects of the disaster.
Access: Inside Arai Sta. of Tozai Line, Sendai City Subway
Price: None

If you have time, you can depart from Sendai to visit nearby coastal towns, such as Ishinomaki, Natori and Minamisanriku. The “Miyagi Tourism Reconstruction Support Center” is ready to offer foreign language support. They can coordinate your visit to tsunami-hit areas, such as where to visit, supporting persons or organizations, and access information, in accordance with your purpose and needs.

Miyagi Tourism Reconstruction Support Center email address:
miyagikanko305@ray.ocn.ne.jp