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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, 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 Jozenji Temple 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, 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 ¥4,132 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Zuihoden Mausoleum and Tohoku University. Sendai International Center is 1.7 ...

3.9/5Good! (967 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 Metropolitan Sendai
Hotel Metropolitan Sendai
4 out of 5
1-1-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken
The price is ¥9,917 per night

Located in Aoba Ward, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Zuihoden Mausoleum and Tohoku University. Sendai International Center is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)

"The hotel is very clean, good service and good location (adjacent to the Sendai train station) love it."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Hotel Metropolitan Sendai
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sendai
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sendai
3 out of 5
1-2-37 Tsutsujigaoka Miyagino-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken
The price is ¥6,694 per night

Located in the heart of Sendai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zuihoden Mausoleum and Tohoku University. Sendai International Center is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (456 reviews)

"Very convenient and staff is helpful . Value for money"…"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sendai

Popular places to visit in Sendai

Akiu Otaki Falls
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Akiu Otaki Falls

5/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors at Akiu Otaki Falls, a lovely green space in Sendai. Discover the area's hot springs and countryside.

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

Tohoku Highway Bus Ticket
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Tohoku Highway Bus Ticket

¥8,000
Per adult
Geisha culture of Sakata, 2 days Shonai Self Guided Tour
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Geisha culture of Sakata, 2 days Shonai Self Guided Tour

¥19,000
Per adult

Reviews of Sendai

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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