The ancient castle grounds of Sendai's famous feudal warlord Masamune Date are home to a majority of Tohoku University's facilities. In addition to the five main campuses is the new Aobayama campus on Aobayama mountain surrounded by beautiful fir forests native to the region's hilly terrain which endures next door to the thriving metropolis of Sendai city, home to more than one million people.
For more than a century of history from its establishment in 1907, Tohoku University has promoted excellence in education and research under its principles of "Research First," "Open Doors," and "Practice-Oriented Research and Education." Since its establishment, Tohoku University has been consistently ranked amongst the top academic institutions in Japan.
In 2016 the university was one of the first three institutions to be conferred the status of “Designated National University.” In 2020, 2021, and 2022 the university was ranked #1 in Times Higher Education’s Japan University Rankings.