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BT0001 Sendai City

Guided Tour of "Ruins from the Disaster: Sendai Arahama Elementary School"

Contents/ Itinerary for BOSAI Tourism

320 people evacuated to Arahama Elementary School when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. The following tsunami surged up to the 2nd floor of the school. A visit to the school building that has been preserved in its damaged state, as well as through seeing the exhibited photographs taken right after the disaster, participants will be able to clearly recognize the power and the threat of a tsunami.
Participants can see the damaged school building from outside as well as photographs taken immediately after the disaster on the 1st and the 2nd floors. On the 4th floor, where participants can see photographs and videos of the disaster in chronological order:the time the earthquake occurred, the evacuation, the moment when the tsunami hit, and the time of rescue. The history and culture of Arahama, Sendai City is also introduced, alongside various memoires about the area. On the rooftop, participants can compare the landscape – The current state and the state before the disaster.

What we want to tell through the experiences of BOSAI Tourism Contents

To enhance participants' awareness of disaster preparedness risk reduction, participants will learn about the terror of the tsunami which hit Arahama Elementary School and about preparation for disasters.

Minimum capacity

One person

Maximum capacity

About 100 people (please consult in case of more than 100 participants)

Fee (Per person or per activity) for BOSAI Tourism Contents

Free of Charge

Required time for BOSAI Tourism Contents

40 to 75 minutes (2 hours are recommended if a visit to the "remains of the Arahama district," 7 minutes on foot from Arahama Elementary School, is included.)

Disaster Categories

Earthquake / Tsunami

Disaster phases of the contents




How to implement BOSAI Tourism Contents

Lecture tour

Organization Names

Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake: Sendai Arahama Elementary School


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