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Sendai is the original home of gyutan (^, gyūtan), a dish consisting of pieces of thinly sliced beef tongue, cooked over a charcoal grill. Besides the standard version of grilled tongue and pickled vegetables seen above, gyutan is also popular in donburi form, as a curry, or in a beef stew.

The dish originated fairly recently in 1948 when a yakitori restaurant owner in Sendai devoted his business to the preparation of beef tongue dishes. It has grown rapidly in popularity and spread throughout Japan.

Common side dishes of gyutan are oxtail soup, and mugi gohan (steamed white rice with barley). In its donburi variety, gyutan is served over a bowl of steamed white rice, while the curry gyutan is accompanied by rice as well.

The two most popular gyutan restaurant chains are Rikyu and Kisuke. Both of these chains have branches on Gyutan Dori (gyutan street) on third floor of Sendai Station. The restaurants of Gyutan Dori open their doors at 10:00 while most of the city branch gyutan chains open for lunch around 11:00. Menus generally range in price from about 1000 yen to about 2000 yen.

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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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    • 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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    • The Westin Sendai
      Luxury
      Set on 28-36th floors of Sendai's tallest building, The Westin Sendai offers a luxurious accommodation just a 10-minute walk from JR Sendai Station. Guests can work out in the free-use gym or receive rejuvenating massages at the on-site salon. 2 restaurants and a bar are available on site. Wi-Fi is provided at an additional charge. Fitted with chic furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, rooms come with modern facilities like satellite LCD TV. A fridge, an electric kettle and minibar are included. The large en suite bathroom has a bath tub, a shower booth and free toiletries. Sendai Westin Hotelfs 24-hour front desk can arrange luggage storage and laundry services. The Flow Spa offers a variety of treatments, sauna and a relaxation lounge. Souvenir items can be purchased at the gift shop. Stylish Restaurant Symphony serves sophisticated Western cuisine, while traditional Japanese dishes can be savoured at Ichimuan restaurant, which is located on the top floor. Horizon Lounge & Bar offers afternoon tea, light meals and evening drinks. The Westin Hotel is a 10-minute drive to Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi (formerly Kleenex Stadium Miyagi), and a 20-minute drive to Aoba Castle Park. Sendai Airport is located a 50-minute drive from the property.
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    • Richmond Hotel Premier Sendai Ekimae
      Luxury
      Richmond Hotel Premier Sendai Ekimae offers a 24-hour front desk and simply decorated accommodation. This awardee of TripAdvisorfs 2014 Certificate of Exellence is located just a 3-minute walk from JR Sendai Train Station. Free WiFi is available in all areas. Air conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV and a Tempur-Pedic pillow. Each are fitted with a refrigerator, an electric kettle and a green tea set. En suite bathrooms come with a bath, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Sendai Ekimae Richmond Hotel Premier offers daily maid service, concierge service and room service. A coin launderette, meeting/banquet facilities and vending machines can also be found on site. The Premier Lounge serves breakfast consisting of freshly baked bread, eggs, fruits and other breakfast items. Aoba Castle is a 15-minute drive away, while Osaki Hachiman Shrine is a 10-minute drive from the property. JR Sendai Station is a 3-minute walk and Hirosedori Subway Station is a 6-minute walk from the hotel. Sendai Airport is a 30-minute subway ride away on Sendai Airport access express train and Matsushima is a 40-minute train ride away.
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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 and Izumi-Chuo stations. 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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    • Hotel Vista Sendai
      Mid-range
      Open from April 2016, Hotel Vista Sendai is located just a 4-minute walk from JR Sendai Station. It boasts an on-site restaurant and rooms with modern decor. Free WiFi and private parking is available at an additional charge. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a 32-inch flat-screen LCD TV. A fridge, air purifier, electric kettle and slippers are also provided. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries like toothbrushes and shampoo. Trouser presses, irons and extra blankets are available for use at the 24-hour front desk. Dishes prepared with fresh local seasonal ingredients can be savoured for breakfast. Tohoku University is a 14-minute walk from Sendai Hotel Vista. Make a visit to attractions in the area like Miyagi Baseball Stadium, a 6-minute drive away. Osaki Hachimangu Shrine is a 20-minute drive away while Sendai Airport can be reached within a 40-minute drive or train ride.
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    • Hotel Keihan Sendai
      Mid-range
      Ideally located in the Aoba Ward district of Sendai, Hotel Keihan Sendai is set 600 metres from Sendai City Community Support Center, 1.3 km from Sakuraoka Daijingu and 1.7 km from Sendai International Centre. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Attractions in the area include Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, 3.2 km away, or the Site of Sendai Castle, located 3.3 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. Sendai City Museum is 1.9 km from the accommodation, while Zuihoden is 2.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 14 km from Hotel Keihan Sendai.
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    • Bansuitei Ikoiso
      Mid-range
      Bansuitei Ikoiso offers Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi and Yukata robes. Guests can relax in the shared public bath after a long day of touring the area. Kita Yobancho Subway Station is a 5-minute walk and JR Sendai Train Station is a 10-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A TV and an Hot water-filled pot and green tea are included in each. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Photocopying and laundry services are available at the front desk. A trouser press can be rented as well. This is a non-smoking property. A Japanese breakfast is served at the dining room. Ikoiso Bansuitei is a 10-minute drive from Aoba Castle and a 15-minute drive from Yurtec Stadium. Sendai Airport is a 50-minute drive away.
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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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    • Tenza Hotel at Sendai Station
      Mid-range
      Set in Sendai, 2 km from Sendai City Community Support Center, Tenza Hotel at Sendai Station offers rooms with air conditioning. 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. Private parking is available on site. 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. Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi is 2.2 km from the accommodation, while Sakuraoka Daijingu is 2.3 km away. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 13 km from Tenza Hotel at Sendai Station.
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