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  • MITSUI OUTLET PARK SENDAI PORT
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Nakano 3-7-2
    The Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port features a diverse array of shops, foods, and restaurants, and is famous for having Tohoku’s biggest Ferris wheel— “Port Flower”. The Ferris wheel underwent renewal in summer of 2017, and now features colorful LED lights which turn on at dusk. It’s a great spot to enjoy with family, friends, or that special someone.
  • Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium
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    207 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Nakano 4-6
    Located in Takasago Chuo Park one kilometer from Sendai Port, Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium has 100 aquarium exhibits. The aquarium’s centerpiece is a giant aquarium recreating the sea of Sanriku, and the aquarium raises some 25 thousand creatures spanning 50 species. The Umino-Mori Stadium on the second floor is one of the largest such facilities in Tohoku and seats around 1,000 people. One of the unique features about this stadium is its lack of an acrylic divider between the audience and the performers. During a show, visitors can view vibrant dolphin and sea lion performances up close.

    Aquarium provide free shuttle from Nakanosakae station to aquarium, but I have no idea what's the time schedule. Aquarium is not huge, but so many interesting sealifes, shows, and feeding activities...

  • Site of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle Ruins)
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kawauchi 1
    This is a castle built by Date Masamune, the first feudal lord of Sendai. Located in the Aobayama Hills, Sendai Castle Honmaru was a natural fortress utilizing the natural terrain consisting of a cliff wall that looks over the Hirose River to the east, a mountain forest in the west called “the back woods”, and the Tachinokuchi valley on the south side. Most of the castle was destroyed by fire in 1882, and Ninomaru became the current site of Tohoku University and Sannomaru has since been transformed into the Sendai City Museum.
  • Osaki Hachimangu Shrine
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    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Hachiman 4-6-1
    This is a shrine created in 1607 by the feudal lord Masamune Date. The shaden, comprised of the honden (or inner sanctuary), ainoma (which is also called ishinoma-zukuri) passageway, and haiden (or hall of worship) was designated as a National Treasure in 1952 for being the only remaining structure of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Worshippers deeply believe that the deity enshrined here wards off evil and calamities and invites good luck, as well as helps to gain victory or have easy childbirth. It is known for its Matsutaki Matsuri festival, the largest New Year’s event in all of Japan. New Year’s decorations and amulets are burned and the event is also called Dondo-yaki because of the intensity of the fire. The shrine is also famous for its “Hadaka Mairi” when half-naked worshippers form a procession to the shrine in the winter. Visitors can access the shrine by taking a bus that leaves from in front of Sendai Station, getting off at the Osaki Hachimangu-Mae stop and walking for five minutes.

    Fabulous site that as well as gorgeous architecture and location is also a way to experience typical Japanese shrine culture. You could well be the only "foreigner" here. Also various festivals...

  • Jozenji-dori Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi ken Sendai-shi Aoba-ku
    Jozenji-dori Street is a symbol of Sendai, city of trees. This Japanese zelkova lined road stretches about 700 meters, creating a beautiful blue-green leaf tunnel under the dancing sunbeams. The sidewalks are lined with bronze statues, and the street is home to many stylish cafes and shops.
  • Zuihoden Mausoleum
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    504 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Otamayashita 23-2
    Zuihoden, the mausoleum of Date Masamune who died in 1636 at the age of 70, was built at his request. It consists of the main shrine, hall of worship, place of mercy, and Nirvana gate, conveying to the present the characteristics of luxurious and elegant Momoyama culture. Although it was designated as a National Treasure in 1937, it was destroyed by fire during the war in 1945. It was rebuilt in 1979, and large renovation works were carried out in 2001, and the beautiful colors were restored.

    Key site in Sendai - Loople bus ticket gives admission discount. Good place to begin longer stroll as weell as explore the site itself.

  • Shiogama Seafood Wholesale Market
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Shinhamachou 1-20-74
    The market of Shiogama Port boasts one of the largest volumes of fresh tuna nationally, and offers an abundance of fresh seafood and produce. There are also five areas in the hall to eat and visitors can buy their favorite seafood and create their own original Kaisendon (seafood and rice bowl), or have the seafood purchased cooked at BBQs available to be used freely. It is approximately 15 minutes by car from Rifunaka Interchange on the Sanriku Expressway.
  • Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Miyagino 2-11-6
    This stadium that opened in 1950 is now home to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Having adopted a system of naming rights, it has changed names several times over the years. Free stadium visit events are held for one to two days in a month during which visitors can tour the stadium free of charge. Behind the left side of Kobo Park Miyagi is a park called Smile Glico Park with a Ferris Wheel and merry-go-round. The stadium is a five-minute walk from JR Miyagi Nohara Station, and there is also a convenient shuttle bus from Sendai Station that only takes eight minutes.
  • Zuiganji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 91
    Zuiganji Temple is a temple founded by the priest Jikaku Daishi in 828 that belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism headed by Myoushin-ji Temple. After the temple fell into decline during the mayhem of the warring states, the feudal lord Date Masamune began restoration work in 1604 and four full years later the hondo (main temple building) was renovated to conform to Momoyama-style architecture. At that time it was officially renamed as Matsushima-Seiryuzan-Zuigan-Enpuku-Zenji. Sights to see include the Kuri, the Zen kitchen where meals were prepared in the past. This so-called kitchen has been designated as a National Treasure for its beauty.
  • Fujisaki Department Store
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Ichibanchou 3-2-17
    Fujisaki Department Store is one of the oldest department stores in Miyagi Prefecture. It can trace its origins back to a business dealing in cotton and hemp cloth that was founded in 1819; over time, it grew into a major department store. Fujisaki Department Store is proud of its roots in the local community; most locals will be familiar with Fujisaki Department Store commercial jingle “I like this town!” which is played over the loudspeaker system in the Store. Families with children are the main target market for the Store, and there is a special “Babies and Kids Club” in which children up to the age of 12 can accumulate points to be redeemed for special gifts and services.
  • Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Odawarayamamotochou 101-14
    Sendai Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall is an interactive participatory facility where visitors can have fun seeing, touching, and experiencing. Visitors can have fun meeting and interacting with friends from Anpanman, and there are also goods and food shops, a restaurant salon. The facility has a sense of security for parents with its place for strollers, coin lockers, and a spacious baby room. It is approximately 15 minutes by car from Sendai-Miyagi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.
  • Johgi Nyorai (Saihoji Temple)
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    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Okura Up / down 1
    Ths temple is known for the hauntingly beautiful “Candle Festival” that takes place on August 15. It is said to have been founded by Taira no Sadayoshi, who protected a statue of Amitabha bequeathed to him by Taira no Shigemori and escaped the purge of the Minamoto Clan. In 1706, Hayasaka Genbei, a subordinate’s descendant, became a monk by the name of Kanrensha Ryonen and established the temple. It’s about a 45-minute drive from the Sendai-Miyagi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    I visited this temple and found it serene and beautiful. The Johgi Nyorai Saihoji Temple (its full name) is a Buddhist temple located in Sendai. There are a number of structures and buildings...

  • Sendai City Museum
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    133 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kawauchi 26 (Sendai castle Sannomaru trace)
    This museum primarily displays items related to the history and culture of the Sendai Clan, based on materials donated from the Date family. The trademark golden crescent moon crested helmet is a piece of the black lacquer five-layered body armor (an important cultural property) used by Lord Masamune Date, which is housed here along with the 8-meter-wide large painting of the ''Tempo Kuniezu Mutsu-no-Kuni Sendai-ryo.'' Also on display are many treasured archives related to the national treasures of the envoys to Europe during the Keicho Era, which are UNESCO World Heritages. Special exhibits and other scheduled exhibits are also held 3-4 times a year.

    We found Sendai a fascinating city with a very different character to the others we have visited in Japan. This museum gave many insights into the development of Sendai and the effect of the Date...

  • Kanrantei Tea House / Matsushima Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 56
    Kanrantei is a tea house that was transferred from Toyotomi Hidetoshi’s family residence in Shinagawa, Edo, Fushimi- Momoyama Castle, as a gift to Date Masamune. The second-generation lord, Lord Tadamune moved the building to Matsushima. It was used as a facility “Okariya” for Matsushima sightseeing and entertaining lords, aristocratic women and concubines. The paintings on the fusuma (sliding doors) by Sendai clan painter Sakuma Shozan have been recognized as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
  • Godaido Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai
    As a symbol of Matsushima, Godaido Temple is a Buddhist temple that was designated as an Important Cultural Property. It belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism headed by Myoushin-ji Temple and to which Zuiganji Temple also belongs. The temple takes its name Godaido because it houses images of the Five Wisdom Kings of Japanese Buddhism (Acala, Kundali, Trilokavijaya, Vajrayaksa, and Yamantaka). The images of the five great wisdom kings created in the middle of the Heian period are normally withheld from public view but are revealed once every 33 years.
  • Ajidokoro Santori Chaya
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    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Senzui 24-1
    This restaurant serves up cuisine made with seafood taken from the coastline of Miyagi Prefecture. The menu features items with seasonal ingredients such as oysters cultivated in Matsushima as well as the Matsushima anago (conger eel) rice bowl and the Sanriku mekabu (thick wakame seaweed leaves) rice bowl. The restaurant takes pride not only in the quality of its ingredients but in its cooking, customer service and atmosphere. The second-floor seating areas affords beautiful views of Matsuhima Bay.

    I had a very good diner at Santori Chaya. Excellent tempura, very good miso soup and side salad, very good value for money. I was sitting at the counter and I managed to talk a little with the chef...

  • Hiyoriyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Hiyorigaoka 2-chome Chinai
    This is a park atop Hiyoriyama hill that is famous for offering a view of all of Ishinomaki. Long ago it was said to have been frequented by the haiku poet Matsuo Basho. On a clear day one can see the Oshika Peninsula and the islands of Matsushima across the water. Known as a place to see cherry blossoms, the Hiyoriyama Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year in April, and is lit up at night for spectacular scenery.
  • Entsuin Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Matsushima cho in Matsushima cho Miyagi prefecture 67
    Belonging to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism headed by Myoushin-ji Temple, Entsuin Temple is the first temple on the Sanriku 33 Kannon pilgrimage. The Sankeiden mausoleum was built on the top of a hill in 1646. The premises feature a rock garden with a heart-shaped pond, and in the autumn the colorful leaves on the trees make for a splendid sight. At night the garden is illuminated and the grounds are enveloped in a very mysterious atmosphere. It is also known as the rose temple for the splendid sight of beautiful roses blooming in its Western-style rose garden (Byakaho Seiyo-no-Niwa). In recent years the number of roses has dwindled, and it has come to be loved as the moss temple for the moss growing around the grounds.
  • Michinoku Lakewood National Government Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Prefecture Shibata-gun, Kawasaki-machi
    Located near Lake Kamafusa, this is Tohoku’s most extensive public park administered by the national government. It is becoming a popular sightseeing spot since it is close to sightseeing areas such as Akiu Onsen. Visitors can experience Tohoku’s nature and culture, and it is worth seeing the flowers that bloom across the four seasons. Tulips in the spring, and the fields of cosmos flowers that bloom from summer to autumn fill the park with color.
  • Bar, isn't it?
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Ichibanchou 3-9-13 DATEONE Building 3F
    The largest club in the city of Sendai, this establishment features all genres of music and is open mostly on Friday and Saturday nights and on the nights before national holidays. Patrons can stash their belongings in coin lockers and enjoy music and dancing unencumbered. The cocktail menu is large and varied, and the atmosphere is safe and friendly. You can also rent rooms for banquets and other events during the hours when the club is not open.

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Lying along the northeastern coast of Japan, Miyagi prefecture is home to lashings of natural parks, oysters, and hot springs. While the bustling city of Sendai offers some simple city entertainment, it’s the Matsushima islands that deserve the most attention, having boosted the prefecture’s reputation as one of Japan’s most scenic views.

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