After exploring Nihombashi, an area that prospered as the center of Edo, visit the gateway to Tohoku, Sendai. Here, you will visit the vibrantly-colored Zuihoden, which is dedicated to the legendary feudal lord Date Masamune, once the ruler of this land. Follow the footsteps of history still left in the city.

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Haneda Airportmore

The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.

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The Nihombashi area, known as a "town for merchants," flourished in the Edo period centered on the Five Routes, which converged there. It continues to be the center of commerce and finance even today, with streets lined with offices, department stores, long-standing shops, etc.
On Chuo-dori Street, visitors may enjoy seeing Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, known as Japan's first department store, and other famous buildings of Tokyo, including the nationally designated important cultural properties of Takashimaya Nihombashi Store and the Bank of Japan Headquarters.
There are also numerous long-standing and famous specialty stores and traditional restaurants founded in the Edo period.
Ningyocho, retaining the atmosphere of Shitamachi, has many long-standing businesses from the Edo period, and it is also renowned for Suitengu Shrine dedicated to prayers of conception and easy childbirth, and the ceramics, doll and pickled vegetable fairs synonymous with their respective seasons.

Tokyo Station → Yotsuya Station
JR Chuo Line (Local train)
Youtsuya Station → Yoyogi Station
40 minutes / 170 yen

Meiji Jingu Shrinemore

The shrine was established in 1920 as a dedication to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Dowager Shōken. The extensive forest around the shrine in the center of the city was created artificially by planting a hundred thousand trees donated from people all over the country.
The shrine attracts the greatest number of worshippers every year during "hatsumode" over the New Year period.

30 minutes

Nezu Museummore

The museum was founded in 1941 to preserve and display Japanese and East Asian antique art from the collection of its founder, Nezu Kaichiro, a businessman whose career included being President of the Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. It reopened in October 2009, newly designed by Kengo Kuma. The expanse of this open, relaxing space is an enjoyable place to appreciate art.
The lush 17,000 square meters of Japanese garden creates an oasis in the city, where visitors can take pleasure in the passage of the seasons.

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Omotesando Station → Akasakamitsuke Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Akasakamitsuke Station → Tokyo Station
30 minutes / 200 yen

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi



9:08 Tokyo Stationmore

October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.

JR Shinkansen Hayabusa 9(JR EAST PASS)
11,200 yen
*1 adult / normal period – charge for seat reservation on an ordinary car - fee Show details

10:40 Sendai Stationmore

Sendai Station is a central sightseeing location in Tohoku, and allows visitors to gain access to tourist attractions all throughout Tohoku. Yamadera, Matsushima, and Hiraizumi can all be reached within 1 hour by using JR train lines. Sendai Station has many souvenir shops selling Sendai specialties. The Gyutan-dori and Sushi-dori streets have a lineup of stores where you can eat beef tongue, a local specialty, and sushi. These shops have multilingual menus, making this a friendly spot for visitors from overseas. The zunda shakes served at the Zunda Saryo restaurant are a blend of special zunda green soy beans. It's an original shake with a fun bumpy texture that can't be found elsewhere. Be sure to give their delicious taste a try as they are freshly made at the shop.

25 minutes

Sendai Mediathequemore

This building with glass facades on all sides stands out prominently on Jozenji-dori Avenue. It is a public institution that provides a base for a variety of cultural activities, mainly related to art and moving images. At the same time, it supports activities that are related to various media.
It was designed by Toyo Ito, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and the building itself is celebrated in its own right.

Loople Sendai bus
Loople Sendai Aoba-dori Ichibancho Subway Station stop → Zuihoden Mausoleum stop
About 10 minutes
* Sendai Marugoto Pass (unlimited rides for two days) = 2,670 yen for adults.

Zuihoden Mausoleummore


Zuihoden is a luxurious and gorgeous mausoleum built in 1637, the year after the passing of Date Masamune, the first feudal lord of Sendai Domain. It was designated as a national treasure in 1931, but was burned down during World War 2. It was reconstructed after the war in its current state. Stairs on a gentle incline near the entrance and a grove of quiet cedar trees make for a perfect setting to take a walk.

Sendai Subway Tozai line
Omachi Nishi-koen Station → Sendai station
200 yen
* Sendai Marugoto Pass (unlimited rides for two days) = 2,670 yen for adults.

3 minutes

Hotel Metropolitan Sendai


Hotel Metropolitan Sendai

JR Senzan Line
Sendai Station → Sakunami Station
About 30 minutes
* Use Sendai Marugoto Pass (unlimited rides for two days).

About 25 minutes

The Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillerymore

This distillery distills and stores malt whisky and other beverages. On the one-hour tour of the facility, you can watch the manufacturing process and taste the whisky made there.

JR Senzan Line
Sakunami Station → Ayashi Station
15 minutes, 240 yen

Sendai Municipal bus
Ayashi Station → Akiu Bunka no Sato Center
15 minutes /420 yen
Walk 20 minutes

Akiu Kogei no Sato (Akiu Craft Park)more

At Akiu Craft Park, craftsmen working in traditional Japanese crafts that have been handed down from olden times for their livelihoods work in nine ateriers. Enjoy a look at both the craftsmen who strictly keep these traditional techniques alive and the numerous works that they create with utmost care.

Akiu Kogei no Sato → Iwanumaya
20 minutes




Shuttle bus, Scheduled bus
Iwanumaya → Sendai Station
45-60 minutes / 800 yen
(*Shuttle bus is free)

Sendai Station

Kataribe taximore

Travel around the disaster area where the scars of the earthquake remain while the driver talks about the situation after the earthquake and tsunami, the progress of reconstruction efforts, and the lessons of the disaster such as disaster preparedness.
Basic Course: Sendai Station → Gamo district → Arahama district → Yuriage district → Sendai Station (Jumbo taxi: 20,750 yen)

Sendai Station

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