Tohoku Photo Gallery - Sendai

Sendai is 350km north of Tokyo, but only 1.5 hours by Shinkansen away. Next to the main train station is the AER Building, which has a free observation deck with a good introductory view of the city.

Satisfied with the sunset view, I headed back to the train station to find dinner.

Near the Shinkansen area, there was an exhibition celebrating the train's underwater connection to Hokkaido.

A pedestrian arcade extends along a stretch of road, which is a common feature in many Japanese cities. I paid particular attention to the discount shop as well as supermarket.

As closing time draws near, prices for fresh seafood, such as sashimi, are slashed. Bargain hunters take note!

The Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine was built in 1607 by a local ruler, Date Masamune. It is beautifully decorated in black lacquer with gold leaf, so it stands out quite nicely.

There was a bus stop just outside the temple and not long after, I got off in the city centre for the brisk walk to Zuihoden, passing through some river scenes along the way.

Zuihoden is the mausoleum of a feudal lord from the Edo period. The site was destroyed during World War II and the current structures are re-creations from 1979 which were renovated in 2001.

Exiting the first section, which is walled off, you can enter the second section on the other side of the hill for free.

Behind the Sendai City Museum, remnants of the old castle walls remain.

Sendai Castle on Mount Aoba is long gone, but views are quite nice thanks to its elevated location. The original structure was built over 400 years ago.

Most tourist sites are not so easily accessible by the subway system. Instead, buses seem more convenient. You can take the tourist loop bus to cover the attractions showcased on this page.

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