Discover Sendai

Sendai, the largest city in Japan's northern Tohoku region, offers a refreshing change of pace from the bustling capital. As a city rich in history and culture, Sendai boasts numerous fascinating temples and museums, providing an insight into the region's heritage. The city is also a shopper's paradise, with a variety of shopping districts catering to all tastes. From modern malls to traditional markets, you'll find plenty to explore and discover.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Sendai

The best way to get around in Sendai is by public transportation. Sendai has a lot of options to get around by train or bus including discounted tickets for a specified duration. Alternatively, you can get to most sights on foot. 

Please check below for a list of discounted passes to get around in Sendai:

  • Loople Sendai Tourist Bus 1-Day Pass
    • Coverage: most touristic attractions in Sendai
    • Duration: 1 day
    • Price: 630 Yen
    • Where to buy: information booth at Sendai Station
  • Sendai Area Pass
    • Coverage: all subway lines, city buses, JR trains and Loople Buses within Sendai (only available for foreign tourists)
    • Duration: 1 day
    • Price: 1320
    • Where to buy: Sendai Station


  • Sendai Marugoto Pass
    • Coverage: all subway lines, city buses, JR trains and Loople Buses within Sendai
    • Duration: 2 days
    • Price: 2720 Yen
    • Where to buy: all train stations within Sendai

Getting to Sendai

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Nearest Airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Yamagata airport. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • by public transport: approximately 2 hours

How long to stay in Sendai

We recommend staying here for about one day. 

Hotels in Sendai

Flights to Sendai

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Day trips from Sendai

Matsushima is a captivating archipelago of tiny islands, recognized as one of Japan's three most scenic views. To fully appreciate the beauty of the area, take a leisurely cruise aboard ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 19.98

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Yamadera, perched high in the mountains, offers one of Japan's most iconic and breathtaking views. This awe-inspiring temple is built into the mountainside and offers stunning vistas of the surrounding ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 39.24

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Zao is a destination that offers something for everyone, from the stunning Okama crater lake to various hiking trails and skiing opportunities in the surrounding mountains. Hike Mount Byobu or ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 43.70

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Yamagata, a smaller capital city in Japan, offers a wealth of attractions for a day trip. Visit the historic Bunshokan museum, the Shichiemongama Pottery Workshop, or Yamagata Castle to delve ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 46.46

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Nestled not far from Sendai, Naruko Onsen is a quaint hot spring village perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. In addition to the therapeutic hot springs, the village offers winter sports ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 55.04

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