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Discussion in 'NRT/HND/KIX/ITM/CTS/FUK | Japan Regional Airports' started by sendaiben, Feb 8, 2011.
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'cause I am pretty sure no-one else lives here
Feel free to ask me stuff about the local area, etc.
Oh yeah, SDJ is Sendai, by the way
I have been to Sendai (or rather though it, sorry), but by train, so I have no experience with SDJ. Do you yourself make use of that airport?
Yes, definitely. It has very useful flights to Osaka, Chubu, and Sapporo. A couple of international flights (Korea, Taiwan), and two flights a day to Narita (awesome if you are connecting to *A).
Check out more here: http://www.sdj-airport.com/english/flight/index.html
Hail to the king!!!
Now I know whom to contact when I visit
Drop in anytime
Do they have jetways at NRT for domestic connections, or do you always have to ride a bus?
The flight from Sendai, no. You have to ride the bus cause the plane is too small to connect to the jetway
(it's a Bombardier something or other, not much bigger than a private jet, that's why seats are so hard to get SDJ-NRT, although the return flight is normally okay)
So why should one visit Sendai? Or what should one do while visiting Sendai for mundane reasons?
Well, my standard answer is that Sendai is a great place to live, but there's not much point in making a trip just to visit.
It is famous (in Japan) for gyuutan (cow's tongue), kamaboko (a foul fish past concoction), Matsushima Bay (overrated due to it's inclusion in the 'top three scenic places in Japan'), the Tanabata Festival (August 5-8th) which is a nightmare as the city fills with visitors -literally, and the Pageant of Light in December, where they put Christmas lights all over the city centre. To be honest, I would only recommend the last of these
However, if you want to break your journey on the way to the North, or you're in the area anyway, Sendai is a pleasant place. There are some nice temples to look at, we have the largest entertainment area in Tohoku (dining/drinking/nightlife), and the compact city centre makes shopping and wandering around convenient.
So, drop in if you're in the neighborhood, but don't make a special trip just for us
I think I need to make a trip there for the 牛タン
I look forward to your return from exile!
Thanks! I have left my kingdom, but hope to return soon.
Especially this week.
These satellite pics from the NYT before and after the earthquake and tsunami show the damage from a birds-eye-view. I hope things settle down enough with the plants to allow folks to focus on reconstructing their lives soon.
That's what we are waiting for. Once the situation with the nuclear plant and the food/fuel situation gets back to normal, we'll be back to pick up the pieces. I am not entirely convinced the nuclear incident is over, and until it is I won't be taking my family back to Sendai
Welcome back home sendaiben!!!
I am returned
I've been in Sendai but I didn't do any of the things on your list except walk around the shopping and entertainment areas and visit some temples. I found the city very pleasant and interesting partly because it was obviously not a place with lots of foreign tourists.
I remember a time when I Iwas supposed to arrive from the US on a connection through Osaka (which I thought would be easier than Tokyo) but a big blizzard closed the airport and JAL rebooked me into Tokyo, from where I took the bullet train and nevertheless arrived on the right day.
It was sad to recognize the area in news pictures, but I'm glad that you're now able to return home.
You are making us all very happy. I hope your home and your conditions are all OK. Is SDJ back in operation? Are you and your family all recovered now?
SDJ is unfortunately still out of commission. The closest working airport is Yamagata (GAJ), about an hour away by bus. Buses to Narita/Haneda (the train lines to Tokyo are out of commission) take about five hours.
My family are all fine, luckily. The city is slowly getting back to normal. You can buy most things, and we have electricity and water. Gas will take longer as they have to inspect each home before turning the gas on. Teams from all over the country are helping the Sendai Gas Board.
Thanks for the update. I'm glad you're managing.
It's great to know that things are coming back in Sendai and that you have the essentials of electricity and water
In Kobe, gas took about 2-3 months to be fully restored after the Hanshin quake, but in the end they put things back together.