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
4 km - 0h05 - UENO StationLocated on the Yamanote Line, this station is very useful for people staying in the north of Tokyo to board the shinkansen without the crowds of Tokyo Station. Almost all of the trains stop here.
30 km - 0H25 - OMIYA (SAITAMA) stationThe Railway Museum is a short shuttle service away from this station. There are many real train carriages and engines to see here.
110 km - 0h49 - UTSUNOMIYA stationUtsunomiya is a major train hub served by the Tohoku Shinkansen Line, JR Tohoku Main Line, Tobu Nikko Line and JR Utsunomiya Line. Change here for Nikko and take the JR Nikko Line (41 min, a train every hour).
185 KM -1H20 - SHIN-SHIRAKAWA STATIONWith a castle and a park, there is little else of note to deserve a special visit here.
Change here to head to Aizu-Wakamatsu, famous for sake and one of the last strongholds of the samurai.
273 km - 1H32 - FUKUSHIMA stationIf you climb Mt. Shinobu, in the center of town, you can find Iwaya-Kannon with 60 Buddhas carved into the rock and you can get a good view of the city.
307 km - 1H49 - SHIORISHI ZAO stationNot far from the station you can find a traditional merchant house, a doll museum, a samurai house and a traditionally restored castle.
352 km - 1H32 - SENDAI stationLearn more about Sendai with our Japan Experience Travel Guide.
Take the JR Tohoku Line (track n°2 at the station) for a 20-minute ride to Matsushima.
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.
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.
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