[[These locations in Google Maps:http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=102035444455952236738.00048211d6a7339975737&ll=38.822591,140.888672&spn=3.937027,7.064209&z=7]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);

*Sightseeing in Sendai [#t50112ca]

See [[the Web site:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/10000000.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);, with the following cautions:
-''[Updated on April 18, Sunday]'' Although we already have some cherry blossom in Sendai, full bloom is delayed due to cold weather.
-The [[Tsutsujigaoka Park:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/0000/0003/0000/10000000000300000002.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); is perhaps the most accessible place for cherry blossom viewing (~15 minutes on foot or 1 stop by train from Sendai Station).  It is also beautiful at night.
-Most buildings of the [[Sendai (Aoba) Castle:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/0000/0001/0000/0000/100000000001000000000002.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); were ''lost'' during the 19th-20th centuries, though the site is part of the [[Aobayama Park:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/0000/0003/0000/10000000000300000001.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);, which is good for cherry blossom viewing in mid-April.
-The [[Nishi Park:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/0000/0003/0000/10000000000300000000.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); used to be good for cherry blossom viewing as well, but most of the cherry trees have been ''removed'' due to subway construction.

*More Excursions [#i90887c7]
For those who are staying a few extra days before or after FLOPS 2010, here are several possibilities of more excursions around Sendai.  All of them are 1-2 hours from Sendai by train or express bus.
For those who are staying a few extra days before or after FLOPS 2010, here are several possibilities of more excursions around Sendai.  All of them are 1-2 hours from Sendai by train (or express bus).
-Islands and temples in [[Matsushima:http://www.matsushima-kanko.com/en/]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);
-Sushi and other seafood in [[Kesen-numa:http://www.pref.miyagi.jp/kankou/EN/sushi/sushi_kesennuma.htm]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);, [[Ishinomaki:http://www.pref.miyagi.jp/kankou/EN/sushi/sushi_ishinomaki.htm]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); and [[Shiogama:http://www.pref.miyagi.jp/kankou/EN/sushi/sushi_shiogama.htm]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);
-Onsen (hot springs) in [[Naruko:http://www.pref.miyagi.jp/kankou/EN/sightseeing/Naruko/Naruko.htm]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);
-Cherry blossoms in [[Kitakami:http://www.kitakami.ne.jp/~ksa/]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); (Web site in Japanese)
-Islands and temples in [[Matsushima:http://www.matsushima-kanko.com/en/]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);
-Cherry blossom viewing in [[Kitakami:http://www.kitakami.ne.jp/~ksa/]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); (Web site in Japanese)

See also the Web sites of [[Japan National Tourism Organization:http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/miyagi/sendai.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); and [[Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Division:http://www.pref.miyagi.jp/kankou/EN/]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);.  Try Google or other search engines for more information.

*Sightseeing in Sendai [#t50112ca]

See [[the Web site:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/10000000.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);, with the following cautions:
-Most buildings of the [[Sendai (Aoba) Castle:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/0000/0001/0000/0000/100000000001000000000002.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); were ''lost'' during the 19th-20th centuries, though the site is part of the [[Aobayama Park:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/0000/0003/0000/10000000000300000001.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink);, which is good for cherry blossom viewing in mid- and late April.
-The [[Nishi Park:http://www.sentabi.jp/1000/0000/0003/0000/10000000000300000000.html]] &ref(http://www.kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/images/arrow-06.gif,nolink); used to be good for cherry blossom viewing as well, but most of the cherry trees have been ''removed'' due to subway construction.


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