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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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    This journey introduces a wide range of destinations that you can enjoy, from sightseeing spots in Tokyo to hot springs in Tohoku where you can soak and relax. Come and tour the sights of Japan, both old and new, such as symbols of Tokyo like the TOKYO SKYTREE and Sensoji Temple, a Matsushima sightseeing cruise, and one of Japan's National Important Cultural Properties at Hirosaki Park. By utilizing Unlimited Rides Passes, you can save on transportation costs and travel around to many locations at an unbeatable price.
    The Great East Japan Earthquake caused significant damage to the people living in Japan's Tohoku region. In this journey, you will travel along the Joban Line from disaster-prevention spots in Tokyo to areas in Tohoku that were hit by the disaster. By first visiting spots in Tokyo that have survived natural disasters and fires, and then heading to disaster-affected areas in Tohoku and seeing how they have recovered, you will be able to think more deeply about the impacts of natural disasters and about how important disaster prevention is.
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