Peaceful countryside where isn't behind with the trend!
I had a hard time eating Japanese foods as first timer!
Take a break on your journey north.
The Japanese C60 class of 4-6-4 Hudson wheel arrangement steam locomotives was born from the rebuilding of 47 surplus C59 class 4-6-2 Pacific locomotives between 1953 and 1961. 39 locos were rebuilt from pre-war C59s, while 8 were rebuilt from post-war variants. The class survived until 1971. Only one C60 is preserved: the C60 1 in Sendai !more
Doi Bansui (1871 - 1952), whose real name was Tsuchi'i Rinkichi, was born in Sendai. He was a teacher and poet. After graduating from the Imperial University of Tokyo, where he studied English Literature, he taught English at the Second Higher Middle School in Sendai. He made a large contribution to Japanese literature by translating and...more
The castle known as Sendai Castle (仙台城, Sendai-jō) or more popular as Aoba Castle (青葉城, Aoba-jō) after its location upon Aoba Mountain, was constructed about 1602 by order of Date Masamune. It functioned as the government office of the Date clan until 1875, when it was demolished by the Imperial...more
Japanese name: 宮城縣護國神社Gokoku shrines or "shrines to defend the country" are Shinto shrines, in which soldiers and other military personnel are worshiped as kami (gods), who died in wars on the Japanese side. (The most famous one is the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, sometimes politically controversial.)...more
Japanese: せんだいメディアテークTo suggest a mediatheque as a city's favourite attraction might sound somewhat unusual, but in fact, it's not only me that would do so in the case of Sendai.Sendai Mediatheque was designed by the famous Japanese architect Toyo Ito. If standing in front...more
Sendai has a compact downtown which is generally centered to the west of JR Sendai Station. An aerial view of the entire city is available for free from the Azur observation deck, located in Azur Sendai Building. The broad streets and abundance of greenery have resulted in Sendai's nickname, "the city of trees". Many parks and public spaces...more
Zuihoden Mausoleum is the site of entombment of one of the most powerful feudal lords of the Edo Period, Date Masamune. Masamune was the first in a long line of Date lords to rule over Sendai from Aoba Castle. His son and grandson, Date Tadamune and Date Tsunamune, are entombed in nearby mausoleums, while other descendants are laid to rest in less...more
Sendai is known as "The City of Trees." The main streets, Aoba-dori and Jozenji-dori, are lined with rows of beautiful zelkova trees, The Christmas illumination, the "Sendai Pageant of Starlight" is spectacular, not to mention the beauty of fresh verdure in spring and the scarlet-tinged leaves in autumn. Ichiban-cho-dori Street, which crosses...more
By chance I found out about Sendai having a tramway museum. The museum is small and free of charge. It's a bit hard to find though and I needed help as I lost my way. But basically follow the map that hanging at the subway station and keep your eye on the line above that goes from the end station to the depot. If all goes well, you walk about 12...more
HOTEL METROPOLITAN SENDAI. 300 guest rooms. Very convenient location with lots of shopping centers...more
Stay a number of time in Sendai over the years - #1 in price, service and convenience. Dormy has 3...more
They have bigger rooms compare to the first one but the same cleanliness though it's newer I guess....more
As I found this one very accomodating and they serve good foods either for breakfast, lunch and dinner they also served it sumptously! I was happy to finally found this non-Japanese style serving foods which the price is affordable. The ambience that looks very elegant but I guess the hotel itself is old but they keep it very clean that's why,it...more
dont miss this restaurant on Clis Rd in central sendai. it is hard to find. when you are walking west on Clis (a covered street with plenty of shopping), on the right, you will see a sign with the italian flag colors (green red and white). the day we went, they displayed plastic examples of what food they serve. if you are tired of noodles and raw...more
Finding Mexican food in Japan is hard enough. But this place was actually good! I mean it's not like the real thing but as close as you're going to get here. Could use more spice but the burritos were definitely made with love. Great beer list - Dos Equis, Bohemia, Corona, Negro Modelo and a great tequilla list. But unless you've got a man to blow...more
These 2 chaps are students from Mongolia! How did I find out? Because of my limited vocabulary in Japanese, I tried to converse in English. & they didn't understand! So, one of the guy asked me in Mandarin instead! Boy, was I amazed! We chatted for a while & I found out they were originally from Mongolia & are currently learning Japanese in Sendai....more
OH MY GOODNESS! What could be better than King Crabs??? I mean, they're pratically bigger than my arm! I'm just kidding. The King Crab's really GOOD! You guys should really dig your teeth into those yummy things! They are definitely yummy that's why they're also definitely EXPENSIVE. One piece of King Crab costs around 10,000 yen! And if you don't...more
I guess this place is a chain of similiar dance spots around Japan. Well we didn't know that and really wouldn't have cared anyway. The night started off with nobody dancing but us gaijin, the music was just OK but from where we came from with no dance clubs this was culture! Ok, .given I'm not a big dancer, I could take it or leave it but we were...more
There are karaoke places all over the downtown area, as well as any major shopping area. Ji Yu Kan is one such place. A group of people usually go together and pay for a few hours of time (around 3000 yen per person). Ji Yu Kan offers an all you can drink bar (non-alcoholic and alcoholic), and dance machines in the rooms. Most karaoke places DO...more
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...more
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...more
Not a shop but a huge mall running a few kilometers? Tons of things, mostly japanese but there are tiny little alleyways off the main drag that are really worth exploring. I found my first mountaineering shop down one of these. The guy spoke really good english and had a tiny shop filled with the latest Patagonia, Scarpa boots, and climbing gear. Given it was tiny but I'm already planning a trip back just for that. If you need to find something, Sendai most likely has it. You just have to find it...
What to buy: Fashions, mountaineering, surfing, sports goods, just about anything can be found here.
What to pay: average japanese prices
Hanami! During the end of March, through May throughout Japan, a great tradition is viewing the cherry blossoms. People sit on blue tarps under the trees and drink sake or other alcohol and generally celebrate! In Sendai, some of the famous places for Hanami are Tsutsujigaoka Park, Nishi Park and Aoba Castle.more
no worries really. I haven't seen any crime or heard of any since I've been in Japan. Maybe I'm just lucky but I think it's just that it's that low. I feel safe everywhere I go and at all hours. Even at 3 am you could see old women walking dark alleyways home or to wherever they were going. And not just old ladies but everyone. You just don't feel...more
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There is no doubt that most of the famous places in Sendai are located West of Sendai Station, and many short time visitors and tourists will go for this area.BUT, if you are generally interested in shrines and temples you should probably go against the flow and leave the station at its back side to the West.A map I found indicates no less than 35...more
Climb Mount Taihaku, the beautiful pyramid shaped mountain (or really just a large hill!) from which Taihaku ward in Sendai takes its name. I used to go there a lot - it was so peaceful. There are a couple of small shrines. You can reach the top without being spectacularly fit and although steep, there are chains to help pull yourself up. Once at...more