On a visit to Sendai-shi you definitely cannot miss out on the must see places. The significance of these must see places are that they stand as a symbol for Sendai-shi. These places are what Sendai-shi is all about. These must see places in Sendai-shi will stay as cherishing memories of the city forever in your heart.
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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 the Edo period, was repeatedly destroyed by earthquakes. Then came the Meiji Restoration and the Allied bombings of WWII, leaving naught but a husk of...
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Jozenji Dori, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken, Japan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 twin lines of the majestic zelkova trees. The street runs east to west, marked at intervals by beautiful and elegant sculptures by various artists, incl...
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23-2 Otamayashita, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 980-0814, Japan
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
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 WWII), the Momoyama architectural traditions that went into the original's making have been preserved in this recreation. The grounds, which are shaded ...
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 have an English language tour yet. So, unless you're a whiskey aficionado who can't stand the thought of leaving behind a whole distillery unvisited (a...
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San mall Ichibancho shopping street promotion association Japan, Yubinbango 980-0811 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Ichibancho, 2-5-5, Toichi Central Building 4F
10:00 am - 09:00 pm
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 together. This has resulted in an area with every kind of store imaginable, from boutiques to upscale electronics, pet stores, cheap apparel and of course, c...
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4 Chome-6-1 Hachiman, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 980-0871, Japan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 was completed in 1607. The build and layout of the shrine is quite unusual - black lacquer and gold leaf and other vivid color arrangements. It is an...
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 prominent feature is the transparent glass facade. The vertical steel latticeworks that rise up to the building are naked to the eye and give the stru...
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Otaki-11 Akiumachi Baba, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 982-0244, Japan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 atmosphere leading up to the falls that make the trip fun. When you arrive at the parking lot, you'll find snack stores and a resting area. In front ...
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 will give you great perspective into the city, even though as a museum you'll probably find better ones elsewhere. Altogether, the museum's collection...
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 aquarium has more than 50,000 animals and cover 300 species. The main attractions are a rare blue shock coma the dolphin shows, the sea lion shows and the p...
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 that such a non-tourists intensive city such Sendai would have such a comprehensive zoo, but it does. Let's quickly list the main attractions - African ...
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Kawauchi, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
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 spring time that the park really transforms into something beautiful. The reason, of course, cherry blossom season, and the park has plenty of cherry trees to offer.
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1 ChomeGorin, Miyagino Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 983-0842, Japan
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 hanami viewing spot in spring. The trees are planted along the park's paved lanes, especially the western end. Hanami goers can usually be found picn...
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. Today, the 71 stalls in this alley is known as Sendai's Kitchen, and man eateries in the city source their produce here. That's why, if you're looking to...
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, featuring top domestic and foreign brands. The restaurants are excellent, as is the food court. For kids who want to be compensated while their pare...