Japan's hidden gem, Sendai is a big city with a small-town feel not yet discovered by crowds of tourists. Sendai pairs modern sophistication with intense natural beauty, making the area a haven for both urbanites and outdoor enthusiasts. With a smaller international population than Japan's biggest cities, the college town offers a chance to get to know the locals better. You can also take a deep dive into traditional Japanese culture with the city's famous festivals and historical sites.
Where is Sendai
What to do in Sendai
- Akiu Craft Park: Tap your creative side in a mecca of art projects and craftsmanship—perhaps in a workshop on how to make traditional Kokeshi dolls.
- Nightlife in Kokubuncho: Hit one of the 3,000 restaurants or bars in the popular entertainment district any night of the week.
- Sendai Castle Ruins: Step into the 1600s at the inner citadel, the bright red Gokoku Shrine of Miyagi, and past the imposing statue of feudal lord Date Masamune.
- Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi: Root for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles at their home field in the 20,000-seat baseball stadium.
- Zuihoden Mausoleum: Capture the colors, beauty, and history of Japan in photos at this monument enveloped in wood carvings and cedar-lined paths.