Starting point to any countryside when you're from Narita is in Tokyo. So, from there take a Bullet Train/Shinkansen to Sendai. you can either take a 1 week tourists pass with unlimite rides for a week which cost you around $200 to $400(I have to confirm this first!)I guess it's too expensive but one way ticket for Sendai that time was 15,000Yen which is equivalent to $125 so, you can have more dicount in it!
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Getting to Sendai
In Japan, the Shinkansen is the fastest mode of transportation and definitely much cheaper than flying.
The Shinkansen (bullet train) takes only a couple of hours to go across country and will cost a couple hundred dollars from Toyko. The cars are very comfortable (if you are a smoker you can reserve a smoking car seat). They have people that come around with carts and you can buy coffee/tea in cans as well as other snacks.
I love the transportation system in Japan and the best part is that you get to see so much of the country on the train.
Getting around Sendai
Sendai's public transport is designed for commuters not for tourists - so Akiu Onsen Hot Spa is reached by a few bus routes for example, whereas commuter suburbs Izumi and Nagamachi are well served by the subway. If you use the subway/bus - its worth buying a SKIP card, which will give you more rides for your money than if you pay by cash. Don't bet on subways/trains or bus after midnight, even 11:30pm - so make sure you have taxi fare. The train lines- the Senseki (East to Matsushima and Ishinomaki), the Senzan (West to Yamagata and Akita) and the Honsen (north and south) are cheaper per mile and will take you to some of the more touristy spots, but are best avoided before 9AM, as they are crowded with commuters and schoolkids. If you plan a day-trip from Sendai make sure you know when you intend to come back, as a lot of train and bus connections finish before 8pm. This is particularly important in the mountainous areas to the north and west.
Trains and buses
The subway system in Japan is great...if you can read a bit of Hiragana or Kanji. Otherwise, just know where you want to go and ask around. Someone will help you. the subway stations can be confusing though. Go with someone who knows the place or get a map. Sendai is pretty well marked in English too but don't count on it.
Loople tourist bus
I could be wrong, but it seems that the "Loople" tourist bus that covers all the main sights, stops running at around 4pm, which means that you'll find another way to get around after that. As the Loople bus is so tourist-friendly, it's a shame that it doesn't run til much later
If you're planning to find a nice places except the city center and bound for another great sightseeings..The best way is to take also the bus as they have buses that would take you anywhere you want;-) The main stop also is in the ground floor of the Train Station. so, you can imagine, the Train Station has anything you want except I guess for the you-know thing..But if you fancy checking it out-be alive at night..you can see them at the streets giving brochures!
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With receipt Taxi's
As Japanese has a very convenient and clean taxi's, you can also try their taxi with reciepts in it. You can either pay it by credit cards but be aware that the flag down rate is 660yen or $5 to $7..expensive,eh? Better go walking,dear!
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Sendai City Transportation Bureau.
SENDAI CITY TRANSPORTATION BUREAU: Comminet.or.jp.
AIRPORT LIMOUSINE: Comminet.or.jp.
LOOPLE SENDAI CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS: Comminet.or.j .
The best way to get to Sendai...
The best way to get to Sendai from Tokyo is by taking the JR Tokaido Shinkansen train. It's recommended you buy a JR Pass before getting to Japan because it's more economical. The photo is a shot of the Tokaido Shinkansen platform at Tokyo station.
La mejor manera de llegar a Sendai desde Tokyo es el el Tren Tokaido Shinkansen. Se recomienda que compren el pase JR antes de llegar a Japon porque asi es mas barato. En la foto se puede observar la plataforma del tren Tokaido Shinkansen en la estacion de Tokyo.
The best way to get around Sendai is by foot and by bus.
La mejor manera de desplazarse en Sendai es a pie y por autobus.
By public transport
I found the bus difficult to use especially in the dark. But it was easy to use the subways (metro) to get around. I used those to get to the Mediatheque and the Streetcar museum.
It takes about 1 hr 40 mins by Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo JR Station.
For foreign visitors, buy the 5-day JR East Pass or 7-day JR Pass for great savings.
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