5 days in Sendai & Niigata Itinerary

5 days in Sendai & Niigata Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sendai
— 3 nights
2
Niigata
— 1 night

3
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Chuson-ji Temple (in Hiraizumi-cho), Yamagata (Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall, Risshaku-ji Temple, &more) and Matsushima-machi (Godaido, Matsushima Bay, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sendai Uminomori Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sendai route builder.

Tokyo to Sendai is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: highs in Sendai hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Yamagata, Chuson-ji Temple
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

1
night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marinepia Nihonkai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then stop by Pia Bandai, and finally pause for some photo ops at Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Niigata trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sendai to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Niigata sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Niigata

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Marinepia Nihonkai ©
Marinepia Nihonkai
Bandai Bridge ©
Bandai Bridge
Pia Bandai ©
Pia Bandai

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