The Best Things To Do in Sendai-Shi

Sendai's tourist appeal is based mainly around historical heritage, the many parks, and a handful of beautiful attractions just outside the city. They call it the City of Trees, and it's easy to see why – the city seems to have a love affair with zelkova, gingko and cherry trees, each of which are spectacularly beautiful.

The Date samurai clan, and especially Masumune (the samurai who helped found the city), is highly revered here. Weirdly enough, the city’s main attraction, which was the clan’s castle, is an empty lot – it’s where the castle USED to be before it was destroyed. Today, the closest you can get to sightseethe founders is at the Zuiho Temple Shrine, where Masumune and other important clan members are interred. Other than the many shrines, historic appeal is confined to museums such as Sendai City Museum of History and Folklore and the Sendai City Museum.

Of green spaces, there are many. The city's favourite such attraction is the Jozenji-dori Avenue, an elegant boulevard of zelkova trees. See the lovely wooded area around the old castle place. Many of the parks are on hilly areas, which brings us to the next attraction type - the lookouts. Sendai has so many excellent and atmospheric viewpoints that not bringing carrying your camera everywhere would be silly. Check the AER Lookout Terrace, Miyagikencho Outlook Hall, the gazebo at AtagoJinja Shrine and of course, the castle area itself.-e is active, it's not really outstanding. The Mediatheque is quite an architectural achievement.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Sendai-shi, Japan

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  1. Aoba Castle

    #1 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Aoba Castle

    Tags: Castle

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango 980-0862 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Aoba Ward, tower stand Aoba Castle

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It's a little humorous that a city's main attraction is a whole lot of nothing. This is where the Aoba Castle USED to be. The poor structure, once a grand and mighty edifice built during beginning of ...Read more

  2. Jozenji-dori Avenue

    #2 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Jozenji-dori Avenue

    Tags: Streets

    Address: Jozenji Dori, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This street alone could qualify Sendai for its title 'City of Trees'. A beautiful 700 metre pathway stretching from Nishi Park to Kotodai Park runs down a shopping street, flanked on either side by tw...Read more

  3. Zuihoden Mausoleum

    #3 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
     Zuihoden Mausoleum

    Tags: Museum, Architecture

    Address: 23-2 Otamayashita, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 980-0814, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    Masumune Date founded Sendai, so it is fitting that Sendai is where he was laid to rest, here in this mausoleum. Though the building you see today is not the original work of beauty (burned down in WW...Read more

  4. Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery

    #4 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango 989-3433 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Aoba-ku, Nitsuka 1

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    It is unfortunate that for the most part, this tour will have to be restricted to Japanese speaking visitors only. It's not that foreign language speakers aren't allowed… it's that they don't h...Read more

  5. Aoba-dori Ichibancho Avenue

    #5 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Aoba-dori Ichibancho Avenue

    Address: San mall Ichibancho shopping street promotion association Japan, Yubinbango 980-0811 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Ichibancho, 2-5-5, Toichi Central Building 4F

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    If all shopping areas in the world were like this covered shopping arcade, shopping is all people would ever want to do. Beautiful, clean and airy, the arcade connects several shopping streets togethe...Read more

  6. Osaki Hachiman Shrine

    #6 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Osaki Hachiman Shrine

    Tags: Religious Site

    Address: 4 Chome-6-1 Hachiman, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 980-0871, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This black shrine is dedicated to a kami of war - Hachiman, who was the Date family's patron deity. This protection thus extends to the city, making this shrine one of the most important in Sendai. It...Read more

  7. Sendai Mediatheque

    #7 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Sendai Mediatheque

    Tags: Library

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango 980-0821 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Aoba-ku, Kasuga-cho, 2-1

    Timings: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    Boil this place down to its very basic and it is essentially just a decent library. But visitors and locals of the city alike tend to freak out over its impressive architectural achievement. The most ...Read more

  8. Akiu Great Falls

    #8 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Akiu Great Falls

    Tags: Waterfall

    Address: Otaki-11 Akiumachi Baba, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 982-0244, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This waterfall makes it into the list of the top hundred waterfalls in Japan in terms of both beauty and historic significance. That said, the falls don't look all that special. It is the walk and the...Read more

  9. Sendai City Museum

    #9 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Sendai City Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango 980-0862 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Kawauchi, address 26

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:45 pm Details

    Focusing on the history and origins of the city with a special look into the life and achievements of Masumune Date, this museum is probably the first one you want to visit on your trip to Sendai. It ...Read more

  10. Sendai Umino-mori Aquarium

    #10 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Sendai Umino-mori Aquarium

    Tags: Aquarium

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango 983-0013 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Miyagino Ward, Nakano, 4 Chome-6 address

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    When the Matsushima Marinepia Aquarium, one of Japan's oldest, was closed in 2010, much of its assets were brought over to this newer, larger and far more modern aquarium. The two floors of the aquari...Read more

  11. Yagiyama Zoological Park

    #11 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Yagiyama Zoological Park

    Tags: Park, Zoo

    Address: Japan, 〒982-0801 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Taihaku Ward, Yagiyamahoncho, 1−43

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:45 pm Details

    Opened in 1965, the zoo has 550 animals covering a 145 species. The exhibits are arranged according to the animal’s natural habitats and occasionally according to their taxonomy. It's curious th...Read more

  12. Aobayama Park

    #12 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Aobayama Park

    Tags: Park, Walking Area

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

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    There's not much to do in this park if you've already seen the castle, the shrine and the museum. But it has some nice pathways and areas to rest your feet, so it's worth a stroll. It's only in the sp...Read more

  13. Tsutsujigaoka Park

    #13 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Tsutsujigaoka Park

    Tags: Park, Picnic Spot

    Address: 1 ChomeGorin, Miyagino Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 983-0842, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Anyone who hears about an extremely popular park in Japan should probably easily guess that much of the fame is owed to the cherry blossom trees. Indeed, this park is the city of Sendai's most popular...Read more

  14. Sendai Asaichi

    #14 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Sendai Asaichi

    Tags: Walking Area, Market

    Address: Yubinbango980-0021 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Chuo, 4 Chome-3-28

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This narrow alleyway market has a rather inspiring origin. After the Allied fire-bombings destroyed the main sources of produce for the city, locals began to grow their own crops and sold it here. Tod...Read more

  15. Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port

    #15 of 98 Things To Do in Sendai-shi
    Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port

    Tags: Park, Food And Drinks, Restaurant, Street Market

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango983-0013 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Miyagino Ward, Nakano, 3-7-2

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    In Japan, the words Mitsui Outlet Park always command immediate attention, for they are always a shopper's paradise. In Sendai, this translates into a shopping complex with a hundred and twenty stores...Read more

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