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Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Sendai


Miyagi
3 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

In March 2011, Sendai area was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
The coastal area was severely damaged, and the reconstruction is still going on.

In this tour, we will visit the ruins of Arahama Elementary School building, which is preserved as a monument.
We will also learn about the disaster prevention and the reconstruction at a memorial center.

Itinerary

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  • Ruins of Arahama Elementary School
  • A memorial statue on the coast
  • Sendai 3/11 Memorial Community Center

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What to Expect

In this tour, you can learn the damage of the earthquake, and the recovery from it.

We will visit the ruins of Arahama Elementary School building.
In the time of tsunami, many people evacuated to the school building and survived.
The building is now preserved as a monument to learn about the disaster.
You can enter the building and see the damages of tsunami closely.
You can also see some exhibitions including documentary videos and pictures.

On the coast, there is a memorial Buddhist statue dedicated to the victims of tsunami.
If you are interested, we can walk to the coast to see the statue.
It will take about 10 minutes from the school building.

We will also visit Sendai 3/11 Memorial Community Center.
It has the permanent exhibitions about the disaster and recovery.
It is located next to Arai Station, so we can visit there before or after Arahama Elementary School.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At Sendai Station or anywhere you like around downtown Sendai
Ending Point At Sendai Station or anywhere you like after the final destination

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up around downtown Sendai

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide)

subway fare (Sendai to Arai Station) is 300 yen for one way.
bus fare (Arai Station to Arahama Elementary School) is 220 yen for one way.

Important

Arahama Elementary School building is closed on Mondays, and 2nd and 4th Tursdays (next day if falls on a national holiday)

We will use the public transportation (subway and bus).

Subway fare (from Sendai to Arai Station) is 300 yen for one way.
Bus fare (from Arai Station to Arahama Elementary School) is 220 yen for one way.

Institutions we will visit are admission free.

If you want to see a memorial statue on the coast, it will take about 10 minutes by walk form the school building.
I recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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William William United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Customized Half Day Sendai Tour ”

My wife is a true Hanyu Yuzuru’s fan and that’s the main reason why we decided to spend half day (on our way to Akita) in Sendai to visit his birth place and hometown. If triplelights allow us to give Shunsuke a six stars rating, we are more happy to do so. Shunsuke diligently planned a special tour to make sure my wife can experience her “Yuzuru” experience, Shunsuke even went beyond and helped my wife to get the limited Yuzuru subway pass two months before we arrived. He understand our group is traveling with an elderly and pre arranged taxi service besides using the subway. Shunsuke is very communicative, patient, courteous and accommodative. We decided to schedule another half day trip with him when we travel back from Akita to Tokyo. Anyone who is interested in exp... read more

SHUNSUKE:

Thank you for the great review. I had a great time with you and your family, too. Hanyu Yuzuru is a hero to Sendai people. I am so glad that he attracts many fans to Sendai.

Murat Murat Belgium ( Solo )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ A Very Memorable Tour in Matsushima Area ”

Shunsuke was a great tour guide with a lot of experience, he planned our tour carefully and also took into account my preferences about what to do along the way. I wanted to see the cherry blossoms and he took me to a park on the hills of Matsushima where the view of cherry blossoms together with the view of Matshusima Bay area was amazing! I wanted to try some of the local food and he took me to a local restaurant for a great sushi course and famous local oysters. Of course, we also visited all the important monuments in the area, even witnessed a real buddhist wedding ceremony in Zuiganji Temple! Every step along the way, he told me about the importance and the history of the places we visited. I really enjoyed the tour and also learned a lot from him. I would highly recommend Shunsuke a... read more

SHUNSUKE:

Thank you very much for a great review. I am glad that you I enjoyed the tour in Matsushima. You were interested in many things in our local town, which made me happy. I also had a great time with you.

Revance Victoria Revance Indonesia ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ The View is Great and Nice Tour Guide ”

Very Welcome..and Have The Right Time To See Wonderful Scene...Great Job

SHUNSUKE:

Thank you very much for the great review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour. I also had a great time with you and your family.

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