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.

Known for

Castle, Ruin and Hot Spring

Top hotels in Sendai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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APA Hotel TKP Sendai-Ekikita
3 out of 5
201-1 Nakakecho, Miyagino-ku, Sendai
C$56/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.2/5Very Good! (245 reviews)

"I liked the fact that the property is really close to the train station and there is a walkway the easily connects the 2 properties. The walkway was especially helpful due the rainy weather that we experienced."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

APA Hotel TKP Sendai-Ekikita
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APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
3 out of 5
3-1-1 Itsutsubashi, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai
C$51/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
3.8/5Good! (697 reviews)
Great Place to Stay!

"The hotel is really nice especially on the outside facade. The location is quite near to the major shopping district and to the main train station. It is also an ideal place since there's a convenient store in the building grounds and a near by grocery and food chain (Yoshinoya- just few blocks away). ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2019

APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
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nine hours Sendai
2.5 out of 5
2-2-8 Kokubuncho, Aoba-ku, Sendai
C$44/night
Aug 15 - Aug 16
4/5Very Good! (546 reviews)

"Very simple check in process and the hotel is very clean"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2019

nine hours Sendai

Top activities in Sendai

Blueberry picking in Shonai, 2 days Self Guided Tour
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Blueberry picking in Shonai, 2 days Self Guided Tour

C$242

Discover Shonai area, in Yamagata prefecture, one of Japan's destination far from the tourist crowd, and try unique activities of the area! Our tour includes Hotel nights, breakfast and dinner included Unique activities of Shonai Part of transportation in a private taxi Exclusive use of the navigation app Navitime to find your route and informations of the tour Round-trip flight Tokyo-Shonai with ANA (option with flight) Activities Blueberry picking.

Geisha culture of Sakata, 2 days Shonai Self Guided Tour
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Geisha culture of Sakata, 2 days Shonai Self Guided Tour

C$230

In Shonai, Yamagata prefecture, one of Japan's destination far from the tourist crowd, and try unique activities of the area! Our tour includes Unique activities of Shonai Hotel night, breakfast included Activities Enjoy a Maiko, apprentice Geisha, a dance performance in a traditional setting at Somaro Tea House.

Spiritual Tour of Mt. Haguro, 2 days Shonai Self Guided Tour
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Spiritual Tour of Mt. Haguro, 2 days Shonai Self Guided Tour

C$235

In Shonai, Yamagata prefecture, one of Japan's destination far from the tourist crowd, and try unique activities of the area! Our tour includes Unique activities of Shonai Hotel nights, breakfast included Activities Mount Haguro Spiritual Tour with a Buddhist monk.