Things to do in Sendai・Sightseeing

Enjoying your Sendai sightseeing

STAY

A trip through the Mori no Miyako and Sendai loved by Masamune Date

From the historical ruins of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), it is easy to see why Sendai, while being the largest city in the Tohoku region, is lush with verdant greenery and also known as the “City of Trees”. Abundant in local dishes, hot springs, and leisure facilities, your journey to Sendai starts now!

What to do on your first day

DAY.1

AM10:00

Arriving at JR Sendai station

Store your luggage at the hotel immediately and start your Sendai trip!

The hotel is approximately a 5 minute walk from the west exit of the convenient Sendai Station which provides access to every direction.

AM11:00

Zuihoden

The ancestral home of Masamune Date, the hero of Tohoku

This mausoleum enshrines Masamune Date, the founder and first daimyo of the Sendai Domain. Destroyed by fire during an air raid in 1945, it was rebuilt in 1979 and restored in 2001. The cultural traces of the magnificient Momoyama period are aparent even now. There is also musuem exhibiting the items that was buried with Masamune Date along with the mausoleums of the second and third daimyo’s, Tadamune and Tsunamune.

Information

Address
23-2, Otamaya-shita, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number
022-262-6250
Distance from hotel
Approximately 13 minutes by car

PM12:00

Otama Chaya

Take a breather in this shop that is simple yet storied all at once

Otama Chaya on Zuihoden-sando is recommended for lunch. With the discreet sweetness of home-made zundaya that is littered with grains of edamame beans and its recipe unchanged from times before, shiroishi umen noodles, and okuzukake filled with vegetables in a viscous soy sauce soup, you can treat yourself and fully enjoy the traditional tastes of Sendai.

Information

Address
CCD Bldg. 1F, 18-9, Otamaya-shita, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number
022-211-0305
Distance from hotel
Approximately 12 minutes by car

PM3:30

Sendai Mediatheque

Sendai’s iconic building that holds various exhibitons

This complex has many multi-use facilities including a library, gallery, mini-theater, and event spaces. This dazzling building is known as architect Toyo Ito’s finest work and has a unique, eye-catching structure that is award-winning and visited by many overseas patrons.

Information

Address
2-1, Kasugamachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number
022-713-3171
Distance from hotel
Approximately 8 minutes by car

PM4:30

Jozenji-dori

Be immersed in beautiful rows of trees and sculpture appreciation

After exiting Sendai Mediatheque, take a walk down Jozenji-dori! The lines of zelkova trees suit the appropriately named “Mori no Miyako” (City of Trees), and due to its refreshing nature in the summer, changing colors in the fall, and twinkling illumination in the winter is becoming known as one of Sendai’s famous hot spots. There also many sculptures on the promenade to be enjoyed.

Information

Address
Within Ichiban-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Distance from hotel
Approximately 15 minute walk (17 minutes to the zelkova trees)

PM5:30

Hotel check-in

Welcome to Almont Hotel Sendai!

PM6:00

Iroha Yokocho

Have a pleasant dinner at this flashy, Showa-era retro-style street

In the ever-changing streets of Sendai, the pronounced sense of the Showa-era still lingers even now at this shopping area. There are many restaurants and shores of various kinds lined along the way so enjoy shopping and a meal at any shop that catches your eye.

Information

Address
2-3-28, Ichiban-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number
022-223-3151 (Central Commercial Market Cooperative Association)
Distance from hotel
Approximately 4 minute walk

PM7:30

Sendai Castle Ruins

A nightview spot representative of new Sendai!

Sendai Castle at night with a statue of Masamune Date on horseback illuminated in many in colors and the image of the city stretching out below is both representative of Sendai in the modern age and a night view hot spot! Renewed in 2015, the statue and stone walls have become as colorful as a rainbow.

Information

Address
Tenshudai Aoba Shiroato, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken (Aoba Castle Honmaru Kaikan)
Phone number
022-222-0218
Distance from hotel
Approximately 10 minutes by car

Relaxation time at the hotel

AT HOTEL

SLEEP TIME

Back in your room

Going to bed after a satisfying first day of your trip. Rest and look forward to enjoying tomorrow!

How to spend your second day

DAY.2

AM7:30

Kotodai Park

Experience the feeling of the four seasons while enjoying a run

There is the “Ikoi Zone” with an outdoor concert hall, the “Rekishi Zone” with a Sendai Domain school and nursery from the Edo era, and the “Nigiwai Zone” where many events are held in addition to the eight sculpture pieces that are also installed in the park.

Information

Address
3-9-2, Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number
022-225-7211 (Aoba Ward Office Kotodai Park Department)
Distance from hotel
Approximately 16 minute walk

AM8:30

Breakfast

After returning to the hotel, time for breakfast!

At the restaurant “Hanamomi”, you can enjoy a variety-filled breakfast buffet. With local delicacies available as well as a menu to choose from, savor the ample flavors while gathering energy for today!

Information

Location
Hanamomi Restaurant Hotel 2F
Charge
Adults 1,540 yen / children (elementary school) 770 yen / free for preschool children
Operating hours
6:30~10:00
(Please arrive by 9:30)

AM10:00

Check-out

Leaving the hotel and enjoying Sendai again!

AM10:30

Abe Kamabokoten Main Store

A Sendai local delicacy! Great for a souvenir!

Originally known as Sasakamaboko, this long-standing shop was established in 1935. Using high quality surimi and local sake from the Miyagi prefecture, this regional treat carefully made by exprienced craftsmen is famous all over the country and perfect as a souvenir!

Information

Address
2-3-18, Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number
022-221-7121
Distance from hotel
Approximately 5 minute walk

AM11:00

Sendai Forus

A stylish spot representative of Sendai

This shopping building contains in vogue ladies and mens fashion shops from creator brands. There are also trendy pancake, french toast, and sweets buffet restaurants along with other stores where you can enjoy your entire day.

Information

Address
3-11-15, Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number
022-264-8111
Distance from hotel
Approximately 10 minute walk

PM2:00

Wagashi Mameichi

Enjoy new, delicate Japanese sweets

These high grade Japanese confections are brightly colored and made by a craftswoman who trained at a well-established Japanese sweets store in Kyoto. The original baked goods are popular introducing Japanese components to western-style deserts. There is also space to eat-in and have a short rest at the back of the store.

Information

Address
2-19-9, Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number
022-302-4720
Distance from hotel
Approximately 16 minute walk

Kotodai Park

There is the “Ikoi Zone” with an outdoor concert hall, the “Rekishi Zone” with a Sendai Domain school and nursery from the Edo era, and the “Nigiwai Zone” where many events are held in addition to the eight sculpture pieces that are also installed in the park.

■ Approximately a 12 minute walk from the hotel

Sendai Forus

This shopping building contains in vogue ladies and mens fashion shops from creator brands. There are also trendy pancake, french toast, and sweets buffet restaurants along with other stores where you can enjoy your entire day.

■ Approximately a 10 minute walk from the hotel

Sendai PARCO

Fashion and cosmetics stores in addition to restaurants, cafes, and a movie theater make up this department store that is one of Sendai’s trendiest locations. The pedestrian deck is connected to Sendai station and allows for amazing access.

■ Approximately a 10 minute walk from the hotel

Zuihoden

This mausoleum enshrines Masamune Date, the founder and first daimyo of the Sendai Domain. Destroyed by fire during an air raid in 1945, it was rebuilt in 1979 and restored in 2001. The cultural traces of the magnificient Momoyama period are aparent even now. There is also musuem exhibiting the items that was buried with Masamune Date along with the mausoleums of the second and third daimyo’s, Tadamune and Tsunamune.

■ Approximately 13 minutes from the hotel by car

Miyagi Museum of Art

The works featuring the greenery of the Miyagi prefecture and the Tohoku region are at the center of this collection that his been gathered from far and wide. Including Japanese and western art from the Meiji Period to now, work from foreign artists in also on hand. There are also studies where you can try painting and making your own woodblock prints.

■ Approximately 10 minutes from the hotel by car

Sendai Mediatheque

This complex has many multi-use facilities including a library, gallery, mini-theater, and event spaces. This dazzling building is known as architect Toyo Ito’s finest work and has a unique, eye-catching structure that is award-winning and visited by many overseas patrons.

■ Approximately 8 minutes from the hotel by car

Wagashi Mameichi

These high grade Japanese confections are brightly colored and made by a craftswoman who trained at a well-established Japanese sweets store in Kyoto. The original baked goods are popular introducing Japanese components to western-style deserts. There is also space to eat-in and have a short rest at the back of the store.

■ Approximately a 16 minute walk from the hotel

Beef tongue restaurant Tsukasa Torayoko Store

Without using the the tip of the tongue, the tender sections are carefully selected and only high-quality beef is used. After seasoning, the ageing process pulls out a deep flavor and softens it. In addition to this, the savourniess is increased when cooked using nara coal from the Iwate prefecture.

■ Approximately a 7 minute walk from the hotel

Abe Kamabokoten Main Store

Originally known as Sasakamaboko, this long-standing shop was established in 1935. Using high quality surimi and local sake from the Miyagi prefecture, this regional treat carefully made by exprienced craftsmen is famous all over the country and perfect as a souvenir!

■ Approximately a 5 minute walk from the hotel