Sendai is a city that is sometimes overlooked by foreign guests because of its close proximity to Tokyo. However, in recent years there had been an influx of tourists who discovered the beauty and charm that the city has to offer.
Various attractions like the Zuihoden Mausoleum and Umino-Mori Aquarium are just a few of the stops that you have to visit when you go to Sendai. Of course, trying out the local delicacies, visiting temples, and looking for souvenirs are one of the highlights of your trip. In order to do that, you need to secure a good base. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Take note of these 10 guest houses and hostels in and around Sendai for a relaxing stay.
1. Keyaki Guest House
Keyaki Guest House used to be a traditional Japanese restaurant. But, it was renovated to become a guest house. It is a 5-minute drive away from JR Sendai Station. The location is good and a few minutes drive away from several attractions like the Sendai Castle Park and Rakuten Kobo Stadium. Keyaki Guest House is a great place to stay during your trip to Sendai. The rooms are clean, the staffs are hospitable and accommodating. Do take note that there are no meals that are served in the guest house. Feel free to ask for restaurant recommendations from their staff.
Address: 13-4 Tachimachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
2. Guest House Yadoya Hagi
Guest House Yadoya Hagi may only be a 10-minute walk from Sendai Station, but finding it may prove to be a challenge. This is especially true if it’s your first time looking for it. The guest house itself looks like an ordinary house (this is the reason why it’s hard to find!) It may not be that spacious compared to other guest houses in Sendai. However, the location is very convenient if you’re planning to explore the city. If you are too lazy to cook, you can just buy something at the convenience store near the guest house. A very affordable place to stay and most of the guests are locals as well.
Address: 2-1-35 Kakyoin, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
3. Guest House Umebachi
Guest house Umebachi is one of those few places where the owners speak good English. The guest house is a 15-minute drive from the JR Sendai Train Station. They have dormitory-style accommodations with clean rooms, and shared bathroom and toilets. A small guest house with reasonable rates that will not make your wallet suffer. A few amenities like bath towels and toothbrush are available for an extra cost.
Address: 1-3-14 Heisei, Miyagino-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
4. Sendai Guest House KIKO
Sendai Guest House KIKO (or simply Hostel KIKO) is a 13-room hostel that is great for people looking for a place to stay in Sendai. It is near several attractions like the Zuihoden Mausoleum, Sendai Atago Shrine, Shibari Jizoson and a 15-minute walk from Tohoku University. They also have an on-site launderette and a great kitchen where you can cook meals.
Address: 1-15 Higashishichibancho, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Website: https://www.hostelkiko.com/service-1 (Japanese Only)
5. Maple Sendai Youth Hostel
Maple Sendai Youth Hostel is a 20-minute bus ride headed to Kitayama from JR Sendai Station. The youth hostel is fully air-conditioned, and the rooms are divided according to gender. Exemptions are made for families and groups, which is a very common thing for travelers. Rooms are nice and clean, and the staff is polite and hospitable.
Address: 1-9-35 Kashiwagi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Website: http://www.jyh.or.jp/info.php?jyhno=1309 (Japanese Only)
6. Chitoseya Ryokan
Chitoseya is an approximately 15-minute walk from the East Exit of Sendai Station. You can either choose a private room or the youth hostel room (a large shared room). The traditional Japanese-style rooms are great. The breakfast meals cost extra. If you prefer to dine outside, you can visit the nearby restaurants or drop by the supermarket. They also have bike rentals if you want to have a scenic tour of the city.
Address: 6-3-8 Odawara, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
7. Uchi Matsushima Guesthouse
Uchi Matsushima Guesthouse is a 7-minute walk from Matsushimakaigan Station. It may be a small guesthouse, but it is very comfortable to stay in. The location is also very convenient because some of the attractions are within walking distance like the Zuigan-ji Temple. There is also a hot spring bath that is a 5-minutes drive away from the guesthouse (a free ride is available upon request). The owners also speak good English, which is very helpful if you don’t know how to speak Japanese.
Address: 121-3 Machiuchi, Matsushima, Japan
8. Long Beach House
Long Beach House in Ishinomaki has 8 comfortable and clean rooms that are bright and clean. They also have an on-site bar and restaurant (with Spanish cuisines), free Wi-Fi and a baggage storage room, as well as a shared bathroom with toiletries. Free parking is available for guests who stay at the beach house. A great place to eat, drink, stay and have fun under the sun.
Address: 47-1 Watanoha Hamasonenoichi, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
9. Dochuan Youth Hostel
Dochuan Youth Hostel is a highly recommended place to stay in Sendai. It is only 6 – 8 minutes walk from Taishido Station (Taishido Station is 7 mins train ride from Sendai Station). The way is surrounded by trees which creates a refreshing and rustic atmosphere. The rates are very affordable and the cedar bath will wash away the fatigue from your journey. The tatami mat rooms and comfortable futons will make you fall asleep in no time at all. Without a doubt, Dochuan is a charming hostel that will instantly become one of your favorite youth hostel in Sendai.
Address: 2 Chome-3-7 Onoda Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken
10. GUESTHOUSE 66
Guesthouse 66 in Kakuda is an interesting place to stay. It is 33km from Sendai and Fukushima is 36km away. Clean and comfortable rooms for solo or group travelers. The rooms have a shared bathroom and breakfast is available everyday. The on-site restaurant bar called Panch serves delicious meals made from fresh local ingredients.
Address: 66, Kakuda Izumimachi, Kakuda, Miyagi
Website: https://www.guesthouse-66.com (Japanese Only)
Data is as of September 2018
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