Day1

Sightseeing in Sendai City!

To Sendai by Shinkansen
From Tokyo to Sendai by Shinkansen 2 hours / 350km

Loople Sendai

るーぷる仙台

This is a sightseeing bus that starts from Sendai Station and circulates to recommended sightseeing spots in the center of the city. The one-day pass is a great value and allows you to get on and off the bus anywhere, making sightseeing in Sendai free and convenient.
Data:Loople Sendai
From Sendai Station to Zuihoden
15 min. by bus / 2.2km
To go & see

Zuihoden

瑞鳳殿

This mausoleum was built according to the will of Date Masamune. It is decorated with butterflies, plants, and other glittering decorations, showing the characteristics of the glittering Momoyama culture of the late 16th to early 17th centuries. I The museum also displays valuable materials such as videos of excavations and remains.
Data:瑞鳳殿
Adress/ 23-2 Otamayashita, Aoba-ku, Sendai Miyagi 980-0814
TEL/ 022-262-6250
From Zuihoden to Sendai Castle Ruins
15 minutes by bus / 2.2km
To go & see

Sendai Castle Ruins

仙台城跡

Sendai Castle is also known as Aoba Castle. Aobayama, 130 meters above sea level, has cliffs to the east and south, and the Hirose River flows under the cliffs. It’s easy to defend and difficult to attack thanks to its natural strategic location. The whole area is a park where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Sendai City and the Pacific Ocean. You can experience the Sendai Castle VR Go at the Aoba Castle Museum, which will make you feel as if you've gone back in time.
Data:Sendai Castle Ruins
Adress/ 1 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai Miyagi 980-0862
From Sendai Castle Ruins to Osaki Hachimangu Shrine
20 min. by bus / 3.8km
To go & see

Osaki Hachimanugu Shrine

大崎八幡宮

Osaki Hachimangu Shrine, founded by Date Masamune in 1607, has been and continues to be popular for its various blessings. The vermilion torii gate, the wide stone steps, and the towering cedar groves along the approach give a sense of 400 years of history and a solemn atmosphere.
The Donto Festival, in which New Year's decorations are burned in the shrine precincts to pray for good health and family safety, attracts about 100,000 people.
Data:Osaki Hachimanugu Shrine
Adress/4-6-1 Hachiman, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0871
TEL/ 022-234-3606
From Osaki Hachimangu Shrine to Jozenji Street
15 min. by bus / 4km
To go & see

Jozenji-dori Street

定禅寺通

Jozenji-dori is a street lined with zelkova trees that stretches about 700 meters in the center of Sendai. The middle of the street is a walkway, dotted with benches and sculptures, making it a place for local people to relax.In the fall, a street jazz festival is held, and in the winter, the zelkova trees are illuminated in a pageant of light that is a yearly tradition. The Sendai Mediatheque, which houses a library and gallery, and many cafes and stores make for an enjoyable stroll.
Data:Jozenji-dori Street
Adress/ 2 Kokubuncho, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miygai 980-0803
Food

Sendai Local Food

仙台グルメ

Sendai is known for its beef tongue, which is also served as Ekiben!Some people may wonder why Sendai, but it seems to have spread from one store.
From Jozenji-dori Street to the hotel
10 min. by bus / 1.5km
Stay

Hotel Monterey Sendai

ホテルモントレ仙台

Hotel Monterey Sendai is conveniently located just a 3-minute walk from Sendai Station. The elegant Art Nouveau interior will make you feel like you are in a foreign country. Enjoy the luxury of soaking in the hot spring water drawn from deep underground while overlooking the rich nature of Sendai. The breakfast buffet, which includes a variety of local dishes from Tohoku and Miyagi, is fantastic.
Data:Hotel Monterey Sendai
Adress/ 4-1-8 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0021
TEL/ 022-265-7110

Day2

Visit Matsushima, one of the three most scenic spots in Japan

Departure from the hotel

From Sendai Station to Matsushima Kaigan Station
35 min. by JR Sengoku Line
From Matsushima Kaigan Station to Zuiganji Temple
7 min. by walk / 0.5km
To go & see

Zuiganji Temple

瑞巌寺

The official name of Zuiganji Temple is Matsushima Seiryu-zan Zuigan Enpuku Zen Temple. Originally built in the early 9th century as a temple of the Tendai sect, it was converted to a temple of the Rinzai sect in the Kamakura period. It is famous as a temple associated with Date Masamune. The gorgeous fusuma paintings and Ranma carvings by the Kano school are a must-see!
Data:Zuiganji Temple
Adress/ 91 Matushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miygai 981-0213
TEL/ 022-354-2023
From Zuiganji Temple to Entsuin
Short walks / 0.1km
To go & see

Entsuin

円通院

The main attraction of Entsuuin is its garden! The garden, which is said to have been created by Enshu Kobori, one of the most famous gardeners of the Edo period, is centered around the Shinji Pond. It is also famous as a moss temple. The illuminated autumn leaves attract many visitors with their fantastic splendor. The temple is also strongly influenced by Western culture, and you can find roses and playing card patterns on the walls.
Data:Entsuin
Adress/ 67 Matushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miygai 981-0213
TEL/ 022-354-3206
From Entsuin to Godaido
7 min. by walk / 0.5km
To go & see

Godaido

五大堂

Godaido, the symbol of Matsushima, is called after the statue of Godai Myoo that is enshrined there. It is a small island floating near the sightseeing boat terminal, about an 8 min. walk from Matsushima Kaigan Station, and can be reached by crossing the "Sukashibashi bridge". The sculptures of the twelve animal signs are arranged according to the direction.
Data:Godaido
Adress/ 111 Matushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miygai 981-0213
Food

Local Food

松島グルメ

One of the best things to eat in Matsushima is seafood! Oysters in Matsushima can be eaten in a variety of ways, including raw oysters, grilled oysters, fried oysters, and with egg! In addition to oysters, hokki-gai, abalone, and scallops are also delicious. You'll be amazed at the size of them! We also recommend the sea eel dish! Sasa-kamaboko is a popular souvenir. You can try your hand at making sasa-kamaboko and enjoy freshly baked kamaboko.
From Godaido to Sightseeing Boat Terminal
Short walks
To go & see

Matsushima Island Tour Boat

松島島巡り観光船

A sightseeing boat allows you to enjoy the scenery of Matsushima to the fullest. There are nearly 260 islands in the bay, and Matsuo Basho was so taken by the scenery that he left behind a famous haiku. You can get up close to the islands and enjoy the scenic beauty that can only be reached by a sightseeing boat. The route from Matsushima to Shiogama is also recommended.
Data:Matsushima Island Tour Boat
Adress/ 85 Matushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miygai 981-0213
From the Terminal to Matsushima Kaigan Station
6 min. walk / 0.5 km
From Matsushima Kaigan Station to Honshiogama Station
15 min. by train
From Shiogama Station to Shiogama Shrine
15 min. walk / 1.2km
To go & see

Shiogama Shrine

志波彦神社・塩竈神社

Shiogama Shrine, popularly known as "Shiogama-sama" by the locals, is worshipped as a god of safety at sea, satisfaction in catching big fish, and protection of safe delivery. The Shiogama Port can be seen from the Shihabiko Shrine in the precincts of the Shiogama Shrine. The Shiogama Minato Festival in April and the splendid cherry blossoms in early May are a must-see!!
Data:Shiogama Shrine
Adress/ 1-1, Ichimoriyama, Shiogama, Miyagi 985-8510
Back to Sendai

From Shiogama Shrine to Honshiogama Station
15 min. by walk
Honshiogama Station to Sendai Station
20 min. by JR Sengoku Line

Stay at Hotel Monterey Sendai (the 2nd night)

Day3

Enjoy the shopping ! - Morning Market, Arcade, and Yokocho-

Departure from the hotel

From the hotel to Morning Market
3 min. by walk / 250m
To go & see

Sendai Morning Market

仙台朝市

About 70 stores are lined up, offering a wide variety of local foods such as seasonal fish, fresh vegetables and fruits. Great collection of seafood from the ports of Miyagi Prefecture! There are also many restaurants that use the freshest ingredients, so you can eat and drink as well as buy souvenirs!
Data:Sendai Morning Market
Adress/ 3-8-5 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0021
TEL/ 022-262-7173
Food

Zunda

仙台スイーツ「ずんだ」

The "Zunda" series is a must-try when you come to Sendai. The beautiful green color is made from edamame and soramame. Not only the basic zunda mochi, but also shaved ice, soft ice cream, pancakes, and many other sweets are available. The most popular souvenirs in Sendai are the round custard-filled "Haginotsuki" and the winter-only candy "Shimobashira" that falls apart in your mouth!
To go & see

Sendai Shopping Street

仙台商店街

There are many shopping streets in Sendai called arcades or Yokocho. You can enjoy them even in the rain! Each shopping street has its own history, and some have stone monuments, so enjoy yourself while joining in with the locals.
Data:Sendai Shopping Street
Adress/ 3-8-5 Chuo Aoba-ku, Sendai Miyagi 980-0021
TEL/ 022-262-7173
To go & see

Festival

仙台のお祭り

The Sendai Tanabata Festival, held in August, is one of the three major festivals in Tohoku and has a history of over 400 years! The city of Sendai is gorgeously decorated with Tanabata decorations. The Aoba Festival, which heralds spring, features Yamahoko floats set up in the arcades in the center of Sendai, and the Sparrow Dance is performed. In autumn, the Street Jazz Festival is held, and in winter, the zelkova trees are lit up in the Sendai Pageant of Light.
To go & see

Hot Spring in Sendai

足を伸ばして温泉へ

Miyagi Prefecture is also rich in hot spring resorts. Sakunami Onsen and Akiu Onsen located in Sendai City, is a 30-minute drive from the center of the city and has long been a favorite as a a day trip hot spring. Naruko Onsen, one of the three famous hot springs in Oshu, is famous for its kokeshi dolls, and there are many kokeshi doll workshops in the hot spring town.

From Sendai Station to Tokyo Station
2 hours by Shinkansen

End of tour

旅行代金(概算)

Tour Fee
Per Person
Peak Season (1 room for 2 people) 77,900 JPY~
Off season (1 room for 2 people) 53,200 JPY~
Includes
Round trip Shinkansen tickets, 2nights accommodation with breakfast, Tax

Sights Information

Fukuura Island

Fukuurashima Island is located in Matsushima, and you walk across a 252-meter-long vermilion-painted bridge. On the island, there is Benten-do and a teahouse. In autumn, the green of the pine trees and the autumn leaves are very beautiful. Fukuura Island's famous "Daruma-mikuji" is a wooden Daruma doll with a fortune inside.

Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi flourished as the capital of the Oshu Fujiwara clan during the Heian period. You can visit Chuson-ji Temple with its Konjikido (Golden Hall), Motsu-ji Temple with its Pure Land Garden that expresses the world of Buddha, and other important cultural properties with an elegant atmosphere. It is recommended that you rent a bicycle or take a tour bus!

Kokeshi Dolls

Kokeshi dolls, which are said to have originated as souvenirs from hot spring resorts in Tohoku, have become popular as good luck charms to ward off evil spirits and as toys for children, and have spread throughout Japan. They have different shapes and expressions depending on the region where they are made. Please try to find your favorite kokeshi.

Zao

The Zao mountain range, which straddles Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures, offers mountain roads for driving from spring to autumn, and skiing and hot springs in winter. The emerald green caldera lake "Ogama", fresh green leaves, autumn leaves, and tree ice in winter are just a few of the natural beauties you can enjoy.

Toyoma

In the Meiji era (1868-1912), the prefectural government was located here, and the area flourished as a political and economic center. The streets are still full of samurai residences from the Edo period and Western-style architecture from the early modern period. You can tour inside the buildings, and some samurai residences have been turned into teahouses, so you can enjoy a nostalgic stroll.

Photo credits:宮城県観光プロモーション推進室