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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

Hotel Grand Terrace Sendai Kokubuncho
Hotel Grand Terrace Sendai Kokubuncho
3 out of 5
2-2-2 Kokubuncho, Aoba, Sendai, Miyagi
The price is $31 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Aoba Ward, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sendai City War Reconstruction Memorial Hall, Tohoku University, and Sendai International Center. Sendai ...
3.9/5Good! (310 reviews)
Enjoy local food and beverage
"Good location and great service"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2020

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
The price is $37 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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
Almont Hotel Sendai
Almont Hotel Sendai
4 out of 5
3-4-10 Chuo, Aoba, Sendai, Miyagi
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $54 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Aoba Ward, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aoba-dori Avenue and Tohoku University. Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Sendai International ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (290 reviews)
"Excellent breakfast, excellent service. Room was a bit small but very clean and functional. overall enjoyed my stay"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Almont Hotel Sendai
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