Sendai City, the capital of the Tohoku region, is blessed with the best of both mountains and ocean. If you find yourself with a spare day in Sendai, here is a great plan from Erk (Thailand) to ensure you experience the best of ‘Sendai by the Sea’.
More details about each destination below!
First, here is a transport guide for your trip – each destination can be easily accessed by car, or by public transport. If using public transport, it is recommended to look into purchasing a ‘Sendai Area Pass’ which gives you access to all forms of public transport across these areas.
SHIOGAMA FISH MARKETS
Famous for having the most sushi restaurants per capita in the whole of Japan, Shiogama is definitely the spot to visit if you have a hankering for some fresh sashimi. The fish markets here boast around 140 stalls, all selling the day’s catch of fresh seafood, including the region’s famous Matsushima oysters. In one corner of the market, you can buy a set of rice and soup to couple with whatever takes your fancy from the surrounding stalls. It’s basically like a DIY seafood bowl – a whole lot of fun and super tasty! There is also an area with a public charcoal grill to cook-up your oysters, scallops and shell fish.
Shiogama Fish Markets (Naka-oroshi Ichiba)
Hours: 3am ~ 1pm (weekdays), 3am ~ 2pm (weekends), 6am ~ 2pm (public holidays)
Closed: Wednesdays, Obon holiday period, New Year holiday period
Address: (about a 15 min walk from Higashi Shiogama Station on the JR Senseki Line)
As one of Japan’s ‘Top 3 scenic views’, you can’t miss out on a trip to the beautiful Matsushima Bay. Dotted with hundreds of pine covered islands, taking a cruise around the bay (or between Matsushima and Shiogama) is without a doubt the best way to get the most from your visit. Back on land, there are fascinated temples, red bridges, the gorgeous Kanrantei tea house and street of delicious local delicacies including freshly grilled seafood and ‘Kamaboko’ fish cake.
Some more Matsushima inspiration:
Getting to Matsushima
Matsushima can be easily access from Sendai by local train, on the JR Senseki Line (around 40 mins). To access the bay area of Matsushima, be sure to get off the train at Matsushima-Kaigan Station (not Matsushima Station on the Tohoku Line!). Use this website for train times etc: http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
Once at Matsushima Bay, it is recommended to take a sight-seeing cruise around the bay. You can also use the sightseeing cruise as a convenient way to travel between Matsushima and Shiogama. More details here: https://www.marubun-kisen.com/english/
Matsushima Homepage: http://www.matsushima-kanko.com/en/
MITSUI OUTLET PARK
Only 25 minutes from Sendai Station you can find a shopper’s paradise – Mitsui Outlet Park. With great deals to be found on a range of brands like Michael Kors, Coach, Under Armor and Addidas, it is the perfect location for a spot of on-holiday retail therapy (not to mention tax-free for international visitors to Japan, of course)!
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Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai
Mitsui Outlet Park can be easily accessed from Sendai Station via the JR Senseki Line. Get off at Nakano Sakae Station, and the outlet park is a short 8 min walk away.
Hours: 10am ~ 8pm
Enjoy your trip in Sendai!!
~ Erk (Piangrawee Santivongskul), Thailand