Following the launch of multi-entry visa to Chinese tourists who will at least stay in one of three Tohoku prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima in July, the first tour group from China arrived at Sendai.
At the JR Sendai Station, people from the local tourism industry including the stationmaster welcomed the Chinese tourists getting off from Tohoku Shinkansen (super-express train) with welcome gifts.
Musubimaru, the local character of Sendai City and Miyagi Prefecture joined in welcoming them and happily posed for photograph to entertain them.
Multi-entry visa to Tohoku: To help boost the economy in the three Tohoku prefectures, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, hit hardest by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japan has started issuing a multiple entry visa to wealthy Chinese with the condition that they will stay at least one night in the region on their first visit. The visa will be valid for three years and the holder is allowed to stay in Japan for up to 90 days per visit.