Spots in Sendai Area

  • Zuihoden Mausoleum
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    4.0
    600 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.

    We walked from the station. Its quite a sight when one climbs up between the tall trees. Inspiring when one reads the history.

  • Saichi
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    4.0
    299 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Akiumachiyumoto Yakushi 27
    A supermarket in Akiu closely tied to the local community. Ohagi sweet rice balls and ready-to-eat side dishes alone make up half of the store's annual sales. The ready-to-eat corner is filled with the store's renowned Akiu ohagi and around 5,000 of these popular, tasty treats are sold on a given weekday. The store also boasts a record of 25,000 ohagi sold in a single day. The store sells standard anko sweet bean, kinako toasted soybean flour, and sesame seed ohagi in packages of varying number. In addition, from October to May, the store also sells unusual natto fermented soybean ohagi.

    Its very local, you can buy home made dishes and local fresh vegetables with quite reasonable price. Please try Ohagi, if you like :)

  • Sendai Mediatheque
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    4.0
    197 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Kasugamachi 2-1
    A six-minute walk from the Park 2 Exit of Kotodai-Koen Station on the Sendai Subway Namboku Line. This public multipurpose complex situated on Jozenji-dori Avenue serves as a center for arts and visual culture activities and also supports media-related activities. On the first floor, there's an event space with a large video screen, a cafe, and a shop. Other facilities include an audio-visual library, the Sendai City Library, and a gallery. The building itself, outfitted with large floor-to-ceiling windows and lighting tubes running throughout, has received high praise for its architecture.

    Really enjoyed this building and the architecture! I think I was here for about 3 hours taking picture after picture! I mean, to be honest, the only reason I went to Sendai was to visit Mediatheque!!

  • MITSUI OUTLET PARK SENDAI PORT
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    3.5
    117 Reviews
    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.

    Its a good place for shopping .Only problem no currency exchange there. International cards also dont work in most of the shops. So be sure to take Japanese Yen if you visit this place

  • Umami Tasuke
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    4.0
    168 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kokubunchou 2-11-11 One thousand Matsushima building 1F
    A renowned beef tongue Japanese-style barbecue restaurant located in Sendai City. Legend has it that the original owner was the first chef in Sendai to make beef tongue barbecue. The original owner believed that salt was the key to maximizing the flavor of beef tongue, and today the restaurant continues to flavor its beef tongue using only salt. Most of the restaurant's menu selections are accordingly simple and served with mugimeshi boiled barley and rice. The tail soup, made by slow-stewing beef tail, is a secret yet highly popular dish the restaurant serves. This hearty dish is sure to satisfy.

    Delicious food, fair prices - awesome place ! I recomend this place for a dinner with friends. Best beef in Sendai in my honest opinion....

  • Date no Gyutan Main Branch
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Chuou 4-10-11
    Date no Gyutan is a beef tongue (gyutan) shop and restaurant about three minutes on foot from Sendai Station. The shop sells lots of beef tongue products starting with their thickly cut shintan made from the most tender part of the tongue. The restaurant serves an extra thick shintan set meal, and lots of other dishes off the a la carte menu.

    Very delicious. You must try!! You can even buy ox younger package back home but it will expire in a day, so the best way is to have it within a day.

  • Sendai Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Chuou 1-1-1 JR Sendai Station 2F inside the Plaza
    A tourist information center located in Sendai Station in Sendai City. The center was originally located at the entrance to the station but was moved to a newer, updated facility in the station's View Plaza area. The center provides sightseeing and lodging information on the Sendai area and Miyagi Prefecture. The center's walls and shelves are stuffed with pamphlets providing information on area events. The center always has English-speaking staff on hand ready to help international tourists. The center is also frequently used as a starting point for tie-up events with works of fiction taking place in the area such as the popular anime series Wake Up, Girls! and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

    Staffs are very nice and helpful. They can communicate in English very well. They give me the completed information in Sendai and the other area around Sendai especially the updated local bus...

  • Jyogi Tofu Shop
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    4.5
    99 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Okura Lower 1-2
    The Jyogi Tofu Shop—founded in 1890—uses soy beans and natural bittern when hand-making tofu with the traditional production techniques for each product, including firm tofu, silky tofu, and three-cornered fried tofu. The three-cornered fried tofu is particularly popular—you can watch them fry it up for you.

    明治23年創業、100年を越える豆腐の老舗[定義とうふ]に訪問しました。定義如来様への精進料理の豆腐製造から始まるお店です。 仙台駅から路線バスで1時間半。中心地から遠く離れた山中にある[西方寺]の門前に店を構えます。 本日注文したのは、 ●生豆にゅう100円 ●三角油揚げ130円 ●ホロ豆腐130円 週末は豆腐田楽もあるとのこと。 名物の《三角油揚げ》は三角定規の形をした特大サイズ。厚...

  • Rinno-ji Temple
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    4.5
    78 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kitayama 1-14-1
    Rinnoji Temple is located about 15 minutes by taxi from Sendai Station. It was first founded in Fukushima in 1441, but when the Date clan moved from the castle there to other places, it was reestablished in each location, but it was finally moved to its current site in Sendai in 1602. Its Zen garden, known as one of the many famous gardens in the Tohoku region, attracts many visitors from in and outside the city of Sendai, giving them an opportunity to appreciate seasonal blooms, such as cherry blossoms and hydrangeas. Its statue of Seated ShakaNyorai (an incarnation of the Buddha), Sendai City's Tangible Cultural Property, is exhibited on the 1st and 15th of every month. Every Saturday, the temple sponsors Zen meditation sessions that are open to the public.

    To get to the temple, get off at Kitayama station (a short ride from Sendai). Walk up the slope, keep to the left and follow the road for another 10 to 15 minutes. Its a downhill walk. Youll...

  • 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.
  • Hotel Hana no Yu Onsen Pool
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    3.5
    95 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Akiumachi Yumoto Nozoki 33-1
    This outdoor pool facility is located inside Hotel Hana no Yu, in Nozoki, Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai City. The facility is open from mid-July to late August. It is an open-air outdoor hot spring pool with a water slide, and guests of the hotel can use the facilities for free, including day-use of the hot spring.

    The Japanese style room is too small. The receptionists hardly speak English. We paid over $60 for the taxi and the driver could not find the hotel. We realized they have free shuttles next day. Too...

  • Murakamiya Mochiten
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    4.5
    74 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kitamemachi 2-38
    Located on Itsutsubashi-dori Avenue at the entrance to Tohoku University, Murakamiya Mochiten is a long-established mochi shop dating back to 1877. The “zunda mochi” which makes use of Tohoku’s famous “zunda” is popular. They continue a method of careful work unchanged since the founding and reduction of sugar to bring out the original sweetness of zunda (mashed boiled green soybeans). Popular items include the three-colored mochi with three flavors: sesame, chestnut, and zunda. Additionally, sweet zunda of every fashion, like daifuku, kuzu-manju, and the summer-limited shaved ice “zunda milk” are popular.

    店内は狭めであまり人数入らないので、外でちょっと待ってからの入店。 ずんだ餅、イチゴミルクの大福、おはぎ、焼き団子。などなど。 ずんだ餅は、とてもなめらかでスルリと口の中に入っていくような食感。あまり甘くないずんだ。 美味しいですね。 イチゴミルク大福も美味しかったです。

  • Aji Tasuke
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Ichibanchou 4-4-13
    A specialty beef tongue shop located in 4 Chome Ichibancho, Aoba Ward, Sendai City. Opened as a gyutan (beef tongue) grill in Sendai City in 1948, it is considered the father of all gyutan restaurants. They offer a set meal of gyutan-yaki plus barley with wheat rice, along with oxtail and tongue soup—all made using the trade secrets developed by the founder.

    There are so many ox tongue restaurants at Sendai. Aji Tasuke is one of the ganso (origin) restaurant for ox tongue. There isnt much choice there, but only grilled ox tongue (with salt). You...

  • Abe Kamaboko-ten Main Store
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Chuou 2-3-18
    The main store of Abe Kamaboko-ten is said to be where the name of the Sendai specialty, Sasa (bamboo) kamaboko, originated from. As well as selling all kinds of kamaboko (fish cake) including the bamboo kamaboko (fish cakes in the shape of bamboo leaves), visitors can also have a go at grilling their own bamboo kamaboko in the shop and of course taste it too.

    Looks like a gourd and cost 200 yen. However it is just alright. Pretty ordinary as the coat of battery is thick but then it is well fried. Buy to share. Have a try if you happen to walk past.

  • Johgi Nyorai (Saihoji Temple)
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    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 Daikannon
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Izumi-ku Sanezawa Naka Yangnan 31-3
    This temple is about a ten-minute drive from Kunimi Station on the JR Senzan Line. It's also known popularly as Sendai Daikannon after the 100-meter-high statue with this name. Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Sendai municipal system and to wish for prosperity in the 21st century, its foundation reaches 21 meters underground. Daikokudo with its red torii gates is also on the grounds. It honors Aburakake Daikokuten and is known as a matchmaking spot. Every month on the 18th, Kannon Bodhisattva's festival day, they hold lectures that expound the teachings of Buddhism in an easily accessible way. Anyone interested in Buddhism can participate for free. They also hold pet memorial services.

    An icon of Sendai, the Buddhist Boddhisattva of mercy holds the jewel of wisdom. It is one of the largest statues in the world and the tallest in Japan. It costs 500yen to enter. We took the bus...

  • Hikoichi Sweets
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Ichibanchou 4-5-41
    This is a Japanese-style sweet café in an alley on the Yon-chome Shopping Street in Ichi-ban-cho 4 Chome, Aoba Ward in Sendai City. The popular anmitsu can be customized with three variations of crushed or smooth red bean jam or green soy bean jam and a choice of black or white sugar syrup. It also serves other sweets such as oshiruko (mochi rice cakes in sweet red bean soup) and parfaits as well as light meals such as noodles.

    Anyone who loves Japanese sweet treats must try this Japanese style cafe. The location is tucked away from the shopping street. The cafe is small and gets busy very quickly, so it is best to show up...

  • Usukawa Taiyaki Taikichi Nakakecho Store
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Chuo 2-1-30
    This taiyaki (fish-shaped cakes) shop is located in the Hapina Nakakecho shopping district in Chuo 2-Chome, Aoba Ward, Sendai City. It makes usukawa taiyaki with a thin, crispy skin stuffed with fillings such as standard ogura-an (bean paste with mashed and whole adzuki beans) and custard cream. The shop also offers taiyaki with a zundamochi (rice cake and edamame paste) filling on weekends as well as a variety of seasonal taiyaki. Their chilled nama-taiyaki, which feature a whip cream filling, are also popular.

    We noticed the goodness of this place by staring at the queue in front of it. We queued a bit, but this was worth the time. We opted for one red bean and one custard cream sweets and they were...

  • Yuriage Port Morning Market
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Natorishi Yuriage 5-23-20
    This morning market is a 30-year-old market held only on Sundays and public holidays in Yuriage in Natori city, which has been a fishing port since the Edo period. With their motto “great goods for cheap”, there are a variety of stores including 50 permanent stores that sell local fresh seafood fished from the nearby ocean, local vegetables, and pre-made side dishes. A connecting hearth area allows you to cook and eat your purchases onsite.

    Nothing spectacular but its a decent little market with fresh fish and vegetables. New post tsunami pavilion (thank you Canadian government!) offers some small goods including tinned whale meat.

  • Sendai City Tomizawa Site Museum
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Nagamachiminami 4-3-1
    A museum where you can experience the Paleolithic located a five minute walk from the subway Nagamachi-Minami Station. The museum conserves and displays the actual Tomizawa Site, an archeological site and one of only a few in the world dating back 20 thousand years to the Paleolithic. The museum also has exciting exhibits which recreate what life looked like for human beings at that time. In the basement gallery, visitors can view the remains for a bonfire and forest from 20 thousand years ago. In the outdoor ice age forest exhibit, visitors can view seasonal flowers and insects in a recreated ice age forest.

    The Museum houses the remains of a 20,000 year old forest that once grew in Sendai area. You can see evidence of human and animal movement in the area, including the remains of a firepit. The main...

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