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Green powdered tea and sweets are served.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (21): Drink in the view at a lord's tea house
Elevated above Matsushima Bay, Kanrantei offers an excellent view of the ocean. Once a tea-ceremony house that belonged to the feudal lord Date Masamune, it is now offers...
Kanrantei/ Matsushima Museum

56 Matsushima Chonai, Matsushima, Miyagi county, Miyagi Prefecture

The prayer beads are almost complete once they are threaded.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (20): Entsu-in Temple
Entsu-in Temple was founded in 1647 to honor Date Masamune’s grandson Mitsumune, who died as a teenager.
Entsu-in Temple

67 Matsushima Chonai, Matsushima, Miyagi county, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-354-3206

Godaido juts out to the sea and can be seen from pleasure boat.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (19): Zuiganji Temple
In addition to Sendai Castle, the feudal lord Date Masamune was responsible for many temples and shrines. He was particularly enamored with the construction of Zuiganji Temple.
Zuiganji Temple

91 Matsushima Chonai, Matsushima, Miyagi county, Miyagi Prefecture

Godaido

111 Matsushima Chonai, Matsushima, Miyagi county, Miyagi Prefecture

Sushi prepared with freshly caught fish is superb.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (18): Tuna town serves up freshest sushi
Shiogama, located north of Sendai, is said to have the highest number of sushi restaurants per square kilometer in Japan.
Kamekizushi

6-12 Shintomicho, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-362-2055

Closed Tuesdays

Ichimorizushi

4-2 Nishimachi, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-362-0236

Closed Wednesdays; open when Wednesday is a holiday

Ooirizushi

1-7-12 Shinhamacho, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-366-2721

Closed Tuesdays

Sushi-Shirahata

2-10 Kaigandori, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-364-2221

Closed Tuesdays; open when Tuesday is a holiday

Sushisen

2-1 Asahicho, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-364-6938

Closed Thursdays

Sushitetsu

2-22 Kaigandori, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-362-3261

Closed Thursdays

Sushitoku

3-16 Sauracho, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-364-3245

Closed Wednesdays

Uosaku (Closed for business)

2-20 Nishimachi, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-362-8998

Sushi no Shiogama

2-1-15 Minatomachi, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-367-2885

Closed Mondays and third Sunday (Open during high season)

Sushiya no Yamako Shiogama outlet

Marine Gate Shiogama 2F, 1-4-1 Minatomachi, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-367-9343

Closed Wednesdays

Daikokuzushi

3-9-33 Kitahama, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-367-6396

Closed Thursdays

Niozushi

3-3-2 Fujikura, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-362-8383

Closed Mondays

Hamasei

3-10 Kaigandori, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-366-7526

Irregular holidays

Maruchozushi

11-16 Ojimacho, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-362-3637

Closed Tuesdays; open when Tuesday is a holiday

Different types of boats are in service.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (17): Marine Gate Shiogama, boat ride around Matsushima
Marine Gate Shiogama is the arrival and departure station for a pleasure boat service that connects Shiogama Port and Matsushima, a group of islands ranked as one of the top...
Marine Gate Shiogama

1-4-1 Minato-machi, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-361-1500

Open everyday

The wooden Akiu Teshigoto-kan offers a cozy atmosphere and sells many reasonably-priced items.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (16): Kinoie (Wooden House)
The “lodge village” located in the Kinoie facility in Akiu Hot Springs offers a fun and economical traveling experience, especially for large groups.
Kinoie

2-1 Maoto, Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-397-2714

Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (March-November); 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (December-February)

Admission of 1,000 yen per adult and 500 yen per child is required to enter the lodge village. The village is closed Dec. 31, Jan. 1 and from Monday to Thursday during January and February. The coffee shop and ceramic store are closed on Dec. 31, Jan. 1, Wednesday and Thursday during January and February.

The bath affords a view of the snow in winter.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (15): Day-dipping at Kagaribi no Yu Ryokusuitei
Since the sixth century, when an emperor is said to have bathed in Akiu Hot Springs to heal a skin problem, the “onsen” has been associated with the imperial family.
Kagaribi no Yu Ryokusuitei

27 Uehara, Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-397-3333

Open to day visitors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is 1,200 yen ($11.5) (Special price is set for the New Year’s holiday season from the end of December through early January)

Recently, cute small-sized kokeshi dolls have become popular.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (14): Akiu Craft Park
One of the many things Japan is proud of is the sophisticated skill of its traditional artisans.
Akiu Craft Park

54 Uehara, Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-398-2770

The observation platform offers a spectacular view of the Akiu Great Falls which plunge 55 meters to a pool below.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (13): Akiu Great Falls, beautiful throughout the year
The Akiu Great Falls in Sendai’s western Taihaku Ward is designated as one of the top 100 most spectacular waterfalls in Japan, making it a magnet for tourists.
Akiu Great Falls

Otaki, Akiumachi Baba, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Visitors may view the waterfall at anytime.

Parking is free of charge.

The rocky surface of Rairai-kyo gorge is breathtaking.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (12): Akiu Sato Center, Rairai-kyo gorge, Kitchen toto
“Onsen” inns dot the Akiu Hot Spring area about an hour’s bus ride from Sendai Station. But the area in the heart of nature also offers an even “deeper” experience...
Akiu Sato Center

40-7 Teradahara, Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-304-9151

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open every day except for two days when maintenance work is carried out.

Bicycle rental:

Free service available from April through November, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Requests received until 4 p.m.) Closed in case of rain.

Foot bath “Juemon-no-yu”

Open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from April through November, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free of charge. Closed in case of rain.

Akiu Hot Springs Information Office (at Akiu Sato Center)

Tel: +81-(0)22-398-2323

Open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kitchen toto

6-4 Yakushi, Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-398-2908

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.

Shufu no mise Saichi

27 Yakushi, Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed on second and fourth Wednesdays.

(Open on holidays, although schedule may change in August and December.)

Tel: +81-(0)22-398-2101

A power assisted bike makes life easier when navigating the steep hills. The back tire is marked with the logo DATEBIKE, as in Date Masamune.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (11): DATEBIKE
Overseas visitors with a smattering of Japanese might consider renting a bicycle to get around the city. Sendai has a rental bike service called “DATEBIKE.”
DATEBIKE Service Station

1-10-1 Chuo, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Telephone: 0120-260397 (24 hours)

Cell phone and photo ID must be provided when renting a bike

Sendai’s first lord Date Masamune and his faithful group of vassals
CHARMS OF SENDAI (10): Modern day samurai troop promotes Date's city
Visitors to Sendai may be surprised to see samurai clad in armor and carrying swords on the city streets.
Date Busyoutai
Sculptures of small animals are on display in Alice’s Garden.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (9): The Miyagi Museum of Art
Home to more than 5,000 pieces of artwork, the Miyagi Museum of Art focuses on creations by well-known local artists from Miyagi Prefecture and the Tohoku region.
Miyagi Museum of Art

34-1 Kawachi-Motohasekura, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-221-2111

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

The autumn hues of fall never fail to delight visitors. (Courtesy of the City of Sendai)
CHARMS OF SENDAI (8): Jozenji-dori street and Sendai Mediatheque
Sendai has long been referred to as “Mori no Miyako,” or city of trees. True to its name, the streets along and around Sendai Station are lined with trees, and the city is...
Sendai Mediatheque

Address: 2-1 Kasugamachi, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Closed every fourth Thursday each month, except December; Dec. 29 to Jan. 3.

Different hours, closing days apply for respective facilities.

KANEIRI Musuem Shop 6

Tel: +81-(0)22-714-3033

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Closed every fourth Thursday each month, except December; December 29 to January 3.

Osaki Hachimangu Shrine is a national treasure that was built by the same group of skilled artisans who built the Zuihoden Mausoleum.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (7): Famed Osaki Hachimangu Shrine easy to find
It's easy getting to Osaki Hachimangu Shrine, as sightseers stepping off the bus will immediately see the big red torii gate.
Osaki Hachimangu Shrine

Address: 4-6-1 Hachiman, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-234-3606

Sendai’s specialty dish is “gyutan” or grilled sliced beef tongue.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (6): The home of Japanese 'gyutan' (beef tongue)
“Gyutan,” a hybrid of the Japanese word “gyu,” which means cow, and the English word “tongue,” is famous throughout Japan as Sendai’s specialty dish.
Date no Gyutan Honpo Aobajo outlet

1 Kawauchi, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-223-4715

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last call 2:30 p.m.)

Open every day

Date Masamune’s suit of armor and helmet that bears his signature crescent moon crest.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (5): Sendai City Museum
The Sendai City Museum is situated on what was once part of the vast Aoba Castle, or Sendai Castle, complex. On display are numerous artifacts connected with the Date family...
Sendai City Musuem

Address: 26 Kawauchi, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-225-3074

Access: About 10 minutes from Sendai Station, using the local bus service; 20 minutes using the Loople Bus. Get off at the Museum/ International Center stop. Three minutes on foot from there.

A lion mask wood carving decorates a column.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (4): Zuihoden Mausoleum a must-see destination
The Zuihoden Mausoleum is where one of Japan's the most powerful feudal lords is entombed.
Zuihoden Mausoleum

Address: 23-2 Otamayashita, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Tel: +81-(0)22-262-6250

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. from Dec. 1 to Jan. 31)

Closed on Dec. 31

Admission: 550 yen ($5.28)

Loople Sendai bus drivers act as tour guides, explaining sights and giving accounts of history, as they drive along the bus route.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (3): Loople Sendai buses are not to be missed
A bustling city with a population of 1.06 million, Sendai is well served by JR trains and subways. But for visitors who want a hassle-free way to reach their destinations...
Loople Sendai

Buses leave from the No. 15-3 stop at the west entrance bus pool.

Passengers may get on and off at any of the 15 bus stops on the route.

Services operate every 30 minutes; every 20 minutes on weekends and during August.

Fare: 250 yen for each ride

One-day tickets are available for 600 yen, which is a better deal if taking more than three rides during a single day.

There are four ticket designs with photos of the city and illustrations.

Passengers may get discounts on entrance fees or be eligible for gifts at some facilities by presenting their one-day ticket.

(*Only applicable for Loople Bus services. Charges will apply for other bus services.)

Tablets provide interpreting services for Korean and Chinese speakers. Getting around Sendai is made easy for non-English speakers, too.
CHARMS OF SENDAI (2): Sendai City Information Office a vital first stop
Visitors coming to Sendai should make the Sendai City Information Office their first stop to help them get the most out of their visit.
Sendai City Information Office

Address: 2F JR Sendai Station Building, 1-1-1 Chuo, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Dec. 31 through Jan. 3)

Open every day throughout the year

Tel: +81-(0)22-222-4069

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