The Perfect 1 Day Sendai Sightseeing Itinerary: National Treasures, Gourmet Spots, and More!
Sendai is the largest city in Miyagi Prefecture. It is filled with great destinations, including historic spots connected to a famous feudal lord, great restaurants, and a gigantic shopping mall. This article offers a recommended itinerary for a perfect day in Sendai.
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- 9:00 am: Depart From Sendai Station on the Loople Sendai
- 9:15 am: Visit Zuihoden, the Resting Place of a Historical Figure (approx. 45 minutes)
- 10:30 am: See All of Sendai from the Site of Sendai Castle (approx. 60 minutes)
- 12:00 pm: Pay Your Respects at the National Treasure, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine (approx. 30 minutes)
- 1:15 pm: Savor the Sendai Specialty, Beef Tongue, at Dateno Gyutan Honpo (approx. 75 minutes)
- 3:30 pm: Enjoy Shopping at SENDAI-IZUMI PREMIUM OUTLETS (approx. 180 minutes)
- 7:30 pm: Return to Sendai Station
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This article introduces a recommended itinerary to see the major tourist spots in Sendai. In addition to historical sites, it includes ways to use d POINT to save some cash while enjoying yourself at spots such as SENDAI-IZUMI PREMIUM OUTLETS and the restaurant Dateno Gyutan Honpo.
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9:00 am: Depart From Sendai Station on the Loople Sendai
This itinerary takes you around Sendai using the Loople Sendai—a bus for tourists that goes in a loop through major tourist spots in central Sendai. The bus runs every 20 minutes during the week and every 15 minutes on weekends and public holidays. You can board the bus from Sendai Station using the No. 16 Stop in the West Exit Bus Terminal.
I always take advantage of the Loople Sendai when I visit Sendai and find that it is fun just to enjoy the views from the retro bus windows.
• 260 JPY/single ride (to be paid when exiting the bus)
• 620 JPY/one-day pass (available at the Sendai Station West Exit Bus Terminal Ticket Window)
We're off to the first destination, Zuihoden. It will take about 13 minutes to get there.
9:15 am: Visit Zuihoden, the Resting Place of a Historical Figure (approx. 45 minutes)
Zuihoden is the mausoleum of the feudal lord, Date Masamune (1567 - 1636). Date was the first lord of Sendai and was a key figure behind the prosperity of the Tohoku Region.
International trade brought great prosperity during Date's time, and buildings with elaborate decorations started to be built. Zuihoden was unfortunately lost to fire in 1945, but it has now been reconstructed to its former glory.
Admission Fee▶570 JPY
Get back on the Loople Sendai (departing at 10:13 am) to get to the Site of Sendai Castle. It will take about 10 minutes to get there.
10:30 am: See All of Sendai from the Site of Sendai Castle (approx. 60 minutes)
Sendai Castle was built by Date Masamune in 1610. The building itself was lost to fire, but there is a stunning view of Sendai City from atop the historic stone walls.
Don't forget to take a photograph in front of the iconic statue of Date Masamune on a horse! There is also a museum on site, so take a look to get a sense of the history of Sendai.
Get back on the Loople Sendai (departing at 11:43 am) and head to Osaki Hachimangu Shrine. It'll take about 20 minutes.
12:00 pm: Pay Your Respects at the National Treasure, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine (approx. 30 minutes)
Osaki Hachimangu is a Shinto shrine that Date Masamune is said to have invited master architects to build. It is believed to have benefits for warding off evil, bringing in success, and for safe childbirth. I've visited it myself and was gripped by the beauty of the lavish decorations and jet black lacquer work.
The next stop is Dateno Gyutan Honpo. Take the Loople Sendai (departing at 12:43 pm) for about 25 minutes to reach this destination.
1:15 pm: Savor the Sendai Specialty, Beef Tongue, at Dateno Gyutan Honpo (approx. 75 minutes)
You may be starting to get a little hungry, so let's go and enjoy the Sendai specialty, beef tongue! The Beef Tongue Set Menu (1,820 JPY (incl. tax)) is the signature menu item at Dateno Gyutan Honpo. It includes thick and juicy char-grilled beef tongue with an aroma and texture that you'll find irresistible!
Dateno Gyutan Honpo is a d POINT Member Store, so you can save some cash while enjoying your food here.
Next, to SENDAI-IZUMI PREMIUM OUTLETS! Take the 2:45 pm bus bound for Miyagi University from the No. 2 Bus Stop in front of Sendai Station and alight at the Teraoka 6-Chome/Izumi Outlet bus stop. The outlet is about a minute's walk from the stop. It will take about 40 minutes to get there.
3:30 pm: Enjoy Shopping at SENDAI-IZUMI PREMIUM OUTLETS (approx. 180 minutes)
SENDAI-IZUMI PREMIUM OUTLETS is a massive outlet mall featuring major Japanese and international brands. There are more than 80 shops, so you can get your fill of shopping.
Tachikichi, which sells ceramics and lacquerware, is a great shop to purchase souvenirs from. It is a famous brand with a history of more than 260 years.
SENDAI-IZUMI PREMIUM OUTLETS is a d PONT Member Store, so you can save and earn points when shopping.
Once you've had your fill of shopping, take the 7:01 pm Miyagi Kotsu Bus (Miyagi Daigaku line) back to Sendai Station. You will arrive in about 30 minutes.
7:30 pm: Return to Sendai Station
This is the end of your day in Sendai. Enjoy a relaxing evening looking back at your photos from the day.
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There are many more interesting places to visit in Sendai. Refer to this article to help you explore Sendai efficiently, and have a wonderful time there!
*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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