How to go from Tokyo to Sendai ?
Hayabusa, Hayate, Yamabiko, Komachi shinkansen
Sendai is 1h30 away from Tokyo by shinkansen. Get your Japan Rail Pass and discover all the sightseeing spot on the way !
Along the Tohoku shinkansen
The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train boasts the fastest operating speed of any of the lines in Japan. If you are going to Sendai, you can take the Hayabusa, which as well as having a very distinctive shaped nose, is the fastest of them all. Destinations from Tokyo to Sendai are covered by the Japan Rail Pass, the JR East Tohoku Pass, The JR East Hokkaido Pass.
110 km - 0h49 - Utsunomiya station
185 KM -1H20 - Shin-Shirakawa station
307 km - 1H49 - Shiorishi Zao station
352 km - 1H32 - Sendai station
What to see ?
Located half an hour outside of Sendai, the city is famous for its bay dotted with over 200 small islands covered by pine trees. For centuries, it has been ranked one of Japan’s three most scenic views, along side Miyajima and Amanohashidate. A good way to enjoy the bay is to get on a cruise boat. Operated by multiple sightseeing cruise companies, there are round trips starting and ending at Matsushima and boats from Matsushima to the nearby city of Shiogama. Longer cruises will get you to the more remote areas of Oku-Matsushima, which are less spoiled by industrial and urban development.
Where to stay ?
Matsushima Century Hotel 松島センチュリーホテル
Senzui 8, Matsushima-cho, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi, 981-0213
Tel : 02-2354-4111/www.centuryhotel.co.jp/gaikokugo/en
A great hotel for sightseeing. Located a 5-minute walk to the ferry port to Fukuura Island. Close to the ocean you will have a great view of the neighboring islands from the balcony.
Hotel Ubudo ホテル 海風土
5-3 Higashihama, Matsushima, Miyagi-gun, 981-0213
Tel : 02-2355-0022/www.ubudo.jp
A new type of ryokan, combining Japanese and Western style, with an excellent location. From Matsushima Kaigan Station on the JR Senseki Line, take the Matsushima Loop Bus for about 10 minutes to the Hotel Ubudo Mae stop.
Where to eat ?
Shobian is across the main road from Matsushima National Park, about a 6-minute walk east down route 45 from Matsushima Kaigan Station.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m./www.matsukama.jp/shop/shobian.html
This sweets café is perfect for a nice break along Matsushima Bay, with its clean and modern interior and spectacular view of the bay.
If you’re strolling alongside the picturesque Matsushima Bay, naturally seafood is your best choice of cuisine! This highly-rated restaurant is where the locals come for 50 minutes of all-you-can-eat fresh oysters at a reasonable price. From the eastern end of Matsushima National Park, continue towalk along the bayside beach. When the path ends, turn left,and Kakigoya is a little shack on your right.
Open daily during oyster season (October through March), with their hour-long all-you-can-eat rounds starting at 11 a.m.,12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Tel : 02-2354-2618