Get ready to explore the beautiful “city of trees” with Thai Airways’ new direct service to Sendai, launching on October 29.
Making the announcement at Toyotsu Japan Festival 2019, the Thailand flag carrier said that the new service will mark the airline’s sixth Japan destination, in addition to Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo.
A city in Japan’s Tohoku region, Sendai is blessed with a warm climate, charming scenery, as well as historic sites like the 17th-century Sendai Castle. Also known as the “city of trees”, the city is especially beautiful during the changing seasons.
The new service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, with 30 seats in Royal Silk Class (business class) configured in a 2-2-2 layout, as well as 279 seats in economy class. Flight TG626 will depart the Thai capital on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, at 11:50 p.m. and arrive in Sendai at 7:30 a.m. On the return, flight TG627 will leave the Japanese city on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, at 11:15 p.m. and reach Bangkok at 4:05 p.m.
Here are five great reasons to plan a trip here—if you haven’t already:
1. See the ruins of a former castle
Built in 1600 by feudal lord Date Masamune, the Aoba Castle has had a fascinating history spanning the anti-feudal movement of the Meiji period, the carpet bombing of 1945, and even a massive fire. Today, visitors can explore the remnants of the outer stone walls and guard tower, along with a museum documenting the castle’s artifacts.
Meanwhile, cultural lovers can check out the Zuihoden Mausoleum, which lets visitors take a glimpse into the long history of the Date lords who once ruled Sendai from Aoba Castle.
2. Come up close with adorable foxes
An hour’s drive from Sendai, Zao Fox Village is Japan’s largest fox-themed zoo with more than 100 foxes living free-range in a garden surrounded by nature. Great for families, the interactive zoo is home to the rare species of silver foxes, as well as blue foxes, platinum foxes, and shadow foxes. In springtime, visitors can also come up close with baby foxes, with guidance from the zookeepers.
3. Marvel at legendary “snow monsters”
“Snow monsters” or fir-trees covered in thick layers of snow, are a must-see at Zao Onsen in Japan’s Yamagata prefecture. Known to locals as “Jugyo”, these odd-shaped and grotesque-looking snow trees create a unique landscape best enjoyed between late December and March. During the peak season, night illuminations bring the trees to life in a beautiful yet surreal manner.
4. Take a relaxing soak in an onsen
No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to the onsen, a Japanese hot spring bath that is said to offer nourishing benefits to one’s skin and health. Yamagata’s Ginzan Onsen is among the country’s prettiest onsen towns, with its rows of historic ryokan that line the river, evoking the nostalgia of a bygone era. Formerly a silver mine, Ginza Onsen is now home to various public baths and delicious local snacks like pickled watermelon.
5. Savor gyutan (beef tongue)
Don’t leave Sendai without trying gyutan, a dish comprising of thinly sliced beef tongue cooked over a charcoal grill. The region’s signature dish, gyutan, comes in many delicious forms, such as curry or stew. Have it alongside side dishes like oxtail soup and white rice, or enjoy it on its own.
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