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Getting to Sendai

By local train
  • 7 h
  • ¥ 6,500
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

By local trains along the JR Tohoku Main Line, the one way trip from Tokyo to Sendai takes about seven hours and involves typically about three to four transfers of trains. The regular fare is a relatively expensive 6050 yen, however, with a Seishun 18 Kippu you can do the trip for as little as 2410 yen.

By highway bus
  • 5.5 h
  • ¥ 3,000 - 7,500

Multiple bus companies, including Willer Express, offer direct highway bus service between Tokyo and Sendai during both the day and night. Travel duration is about 5.5 hours. The one way fare is between 3,000 and 7,500 yen depending on the company and date of travel. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.

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Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

The most convenient way for tourists to travel around Sendai is by Loople Sendai, a loop bus connecting most of the city's sites of interest. Sendai also has some JR train lines, two subway lines and a bus network (operated by Sendai City and Miyagi Kotsu).

The Loople Sendai is a bus service for tourists that runs in a one-hour, clockwise loop around the city. It stops at Zuihoden, Sendai City Museum, Aoba Castle and other sightseeing spots and departs from Sendai Station every 20-30 minutes from 9:00 to 16:00. The fare is 260 yen per ride or 630 yen for a 1-day pass, which is not valid on other buses in the city. A 1-day pass for the Loople and the city's two subway lines is available for 920 yen.

Sendai has two subway lines, the Namboku Line (running north-south) and the Tozai Line (running east-west) that meet each other at Sendai Station. The Tozai Line offers access to the base of Aoba Castle, but otherwise the subway lines are not particularly useful for tourists.

From Sendai Station, the JR Senzan Line runs north of the city center and provides access to Rinnoji Temple, while the JR Senseki Line runs to Matsushima, 35 kilometers northeast of the city center. The one way trip to Matsushima takes 40 minutes and costs 420 yen.

Sendai Airport is located about 20 kilometers southeast of the city center and can be accessed directly by train (15-25 minutes, 660 yen) from Sendai Station.

Sendai's local IC card, the Icsca card, as well as Suica and nine other IC cards can be used on virtually all means of public transportation in the Greater Sendai area, including subways, buses, the Loople Sendai bus, JR trains and the trains to Sendai Airport.

Passes and Tickets

Two similar passes are available to tourists in the Greater Sendai area. Both of them provide unlimited use of the Loople bus, the subway, most Sendai City buses, certain Miyagi Kotsu buses and JR trains in and around Sendai, including the trains to Matsushima, Yamadera and the airport, and the buses to nearby hot spring resorts:

  • Sendai Area Pass (1 day, 1320 yen)
    The Sendai Area Pass is valid on one calendar day and can be used only by foreign tourists, but not by residents of Japan. The pass can be purchased at JR Sendai Station.
  • Sendai Marugoto Pass (2 days, 2720 yen)
    The Sendai Marugoto Pass is valid on two consecutive calendar days and can also be used by residents of Japan. It is available for purchase at many stations and sales locations in central Sendai, as well as at major JR stations in eastern Japan.

Hotels around Sendai

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    • Sendai Guest House UMEBACHI
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Umebachi offers dormitory-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can rent bicycles to tour the area and relax at the outdoor terrace. JR Nigatake Train Station is a 10-minute walk and JR Sendai Train Station is a 15-minute drive away. The air-conditioned dormitory-style rooms feature bunk beds on hardwood floors. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Amenities such as toothbrush and towels are available for an extra cost. Luggage storage is available for an extra charge and a coin-launderette is on site. You can have a simple breakfast of toast and coffee for an extra charge. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar space at night as well. Umebachi Guest House is a 10-minute drive from Rakuten Seimei park Stadium Miyagi (formerly Rakuten kobo Stadium Miyagi). Jozenji Dori Avenue is 15-minute drive away. Sendai Tosho-gu Shrine is a 20-minute drive away.
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    • Hotel Metropolitan Sendai East
      Luxury
      Offering a fitness centre free of charge, Hotel Metropolitan Sendai East has direct access to Sendai Station. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Featuring views of the city, all rooms have air conditioning, a desk, safety deposit box, TV, refrigerator and hairdryer. The private bathroom comes with towels, slippers and free toiletries. The 24-hour front desk offers free luggage storage and currency exchange services. Guests can relax in the shared lounge area. A drinks vending machine is available on site. The on-site restaurant serves a breakfast buffet using local ingredients, lunch and dinner. There are several restaurants, cafes and convenience stores within a 5-minute walk from the property. Sendai Museum is a 15-minute train ride from Hotel Metropolitan Sendai East. Sendai Castle and Zuihoden are a 20-minute drive from the property, while Sakunami Hot Spring is located an hour away by car.
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    • Sendai Royal Park Hotel
      Luxury
      Surrounded by lush gardens, Sendai Royal Park Hotel is a resort hotel that offers elegant accommodation with European d?cor and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy rejuvenating beauty treatments at the hotelfs beauty salon. Free pick-up shuttles are available from Sendai station. The hotel is located a 15-minute drive from Izumi Chuo Station, and a 30-minute drive from JR Sendai Station. The Sendai Izumi Premium Outlet shopping mall is just a 1-minute walk, and Izumi Park Town Golf Club can be reached within a 5-minute drive. Sendai Airport is a 40-minute drive. Guests can enjoy shopping at Izumi Park Town Tapio, located a 3-minute walk away. Each room at Sendai Royal Park Hotel features warm colours and large windows, and comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge and a minibar. An electric kettle and tea bags are also provided. Some rooms feature a balcony and views of the garden. Activities at Sendai Royal Park Hotel include yoga in the garden and cycling. Guests can borrow bicycles to explore the local area, or relax with massages in the guest room. The 24-hour front desk can handle luggage storage and currency exchange. Guests can have breakfast on the garden terrace or enjoy a picnic breakfast in the garden. Teppanyaki restaurant Nanatsumori offers Sendai wagyu steak, while Chinese restaurant Keikaen offers Cantonese dishes with fresh ingredients. The on-site restaurants features views of the garden, which is lit up at night.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sendai Nishiguchi
      Luxury
      Ideally set in the Aoba Ward district of Sendai, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sendai Nishiguchi is situated 700 metres from Sendai City Community Support Center, 18 km from Shiogama Shrine and 1.6 km from Sakuraoka Daijingu. Featuring a shared lounge, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sendai Nishiguchi, the rooms come with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. Sendai Station is 400 metres from the accommodation, while Sendai International Centre is 1.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 17 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sendai Nishiguchi.
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    • Almont Hotel Sendai
      Luxury
      Open from August 2017, Almont Hotel Sendai is nestled just a 5-minute stroll away from JR Sendai Station. The hotel features free WiFi, a restaurant and private parking is offered on site. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms include a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Sakunami Hot Spring is 24 km from Almont Hotel Sendai, while Sakuraoka Daijingu is 1.3 km away. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 14 km from Almont Hotel Sendai.
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    • Onyado Nono Sendai Natural Hot Spring
      Luxury
      Located in Sendai, within 300 metres of Sendai City Community Support Center and 18 km of Shiogama Shrine, Onyado Nono Sendai Natural Hot Spring provides accommodation with a spa and wellness centre and free WiFi throughout the property. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Attractions in the area include Sendai City Museum, 2.3 km away, or Sendai Toshogu, set 2.6 km from the property. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Onyado Nono Sendai Natural Hot Spring offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sendai Station, Sakuraoka Daijingu and Sendai International Centre. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 17 km from Onyado Nono Sendai Natural Hot Spring.
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    • Hotel Grand Bach Sendai
      Luxury
      Located in Sendai, 1.7 km from Sendai City Community Support Center, Hotel Grand Bach Sendai features views of the city. With a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is set 1.8 km from Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi and 2.9 km from Sendai Toshogu. Guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At Hotel Grand Bach Sendai each room is fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Around the clock guidance is available at the reception, where staff speak English and Japanese. Shiogama Shrine is 17 km from Hotel Grand Bach Sendai, while Sendai Station is 700 metres away. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 16 km from the hotel.
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    • Dormy Inn EXPRESS Sendai Seaside
      Mid-range
      Boasting spa facilities and free-use hot springs baths and sauna, Dormy Inn EXPRESS Sendai Seaside features free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nakanosakae Station is a 5-minute drive or a 20-minute walk from Dormy Inn EXPRESS Sendai Seaside. At the economy hotel, the rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, fridge and electric kettle. Pyjamas are provided by the property. The bathroom features a high-tech toilet, hairdryer and toothbrushes. Trouser press is available on site. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can help guests with queries that they may have as well as offer luggage storage service for free. Coin-operated launderette can be found at the hotel as well as karaoke facilities are available on site for guest's entertainment. A buffet breakfast is served every morning at the on-site restaurant "Hatago". The property has a drinks vending machine on site. Sendai Station is a 40-minute train ride and walk away from the hotel. The hotel is set 15 minutes walk away from Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium, while Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port Shopping Mall is just a 5-minute walk away. Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi is a 40-minute train ride away, while Sendai Stadium is a 75-minute train ride away. Sendai Airport is 25-minutes away by airport limousine bus from Dormy Inn EXPRESS Sendai Seaside.
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    • Hotel Keihan Sendai
      Mid-range
      Ideally located in the Aoba Ward district of Sendai, Hotel Keihan Sendai is set 500 metres from Sendai City Community Support Center, 18 km from Shiogama Shrine and 1.4 km from Sakuraoka Daijingu. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Attractions in the area include Zuihoden, 2.6 km away, or Sendai Toshogu, located 2.9 km from the property. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk. All guest rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Hotel Keihan Sendai can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sendai Station, Sendai International Centre and Sendai City Museum. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 16 km from Hotel Keihan Sendai.
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    • Tenza Hotel at Sendai Station
      Mid-range
      Set 1.7 km from Sendai City Community Support Center, Tenza Hotel at Sendai Station offers rooms with air conditioning in Sendai. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, every room includes a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at Tenza Hotel at Sendai Station can enjoy a continental breakfast. Shiogama Shrine is 17 km from the accommodation, while Sendai Station is 600 metres away. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 16 km from Tenza Hotel at Sendai Station.
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