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Travel Guide


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
The price is ¥4,132 per night from May 9 to May 9
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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
Good for one night only
"Everything in this hotel is modern in terms of design, but the room is just too small - it was difficult to even open a suitcase without having to lean against the wall. The bed was rock hard and pillows uncomfortable. It’s a good 8-10 minute walk from the station. Hot spring was nice and the check-in ..."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 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 ¥5,488 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in the heart of Sendai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asaichi Morning Market, Tohoku University, and Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (980 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
Mitsui Garden Hotel Sendai
Mitsui Garden Hotel Sendai
3.5 out of 5
2-4-6 Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken
The price is ¥6,727 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Aoba Ward, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sunmall Ichibancho, Tohoku University, and Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall. Sendai International ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (762 reviews)
"Efficient even during and after an earthquake struck!"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Mitsui Garden Hotel Sendai
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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!

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Nov 13, 2019

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

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Nov 7, 2019

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

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Oct 22, 2019

Come and visit Tohuku and Sendai!

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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

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Oct 12, 2019

Recomendable visitar Kirin Beer Factory

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