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SendaiJapan

Explore the museums, universities and striking buildings that make up this exciting modern city on Japan’s Honshu island. 

Located on the northeast side of Honshu island, Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region. It is known as Mori no Miyako, or “Forest City”, because of the lush trees and plants that populate the city. The old city was largely demolished during World War II, making Sendai the thoroughly modern city it is today.

Explore old and new alongside one another in Sendai. Osaki Hachiman Shrine is a rare relic of the old world in the city. Completed in 1607, this Shinto shrine has been designated a National Treasure of Japan. A fine example of the extravagant Azuchi-Momoyama style of architecture, the site makes for a fascinating step back in time. By contrast, Sendai Mediatheque is a striking example of contemporary design. Conceptualized by the famed architect Toyo Ito, this library has a gift shop and café.

Explore displays by both local and international artists at Miyagi Museum of Art. The museum’s courtyard is home to a large sculpture garden. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city at Sendai Castle Ruins. The original castle was destroyed by Allied bombing, but the imposing gates and grounds are still a breathtaking sight. Purchase a souvenir for your trip to Sendai at Clis Road. This street, the main shopping district in the city, is pedestrianised and under cover.

The large selection of universities in Sendai has earned the city a reputation as a center of academia. Tohoku University, one of the oldest colleges in Japan and among the most prestigious universities in the world, is the city’s largest. The presence of so many students contributes to a bustling downtown district, with a large variety of restaurants and bars.

Sendai is very easy to reach by plane, train and car. Sendai Airport has a large offering of domestic flights and a limited number of international routes as well. The city has a station on the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train, which can reach Tokyo in 2 hours.

Where to stay in Sendai

Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Aoba Ward

5/5Exceptional!(52 area reviews)

You might enjoy the hot springs while in Aoba Ward. Sakunami Hot Spring is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Kita-Sendai Station or Kita-Yonbancho Station to see more of the city.

Aoba Ward
Mediateca de Sendai, Japón.

Kokubuncho

While you're in Kokubuncho, take in top sights like Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi and jump on the metro at Kotodai-Koen Station to see more of the city.

Kokubuncho
A winter waterfall.  Akiu Falls near Sendai.

Taihaku Ward

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

While you're in Taihaku Ward, take in top sights like Akiu Otaki Falls or Yagiyama Zoo, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Tomizawa Station or Nagamachi-Minami Station.

Taihaku Ward
Izumi Ward, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Izumi Ward

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

The mountain views and restaurants are just a few things visitors like about Izumi Ward. Sendai-Izumi Premium Outlets and Sendai Stadium are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Izumi-Chuo Station or Yaotome Station to get around the larger area.

Izumi Ward

Top Hotels in Sendai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
3 out of 5
3-1-1 Itsutsubashi, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi
The price is ¥3,802 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Zuihoden Mausoleum and Tohoku University. Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum ...

3.9/5Good! (964 reviews)
Good facilities but far away from Sendai Station

"The hotel was great with a sizeable onsen facility. It was well doctorates and well maintained. However, the room is slightly too tiny, it was difficult opening my luggage in the trim and the hotel is slightly far away from the Sendai Station with around 7 to 9 walking distance."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
Hotel Vista Sendai
Hotel Vista Sendai
3 out of 5
1-7-3 Tsutsujigaoka, Miyagino-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken
The price is ¥6,314 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in the heart of Sendai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zuihoden Mausoleum and Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall. Tohoku University and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,015 reviews)

"An easy walk from JR Sendai Station, aim for Yoyodobashi Camera store exit. Excellent public bath, wonderful attentive service. Coin washers on site. Generous room size and extremely comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Hotel Vista Sendai
Hotel Monterey Sendai
Hotel Monterey Sendai
3.5 out of 5
4-1-8 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken
The price is ¥5,054 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in Aoba Ward, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Zuihoden Mausoleum, Tohoku University, and Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall. Sendai ...

4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"The sday was excellent. The TV in the room was too small and did mot work properly"…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Hotel Monterey Sendai

Popular places to visit in Sendai

Tohoku University
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Tohoku University

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the campus of Tohoku University, a well-known college in Sendai. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Sendai International Center
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Sendai International Center

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Sendai International Center during your trip—a top convention center in Sendai. Make time to visit the monuments and theme park while you're in the area.

Aoba Castle
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Aoba Castle

4.5/5(7 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Sendai with a stop at Aoba Castle. Amble around the area's parks or experience its festivals.

Top things to do in Sendai

Enjoy Fresh Summer Time on Miyagi Coastline
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Enjoy Fresh Summer Time on Miyagi Coastline

¥7,398
Per adult
Minamisanriku Ai Indigo Tour
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Minamisanriku Ai Indigo Tour

¥25,746
Per adult

Reviews of Sendai

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Going to see Zao fox village is a definite must for anyone going to Sendai. Also don’t forget to try out the local dish gyudon!

5/5 - Excellent

TAW

Nov 13, 2019

Sendai is my second hometown. I visit my family there. It is a nice city to live.

4/5 - Good

S.A.

Nov 7, 2019

Museum Very good, but it would be interesting to tell more about the each "Tonosama" after "Date Masamure"

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

Come and visit Tohuku and Sendai!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

So far so good! The first day we went to Yamadera and it was beautiful. We will be exploring sendai all day today before heading back out

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

Recomendable visitar Kirin Beer Factory