A Travel Price Comparison for Japan Matsue vs. Sendai for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Matsue or Sendai?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Matsue and Sendai can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Matsue

Matsue, Japan is located on the scenic shores of Lake Shinji in the Shimane Prefecture. Matsue is the capital city of the prefecture and is known as the water city due to being located between Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi, and the Sea of Japan. This historically rich city is famous for being a laid back samurai village with stunning sunsets and traditional confectioneries.

Sendai

Sendai, Japan is located in the Toohoku region on the main Honshu island. It is often referred to as "Forest City" due to the large amount of green space throughout the city and the tree filled parks and public spaces. Sendai is a very pleasant city to visit; they are in close proximity to both mountains and the sea and have many large universities throughout the city, making it a popular college town.

Which city is cheaper, Sendai or Matsue?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Matsue is $73, while the average daily cost in Sendai is $117. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Matsue and Sendai in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Matsue is $56. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The prices for places to stay in Sendai can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $66, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $132.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Matsue $28
    Sendai $66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Matsue $56
    Sendai $132

Food

In Matsue travelers spend around $31 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The price of a meal in Sendai can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $36 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $14 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Matsue $31
    Sendai $36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sendai

For Sendai, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private Tour - Japanese Meal in a Historic Port Town! Enjoy the Food Tour!: $138

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Matsue is $22 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Sendai than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $20 on transportation in Sendai on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Matsue $22
    Sendai $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Matsue or Sendai?

Prices for flights to both Sendai and Matsue change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Matsue's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.81 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Sightseeing expenses in Sendai, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $20 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Matsue $9.81
    Sendai $20

Tours and Activities in Matsue

Here are a few actual costs in Matsue for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Adachi Museum Private Customized Guided Tour from Matsue: $396
  • Romantic Tour In Matsue: $496
  • The best of Matsue walking tour: $496

Tours and Activities in Sendai

For Sendai, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Private Tour - Everything good in Sendai! Find goods in craftsmanship town: $79
  • Private Tour - Glossy Sendai Night, Taste the sake and Food of Tohoku!: $89
  • Explore the Ice Monster Forest in Zao! Snow Vehicle Tour to See the Snow Rime: $96
  • A Special Tour to Visit the Ice-clad Crater-Lake and the Frost-covered Shrine: $96
  • Sendai / Matsushima Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide: $98
  • Private Tour - Fill your Stomach with Must-Eats of Sendai, a Gourmet City!: $98
  • Private Tour - Scenary beyond imagination, a temple into the Sky in Sendai: $108
  • Private Tour - Leap Time Back to Know Sendai by Visiting All Must Sees: $108
  • Private Tour - Feel the Sea Breeze in an adventurous island: Urato: $113
  • Private Tour - A Tour to Get Luck Through Three Bridges and an Island!: $113
  • Private Tour - Energy charge with a trip around power spots in Sendai!: $118
  • Private Tour - Great Views and Foods, Explore Matsushima to your Fullest!: $118

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Matsue may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.63 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Sendai spend on average $12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Matsue $7.63
    Sendai $12


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Matsue and Sendai, we can see that Sendai is more expensive. And not only is Matsue much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Matsue would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Matsue and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Sendai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sendai than you might in Matsue.

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