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Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region. Blessed with a beautiful natural environment, a trip to a hot spring is only 30-40 minutes by train or car from downtown.
Other recommended sights to see are the historic buildings of the Site of Sendai Castle, Zuihoden Mausoleum, the national treasure of Osaki Hachimangu shrine, and the all-glass Sendai Mediatheque.
In addition to the famous specialties originating from Sendai, such as thick-cut beef tongue, sasakamaboko made from pureed fish, and the soy bean paste of zunda mochi, sushi made with fresh seafood and Sendai strawberries are also popular.
The streets of the city bustle with people all year round from the Sendai Aoba Festival in the spring, the Sendai Tanabata Festival in the summer, to the Jozenji Street Jazz Festival in the autumn, and the SENDAI Pageant of Starlight in the winter.

Getting from Tokyo to SENDAI

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  • JR Tokyo station → Sendai station: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by Tohoku shinkansen

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    Aimed at tourists who love to take pictures and share them on social networks, this route introduces experiences that will make them want to share their snapshots with others before they know it, as well as the appeal of Sendai as the entryway to Tohoku.
    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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