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Of the tourist sights in Sendai, this mausoleum for the head of the Datte samurai clan is by far the best. A must-see if you are on the tourist circuit.
Basic hotel in a central location. On the stylish-side for a Japanese business hotel but hard to call it stylish.
Outdoor covered mall / shopping street. Not particularly interesting but you'll be protected from the weather and find most of the major retailers in this area. The center of the strip often has pop-up stands selling regional food items. Good for people watching but not really a tourist sight per se.
This intimate venue is Sendai's premier line house. General admission but there isn't a bad spot in the house. A good place to catch local talent.
This relatively modern whiskey, cocktail, and karaoke bar is comfortable and friendly. Not as using as some of the older spots but a nice next generation alternative.
This small airport had to be rebuilt after the tsunami of 2011 and the one consolation is that the resulting structure is one of Japan's most architecturally interesting airports.
Small and efficient. Mostly a domestic airport but does has a few international flights. Like most domestic-oriented airports in Japan, food options are limited after security.
Sendai is proud of its gyoza (pot stickers) and this is a good spot to try them. Extremely popular with plenty of traffic right up to the 1 a.m. close on weekends. Has a slightly corporate feel but the old wooden exterior and vintage posters give it quite a bit of charm. The tripe hot pot is their other specialty. They also have a varied menu with a wide range of other izakaya (bar) food.
Grilled seafood served in an atmospheric wooden building. Fills up so visit early or call in advance to make a reservation. The Kinki (Orange Roughy) is particularly good.
This quaint little strip is lined with small bars that drip atmosphere. A good place for a quiet drink without any hassle. Locals are friendly and you are bound to strike up a conversation.
Bleak but functional and closer to the city center than Kansai airport. Designated as "international" but this is the primary domestic airport for Osaka and most international flights leave from Kansai. 20-30 min from Umeda. No train service so you'll have to take a taxi or bus. Food options after security are very limited.
Slightly better than the average ANA domestic lounge. A few more beverage options than usual and the seating is more comfortable than Haneda.
Land of cute and colorful things from Denmark. Japanese women line up for hours on weekends to shop here but relatively quiet on a weekday. Danish but somehow very Japanese.
This neighborhood centered around Fukuoka station is the commercial hub for the city and where you will find the major department stores. Lacks the charm of Nakasu but is functional and you'll like pass through it.
This Western-style draught beer bar has a great beer menu that has many local beers you won't find elsewhere (I loved the yuzu beer). Feels like it could be in a mall in the US but the terrace seats overlooking the river are nice when the weather is warm.
Will disappoint as a "Japanese" experience because of the atmosphere but the opportunity to taste a variety of local beers in half-size taster portions made it worth the visit.
This old school whiskey and cocktail bar is cave-like and almost medieval. Despite the uninspiring location inside the basement of the New Otani, it manages to deliver unexpected charm though drinks are pricey and small.
Quaint riverside stall specializing in tempura and grilled seafood. The tempura is solid but unexceptional. The stand out here is the opportunity to try interesting seafood and accessible prices. The blowfish (fugu) tempura was excellent with a nice touch of pepper. Razor clams were on offer during my visit and were as unusual to Japanese visitors as they were for me. A good place to enjoy a few beers and linger.