Sendai

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Sendai
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

APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
3 out of 5
3-1-1 Itsutsubashi, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 984-0022
The price is ¥4,628 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Sendai. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Good place, no fuss, has a nice onsen. Will stay again."

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2022

APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
Sendai Kokusai Hotel
Sendai Kokusai Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-6-1 Chuo, Sendai, Miyagi, 9800021
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,109 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Sendai. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (325 reviews)
Great location and amazing food!
"Everything was great. Very close to Sendai station. Buffet breakfast was amazing, great variety of food. 100% recommend staying here."

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2021

Sendai Kokusai Hotel
Hotel Metropolitan Sendai
Hotel Metropolitan Sendai
4 out of 5
1-1-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken, 980-8477
The price is ¥11,983 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Sendai. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"The room was bit small but the location is very convenient"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

Hotel Metropolitan Sendai
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RM32  Sendai  Floor area 589  Whole charter / Sendai Miyagi
RM32 Sendai Floor area 589 Whole charter / Sendai Miyagi
Sendai, Miyagi
The price is ¥9,660 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this apartment in Sendai. Enjoy free WiFi, a kitchen, and 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Asaichi Morning ...
RM32 Sendai Floor area 589 Whole charter / Sendai Miyagi
RM51  Sendai  Floor area 589  Whole charter / Sendai Miyagi
RM51 Sendai Floor area 589 Whole charter / Sendai Miyagi
Sendai, Miyagi
Stay at this apartment in Sendai. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Asaichi Morning Market ...
RM51 Sendai Floor area 589 Whole charter / Sendai Miyagi
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES  102with terrace / Sendai Miyagi
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES 102with terrace / Sendai Miyagi
Sendai Miyagino-ku, Miyagi
The price is ¥37,632 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this apartment in Sendai. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Smile Glico ...
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES 102with terrace / Sendai Miyagi
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