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Sendai

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Tohoku  /  Miyagi Prefecture  /  Sendai
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Things to do: sightseeing, historic sites, museums
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city. The woods and cherry blossom orchards that surround the main temples have as many tales associated with them as the buildings themselves, while "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) dot the volcanic landscape of hot springs, putting the natural features of the land to good use in a range of treatments. You'll find that a large number of attractions in Sendai relate to the life and work of Date Masamune, the founder of the modern city, and his family, including temples, tombs, and museums. The surrounding landscape possesses many notable features, including areas of hot springs, a number of waterfalls, and forested limestone islands off the coast. Add Sendai and other destinations in Japan to your travel itinerary using our Japan family vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Sendai

In the city center of Sendai, you'll find a good range of budget and luxury accommodations to suit a range of tastes. From standard high-rise hotels to traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses), they sit pretty close to the main train station, forming clusters around the main public parks, commercial developments, and temples. The surrounding landscape features a number of "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) located in clusters around hot springs. Take a look close at Mount Okura and Kamakurayama for some of the most concentrated patches of spa retreats.
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