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

Hotel Grand Terrace Sendai Kokubuncho
Hotel Grand Terrace Sendai Kokubuncho
3 out of 5
2-2-2 Kokubuncho, Aoba, Sendai, Miyagi
The price is ¥4,091 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Aoba Ward, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sendai City War Reconstruction Memorial Hall, Tohoku University, and Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (432 reviews)
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Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Hotel Grand Terrace Sendai Kokubuncho
APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
3 out of 5
3-1-1 Itsutsubashi, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,628 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Asaichi Morning Market and Tohoku University. Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (966 reviews)
"Small, cramped room, but it basically had everything we needed for a one-night stay. The main issues were cleanliness (there was someone else's hair all over our comforter) and comfort (the pillows were basically thin mats and were extremely uncomfortable). I have previously stayed at less expensive ..."

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
Dormy Inn Sendai ANNEX Natural Hot Spring
Dormy Inn Sendai ANNEX Natural Hot Spring
3 out of 5
2-11-26, Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken
The price is ¥7,601 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Aoba Ward, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mitakisanfudoin and Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall. Jozenji-dori Avenue and Tokyo Electron ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (965 reviews)
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Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

Dormy Inn Sendai ANNEX Natural Hot Spring
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES  102with terrace /  Miyagi
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES 102with terrace / Miyagi
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
The price is ¥25,872 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Miyagino, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Smile Glico Park, Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall, and Tohoku University. Jozenji-dori ...
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES 102with terrace / Miyagi
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES  201with rooftop balcony /  Miyagi
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES 201with rooftop balcony / Miyagi
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
The price is ¥25,872 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Miyagino, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Smile Glico Park, Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall, and Tohoku University. Jozenji-dori ...
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES 201with rooftop balcony / Miyagi
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES  101with terrace /  Miyagi
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES 101with terrace / Miyagi
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
The price is ¥25,872 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Miyagino, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Smile Glico Park, Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall, and Tohoku University. Jozenji-dori ...
Rakuten STAY x EAGLES 101with terrace / Miyagi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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