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Five Must-Visit Standard Tourist Destinations in the Charming City of Sendai (Tohoku Region)

Sendai – the largest city in the Tohoku area – is in an easily accessible location, as it is just 1 hour by plane or 1 hour and 40 minutes on the bullet train from Tokyo. Below are 5 standard tourist destinations you'll want to visit in Sendai.


1. Matsushima

First up is Matsushima, one of Japan's three famous sights that was designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Matsushima is the generic term for the 260-plus islands on Matsushima Bay. It is known as an area with beautiful, majestic scenery that has long been depicted in songs, poems, and paintings. If you want to thoroughly enjoy its beauty, take a ride on the Matsushima Meguri Kankosen (sightseeing boat). You can see the islands on a relaxing ride that takes approximately 50 minutes.

Fare: (Adult) 1,500 JPY
(Child) 750 JPY

2. Sendai Castle Site

Sendai Castle, which no longer exists, was a castle built by Date Masamune (1567 - 1636), the one-eyed dragon who founded the Sendai domain. The area has now been landscaped, and the stone walls and restored watchtower offers a glimpse of what it used to be. Since it is on Mt. Aoba, it has fantastic views, making it popular as a viewing point from which you can see the entire city of Sendai. There are cultural facilities, such as a historic museum, as well as historic landmarks in the area.

Aobajo Castle Museum Entrance Fee:
(General, University Students) 700 JPY
(Junior High and High School Students) 500 JPY
(Elementary School Students) 300 JPY

3. Zuihoden

Next on the list is Date Masamune's mausoleum, Zuihoden. It was built in 1637, and consists of structures like a main shrine and worship hall. It was registered as a National Treasure in 1931 for having an ornate structure, but was burned down in the war of 1945. The current building was reconstructed in 1979. The dazzling and beautiful designs of the carvings and tiles are definitely worth seeing!

Entrance Fee:
(General, University Students) 550 JPY
(High School Students) 400 JPY
(Elementary and Junior High School Students) 200 JPY

4. Akiu Otaki Waterfall

Known as one of Japan’s three great waterfalls, Akiu Otaki Waterfall is popular because you get to see the majestic sight of a 6m-wide stream of water falling down a height of 55m. You can get up close to the waterfall using a paved path. The sight of this famous waterfall up close is impressive! It contrasts beautifully with the nature around it, with bright green foliage in the spring and early summer, colorful foliage in the fall, and snow in the winter. At the Akiu Otaki Botanical Gardens nearby, you can gaze at adorable plants from the Zao Mountains.

Akiu Otaki Botanical Gardens Entrance Fee:
(Adult) 240 JPY
(High School and University Students) 180 JPY
(Elementary and Junior High School Students) 120 JPY

5. Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium

The last place on the list is an aquarium where you can experience Japan's rich oceans. It is a spot that people of all ages are sure to enjoy, as it has approximately 100 fish tanks, amazing performances by sea creatures from the Tohoku area, encounters with animals like penguins and sea lions, and a 360° panoramic projection that uses the latest video technology.

Admission Fees:
Adults (18 and over): 2,100 JPY
Junior High and High School Students (12 – 18), Seniors (65 and over): 1,600 JPY
Elementary School Students (6 – 12): 1,100 JPY
Toddlers (4 – pre-schooler): 600 JPY

5. Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium

Sendai is a city with much to offer, from gourmet food to attractive tourist destinations. If you are coming to Japan, why not visit this charming city?

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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