This was a really easy city and region to navigate, full of interesting and beautiful sights. We had some great meals, and generally a really enjoyable stay in Sendai.
Sendai station is centrally connected all that facilities in Sendai, going further the country side is beautiful & experience differently, relax, greatly helpful people.
I am partial to Sendai, since I was born there. The area around Sendai station has plenty of restaurants, shopping, and accommodations.
The city is very clean and easy to get around on foot, train, subway or bus. The Loople bus provides a good overview of the city and attractions. The region is very scenic. The station is a excellent gateway to other regional tourist spots. Matsushima is very close by, as our other small towns on the coast with excellent seafood. The Akiu area has a number of nice onsens. You have access to both a big city and country environments from Sendai. I would highly recommend spending some time there!
I fell in love with the laid back atmosphere of Sendai, the abundance of trees, the view of the Hirose & Nanakita River, the multiple choices of food at Sendai Station and the history.
Must visits for me are the sites along the the Loople Bus trails. Zuihoden, Osaki Hachimangu, Aoba Castle and Rinnoji Temple will always be on top of my list. There are actually several more shrines in the area and a lot of museums. Reaching some of them is a little challenging but well worth it.
Easy city to walk around, sidewalks well maintained, clean no garbage. Around the train station is excellent for shopping & restaurants.
Impressed with elevated walk way connecting train station to hotels, shopping, restaurants etc. Take a bus tour of the city to see some cultural, historic & residential areas of the city. A nice city to walk around, since it is not so busy or big.
If you love beef tongue, then this is your place! Found the shopping districts diverse and enjoyable.
Extremely nice and helpful locals made my stay even better. One thing that I did notice is that the city makes easy access for disabled individuals as I found them to be plentiful in the city and they had no difficulties using their wheelchairs and other assistive devices. Will hope to come back again soon!
Sendai was very easy to get around. Shopping was fabulous. Large department stores and a mile long covered mall.
Lots of eating places toffees get all kinds of cuisine.
Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region and well worth a visit. It's a great way to experience the Tohoku region year-round.
If you come in winter, the temperature in Sendai will be much more mild than the other cities in the region (ex. Akita, Morioka, Aomori). Sendai has a convenient subway system as well as a tourist bus service to get you to main tourist destinations. I'd highly recommend seeing Rinno-Ji Temple (you can easily access it from the Kita-Sendai Subway Station). The Japanese garden there is stunning. Near the station, take a look to the horizon to spot the giant statue of Kannon (Buddhist goddess of compassion) which you can't miss on a clear day. Sendai is well-known for shopping including a massive Loft, a Pokemon Center store, and international brands like H&M and Zara.
I visited Sendai for the Tanabata Matsuri, and was completely captivated. The decorations are gorgeous, and walking through the covered shopping streets with streamers hanging down like an upside-down, enchanted forest of fluttering, colorful ribbons is quite the experience.
A nice city but not too big, having a serene river and hills around. In the central area,you would also experience the vigor of a city.
Sendai is, justifiably, proud of its grilled beef-tongue (gyu-tan) dining. Go for it. This stuff is great.
Pick one of the myriad lovely little izakaya-ish places where the staff and fellow diners will be happy to see you. (And then get the Hell out of Sendai and hit Yamadera, Hiraizumi and Kakunodate - all of which are charming!)
We used Sendai as our "base" for exploring Omoshiroyama-kogen (day trip) and Matsushima (another day trip).
So we only had the evenings to "enjoy" Sendai itself. From our hotel, we walked to the shopping area - a sheltered pedestrian mall similar to the Tanuki-Koji of Sapporo. Lots of shops and restaurants. If we had more time we would have explored Yamadera (about an hour away by train, past Omoshiroyama-kogen).
Sendai is happening place. Food stores are still open till quite late. Sendai specialty is a must to try such as beef tongue and Sendai beef.
It's expensive but worth it. Walking along Jozenji drive is relaxing as theres a long stretch of trees along the roads. Many shopping malls around the area. Go to the food section and you do not want to leave. All the desserts such as pudding, macarons, cakes.. yumm~~
Big City. Convenient to travel and go sightseeing. There are many interested places to visit such as Sendai Castle, Sendai Museum, and etc.
Sendai was flattened during WWII and is today a new, modern and friendly city. The coastal area was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
In 2013 the rebuild has started, but as the helpful, English speaking woman at the tourist information center said, when I asked her, if the aftermath of the 2011 catastrophe was still visible, 'Oh yes. There is nothing.'
Take the sightseeing ferry boat to Matsushima through the islands, interesting places to see. Visit Yamadera (1000 steps temple) up in the mountains - a spectacular view no matter what season! Obviously, Autumn would give the colour, but Winter is interesting too!