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About Sendai

A vibrant city characterised by tree-lined avenues, castle ruins and ancient shrines perched in the shadow of westerly long-dormant volcanoes, Sendai is the capital of the Miyagi Prefecture. Known by locals as the ‘City of Trees’, this is a community of verdant open spaces and a rich culture. This identity is reflected in our pick of the best places to stay in Sendai: intimate, historic and inviting.

The city was founded in 1600 by Date Masamune, a powerful samurai nobleman, who built the once-imposing Sendai Castle and is now commemorated at the Zuihoden Mausoleum. Set atop stone steps within the forest, this ornate landmark is not to be missed. Culture aficionados will also be fascinated by the haunting remains of Sendai Castle, on Mount Aoba, and the accompanying exhibition. The Sendai City Museum details local history, whilst the Akiu Craft Park offers brilliant workshops in doll-making, painting and other traditional crafts. The Osaki Hachimangu Shrine is beguiling.

Round off busy days of discovery with restful soaks in the Sakan onsen baths or tours of the Miyagikyo Distillery, famed for its Nikka whisky. You’ll find that the best places to stay in Sendai fill up fast during the annual Aoba Festival, which includes a colourful traditional parade in May.

The Best Places to Stay in Sendai


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Travel Information

  • Fly to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport or to Narita International Airport and travel to Sendai by one-hour bullet train. Alternatively, fly directly to Sendai International Airport.
  • You may want your own car if you place to venture beyond the city limits. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • With temperatures peaking at around 27°C, summers are best for exploring the city and enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking in the hills. The changing red, yellow and golden leaves of autumn, however, make this the most picturesque time to visit. Winters are cold but generally dry.

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Best Hotels in Sendai

  • Saryo Souen Sendai 26 rooms from £533

    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy a soothing soak in the hot spring bath, known for its high therapeutic efficacy or treat yourself to a relaxing massage
    Local exploring  -  Explore the local village and nearby sites including Rairai-kyo Gorge, a picturesque walk alongside Natori River close by
    Traditional  -  Rooms feature Japanese style decor, including tatami mat flooring
    Local markets  -  Akiu village is a short drive; here you can find a range of local food and produce, including a farmers' market
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    An idyllic hotel for those seeking peaceful solitude in Sendai. Traditional rooms feature tatami mats and timeless decor, plus lovely garden views. The restaurant serves delicious cuisine from the Tohoku Region, plus there's an exquisite Japanese garden and open air hot spring baths. See More

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