Sendai is arguably the largest city of Miyagi Prefecture and the Tohoku region and home to over a million people. It also connects the north and the south via Shinkansen train, which makes it an important hub for travelers. There are also many attractions in the city like the Rinno-Ji Temple, Sendai Castle, Zuihoden, Toshogu Shrine, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine, Nishi Park and many more attractions that make visiting Sendai worth the trip.
For some people, shopping is a part of their everyday life, and they would even go to great lengths to check all the fashion stores just to wear the latest fashion trends. Sendai is home to many shopping complexes where you can browse and buy the things that catch your fancy. You can get plenty of discounts on a seasonal basis so make sure to visit these 10 places to shop in Sendai for amazing deals.
1. Sendai Miyage-kan
Sendai Miyage-kan is inside the shopping mall S-PAL Sendai and connected to the JR Sendai Station. There are over 100 stores where you can browse and shop for items and foods. Aside from shopping, they also have a good selection of restaurants where you can enjoy delicious delicacies. There are plenty of things to see here and so make sure to check all the services that they have to offer.
Address: 1-1-1, Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Website: https://www.s-pal.jp/sendai/omiyagerestaurant/ (Japanese Only)
2. Omiyagedokoro Sendai
Omiyagedokoro Sendai is a shopping area in Sendai Station. As the name suggests, is a good place to buy souvenirs. They have many suitable items for presents and this also includes delicious and fluffy snacks like the Hagi no Tsuki. They are popular sponge cakes filled with custard cream, and women of all ages love them. Another interesting item that you can get there is the special “beef tongue.” While buying this as a souvenir may sound weird in other countries, but in Japan, it is considered a tasty treat!
Address: 1-1-1, Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Website: https://www.livit.jregroup.ne.jp/detail/128 (Japanese Only)
3. S-PAL Sendai
S-PAL is one of the most convenient shopping centers in Sendai because it is right beside the Sendai Station. With such a convenient location, it will be much easier to shop and travel at the same time. Here you’ll find almost everything that you’ll ever need from fashion, home necessities, appliances, cooking utensils, and many dining options. It is also one of the most highly recommended shopping malls where you can shop in Sendai.
Address: 1-1-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
4. Sendai PARCO
Sendai PARCO is considered as one of the largest fashion and shopping complex in Sendai. It is located in the north of Sendai Station and is one of the landmarks in the area. It is home to a good selection of fashion shops, cosmetics, general goods, movie theaters, restaurants, and more. If you want to see the latest release of famous shopping brands, then going here is a must.
Address: 1-2-3 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-Shi, Miyagi
AER is one of the tallest buildings in Sendai and a well-known local landmark in the city. You’ll see common brand names like Uniqlo and Maruzen as well as other retail businesses in the first few floors of AER Building. Some people even say that if you want to see great views of the city, then all you need to do is go to the 31st floor and enjoy the sights. Take note that the views are much more beautiful during the night and in case you’re wondering everything is absolutely FREE.
Address: 1-3-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Website: https://www.sendai-aer.com (Japanese Only)
6. Tokyu Hands Sendai
Tokyu Hands Sendai is a store that offers various products like cooking utensils, appliances, beauty products, stationery, and other miscellaneous goods. Some people prefer to buy here compared to other stores in the area because of the quality of their products. They also have art and craft products that are not found in any other stores. A great place to shop for miscellaneous items aside from Uniqlo and Daiso.
Address: S-PAL Sendai East Bldg, 4F, 1-1-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
7. Hapina Nakakecho Shopping Street
Hapina Nakakecho Shopping Street is a lively place where you can get most of the items that you are looking for in Sendai. There are many interesting stores that line-up this famous shopping street that is mostly open during the day like karaoke shops, apparel, pharmacies, fashion stores, and many more. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants that offer delicious sushi, ramen, and beef tongue in their menu.
Address: 2-1-30 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
8. Sendai Forus
Sendai Forus is an AEON Group fashion building located in downtown Sendai. There are many fashion related stores, general and miscellaneous goods, travel agencies, restaurants, and even dance studios. Some refer to it as a shopping complex catered towards teenagers and men & women in their early 30’s.
Address: 3-11-15 Ichiban-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Website: https://www.forus.co.jp/sendai (Japanese Only)
9. Pokemon Center Tohoku
Pokemon Center Tohoku features Pokemon related goods like stuff toys, card games, video games, and other limited edition merchandises. It is just a 2-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Sendai Station. One of the best places to bring the kids (and kids at heart) during your free time and buy them a few plush of their favorite Pokemon characters like Pikachu. You can also get a few of their limited edition products as souvenirs or gifts to your family and friends.
Address: Sendai PARCO 8F, 1-2-3 Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
10. Sendai-Izumi Premium Outlet
Sendai-Izumi Premium Outlet is a 40-minute bus ride from Sendai Station. The design is like a Northern-American town, which gives the place a refreshing new look. It is a small shopping complex with 80 outlet stores. It is also connected to a hotel so you can stay a night here and shop until you drop. It is best to go here during the weekdays because it’s not too crowded.
Address: 6-1-1 Teraoka, Izumi-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Data is as of July 2019
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