Despite being the largest city in Japan’s Tohoku region, Sendai is not that famous for tourism. However, as it is home to the Sendai International Center where several international meetings and conferences are held, the city still sees a considerable number of foreign visitors. Here are four places easily accessible from the convention center, perfect even for those who are just on a short business trip in Sendai.
The Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) Site is just about a 10-minute uphill walk from the Sendai International Center. It’s a great place to spend time and relax.
Aside from the remains of the castle, the site also offers breathtaking views of Sendai City, a shrine (Miyagiken Gokoku Shrine), and a garden. There are many wooden tablets with people’s prayers and wishes around the shrine. Feel free to make a wish, too!
With the country’s rich marine life, a trip to Japan would not be complete without a visit to an aquarium. Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium might not be the largest but it is big enough to be enjoyed by all kinds of visitors. Their dolphin show and enormous two-floor aqua tank with diverse ocean species are the main attractions. A duration of about an hour and a half to two hours would be ideal to visit this aquarium.
The temples and shrines of Japan are popular for their unique architecture. Also, Japanese gardens are eye-catching with their native trees, wooden walkways, and unique construction.
For visitors with a tight schedule, a visit to Rinno-ji Temple would be hitting two birds with one stone, as there is also an attractive garden in addition to the beautiful temple.
Here comes the most popular attraction of Sendai – Kokubuncho, the biggest entertainment district in the Tohoku region. This is a must-visit if you want to experience nightlife in Japan. You can try out different traditional Japanese drinks at the many izakayas (Japanese-style pubs) here. There are also a lot of dining and shopping options around the area.
A visit to the places mentioned in this article would make for a great exploration of the city of Sendai. If you have a day to spare, then a visit to the nearby Matsushima Bay is also recommended. After visiting at least one of these places, you will realize that Sendai has a lot to offer as long as you are ready to explore its hidden beauty!