To the sea, to the mountain with “SENDAI AREA PASS!” Play around suburbs of Sendai City.
If you enjoy sightseeing starting from Sendai city, SENDAI AREA PASS is convenient and advantageous for foreigners visiting Japan. You can visit not only Sendai city but also Matsushima that is one of the three scenic spots of Japan, and Yamadera Temple where spacious nature and a historic temple can be enjoyed together. We will introduce recommended spots that you can go by using “SENDAI AREA PASS.”
What is “SENDAI AREA PASS?”
This is a great ticket for foreign travelers visiting the Sendai area. With this pass, trains and buses in the area are free to hop on and off all day long. In addition, you will receive a variety of discount and reward services at Sendai city’s staple attractions, such as “Zuihoden” “Aoba Castle Exhibition Hall” and more. Let’s use it effectively for your travel by all means. You can purchase the pass at JR East Travel Service Center, View Plaza located on the 2nd floor of JR Sendai Station.
“SENDAI AREA PASS”
● Available Transportation: JR, Miyagi Kotsu Bus, Sendai City Subway, Sendai City Bus, Loople Sendai, Sendai Airport Access Line, Abukuma Express Line
● Price: 1,300 yen (12 years old and up), 650 yen (6 to 11 years olds)
Popular outlets and Matsushima sightseeing – Go to the sea area!
“Sendai Umi no Mori Aquarium” opened in 2015 is a 15-minute walk from JR Sengoku Line Nakano Sakae Station. The highlight of this aquarium is one of the largest performances in Tohoku region by the sea animals. From July 2017, the 360-degree projection mapping has started. You can enjoy powerful images and sound feel like being in the sea by the latest technology.
“Sendai Umi no Mori Aquarium”
● 4-6, Nakano, Miyagino-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture
● 9:00-18:30 (Last admission 18:00) * Business hours may vary depending on the season
● Open year-round
“Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port,” where you can stop by on the way back from the aquarium, is an 8-minute walk from Nakano Sakae Station on the JR Sengoku Line. It is the largest outlet in Tohoku region where 120 shops lined up on the site of about 20,000 m2 of the retail area. Besides a variety of brand shops, a beautiful Ferris wheel with illumination is also attractive.
“Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port”
● 3-7-2, Nakano, Miyagino-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture
● Shop / Café 10:00-20:00
Food Court / Restaurants 10:30 – 20:00 (Last Order: Depending on the stores)
* Business hours may vary depending on the season
● Irregular holiday once a year
It is located only 25 minutes by JR Sengoku Line from Sendai city. Matsushima where over 260 islands floating in Matsushima Bay weave the beautiful scenery is a well-known picturesque place as one of the three scenic spots of Japan. We recommend you to take a sightseeing boat and watch the islands from the sea. There are “Niojima Island,” which is likened to the appearance of Nio (Deva), and “Kanejima (bell island),” which is said that the surf waves sound like bells, and many more to see. (*Matsushima Sightseeing Boat is not covered by “SENDAI AREA PASS.”)
“Matsushima Sightseeing Boat”
● 85, Chonai, Matsushima Aza, Matsushimamachi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi Prefecture
●April - October 8:00 – 17:00 / November - March 8:30 – 16:00
●Cancellation in the event of stormy weather
Every year from the end of October to the middle of November, evening lighting up is held at centering around the famous temple “Entsuji” for autumn leaves. This is a limited time event, which you can enjoy colorful autumn leaves and historical temples at the same time.
“Matsushima Tourism Association”
“Sendai Tourist Information Desk” that provides a guide service for foreigners visiting Japan, introduces an English guided tour around Matsushima. In addition to experiences of Japanese culture such as Juzu (Buddhist rosary beads) making at a temple and Matcha experience in a tea-ceremony room, this tour offers you walking around the Matsushima coast and enjoying the local gourmet in kimono. Please contact directly for details.
“Sendai Tourist Information Desk”
●1st floor, Fujisaki Main building, 3-2-17, Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture
● Business dates and hours follow Fujisaki Building
Immersed yourself in the Japanese style in “Yamadera” - To the mountain area!
The official name of the tourist attraction “Yamadera” is "Hoshuzan Risshakuji Temple.” It takes 50 minutes from Sendai Station by JR Senzan Line. It is the birthplace of haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. The mountain gate as an entrance is about 5 minutes on foot from Yamadera Station, but it takes about 1 hour including 1,015 steps of a staircase to Okunoin located far end. The scenery below the view from the Godaido stuck out on the cliff near Okunoin is superb. Especially, the scenery that looks like brocade’s carpet is a masterpiece of the autumn foliage season in October! There is Sakunami Station between Sendai Station and Yamadera Station, so it is also recommended to stop by Sakunami Onsen.
Midahora and Niomon Gate in Autumn
“Yamadera Tourist Association”
●4495-15, Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata Prefecture
*The above information was last updated July 31, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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