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Sendai, Miyagi-ken, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Sendai?

You should plan to spend around $108 (¥16,085) per day on your vacation in Sendai. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $33 (¥4,984) on meals
  • $18 (¥2,700) on local transportation
  • $121 (¥18,111) on hotels

A one week trip to Sendai for two people costs, on average, $1,508 (¥225,188). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Sendai cost?

A one week trip to Sendai usually costs around $754 (¥112,594) for one person and $1,508 (¥225,188) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Sendai on average costs around $1,508 (¥225,188) for one person and $3,016 (¥450,376) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Sendai will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Sendai on average costs around $3,232 (¥482,546) for one person and $6,463 (¥965,091) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Sendai has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Sendai expensive to visit?

Prices in Sendai are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Sendai is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Sendai is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Sendai Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Sendai?

The average Sendai trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Sendai travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥18,111 ($121)
Local Transportation 1 ¥2,700 ($18)
Food 2 ¥4,984 ($33)
Entertainment 1 ¥2,779 ($19)
Alcohol 2 ¥821 - 2,464 ($6 - 17)
Accommodation Budget in Sendai
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Sendai is $61 (¥9,056). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Sendai is $121 (¥18,111). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Sendai

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Sendai based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $85. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Sendai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Sendai is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $18 (¥2,700) per person, per day, on local transportation in Sendai.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Sendai
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Sendai can vary, the average cost of food in Sendai is $33 (¥4,984) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Sendai should cost around $13 (¥1,994) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Sendai is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Sendai
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Sendai typically cost an average of $19 (¥2,779) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Sendai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $11 (¥1,643) on alcoholic beverages in Sendai per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Sendai On a Budget
Sendai Sendai, Japan
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.

Sendai sees a lot of rain throughout the year; primarily from winter through summer and into September when typhoon season hits. Although, the weather is not unbearable as temperatures tend to stay in the low 40's (Fahrenheit) during winter and the high 70's in the summer. If you'd prefer to stay out of the rain, October and November tend to be good times to visit as they provide sunnier, drier, days with temperatures staying in the mid to low 60's.
The best option for English speaking tourists is to take a free guided tour from Gozian Sendai Volunteer English Interpreter and Tour Guide Group who will take you around to all the major sights in Sendai. Some of which include the Sendai Castle Ruins which has a replica of the original castle gate and has even been the theme of a popular poem by Doi Bansui called "Kojo no Tsuuki"- "The Moon Over the Desolate Castle".

A must see is Zuihoden, the mausoleum of Date Maasamune, the founder of the city of Sendai. The mausoleum itself if ornately designed with beautiful woodwork in bright colors and the museum located on the grounds provides fantastic artifacts from the Date family. From there, head to Rinno-ji, an old temple with a large garden that becomes even more vibrant when the azaleas bloom.
Sendai is divided into five wards: Aoba-ku, Izumi-ku, Miyagino-ku, Taihaku-ku, and Wakabayashi-ku. In Aoba-ku, you'll find the poualr Ichibancho shopping district and the Jozenji-Dori, a famous walking path lined with statues situated between Kotodai and Nishikicho parks. Aoba is also home to the city center and the major tourist attractions. Izumi-ku is more residential and home to many of the college campuses in Sendai.

Miyagino-ku, Taihaku-ku, and Wakabayashi-ku are also more residential areas with smaller shops catering to locals. It is important to note that Wakabayashi is still rebuilding itself after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which nearly wiped out the entire ward.

Sendai is known for hosting the famous festival of Tanabata where the streets are adorned with large decorations and streamers. There are dances, parades, and plenty of vendors selling everything from handmade goods to ice cream! Sendai is also a great place for whisky and beer, as they are home to the Nikka Whisky Distillery and Kirin Brewery; you can tour both of them, receiving free samples at each one.

Sendai is also a popular site for sports fans and are home to the Vegalta Sendau pro soccer league, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pro baseball team, and the Sendai 8ers basketball team. Depending on the time you're there, you may be able to catch a game. Tickets can be bought at the stadiums.
Food and Dining
Sendai is famous for a few dishes, including: gyutan, grilled beef tongue; sasakamaboko, fish sausage; and zundamochi, sweet soybean paste eaten with rice balls. If you're a fan of sushi, head to Kameki Sushi which is often considered to be the the best sushi restaurant in all of Japan.

Sendai is home to a quite unqie night life, considered so because of their wide range of bars and clubs throughout the city. There's Ha'penny Bridge, a Guinness pub, and One More Time, which has all of the nostalgia of a 1950's bar in America, but is often filled more with locals than tourists. For night clubs, there's LUXS Sendai, a popular club with live DJs and occasional performances. There's also the Ceskoya, a pub that puts on a variety of performances, ranging from comedy shows to cultural nights.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

Getting around Sendai is fairly easy; you can take the subway, use tourist buses, or simply walk. The subway connects the major shopping areas, which often means it'll also take you to, or near to, popular tourist attractions. The local buses can be hard to understand, which is why there's the Loople Sendai, a bus that loops around the city to various attractions. You can by day passes or single ride tickets directly on the bus. If you plan to stay in the city center, walking is the best option and allows you to better experience the city.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.