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Sendai guide

If you have a lengthy stay in Japan and you grow weary of the noisy, electro-town of Akiba, or if the bright and vivid outfits of Harajuku folks tire your eyes, then Sendai is the place to go. Located 300 km away from Tokyo and only 2 hours by Shinkansen (high-speed train), Sendai is an amazing place for a relaxing and enjoyable travel experience full of breathtaking landscapes, beautiful nature and narrow streets.

So what is so unique about Sendai that would encourage you to take the time to visit and to spend the money on the Shinkansen to travel there?

First of all, unlike overpopulated Tokyo, Sendai has a population of only 1 million! If you are like me coming from a country with a population of 16 million, this number probably would not stun you, but again think about it: it is 12 million less than in Tokyo! There is a much more calm and serene atmosphere and people do not rush around like crazy so you won’t feel overwhelmed by crowded streets, like you do in Tokyo. Besides

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Food/Sendai

 

1. Sasebo Burger

 

Address:   仙台市青葉区国分町2-14-25.

 

Two minutes walk from Kotodai-koen Subway Station.

 

Open hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 am-2 am. Friday-Saturday: 10 am-4 am. Sundays and Holidays: 10 am-12 pm. Lunch time: 11 am-2 pm.

 

They proudly say that they serve the “best ” and you cannot really blame them for their pride in their food. Although I am not a big fan of burgers, I must say that this place definitely impressed me. With American-style décor, this place has a fun atmosphere and tasty burgers! Lunch will cost around 880 yen (dishes come with fries, salad, a soft drink and even a dessert!), but the opening hours are a bit limited. The average meal will cost around 1200 yen and it is totally worth it.

 

They have an assortment of different toppings and fillings for their burgers. I would personally recommend the avocado-cheese burger, which is very filling, and delicious. For those who prefer simpler burgers,

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Harajuku

Harajuku (原宿)  is an area between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. The area has two main shopping streets Takeshita-dori and Omotesando. The landmarks include: Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine and NHK headquarters. Even though Harajuku is remarkable as a shopping paradise for the most extreme and rebellious teenage culture , it also offers decent shopping for adults and presents great historic sights.

Access: The JR Yamanote Line stops at Harajuku station.

 

1. Takeshita Dori

Once you exit the station the colorful teen culture hits you. Takeshita street is the center of the vivid teenage culture and famous for its gathering of flamboyant,  trendy and rebellious youth. This is the place where you can find stores selling Gothic Lolita, Hip-Hop, Visual Kei and Punk outfits. If you would like to see fashionable and trend-conscious teens at their most extreme you need to visit Takeshita-dori on Sundays when this extremely crowded street will present a pe

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Food/Harajuku

As every other district in Tokyo, Harajuku and Omotesando are full of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops which are usually very crowded at weekends. Some places are particularly good but the lines to get in can be very long. Here are some of the best places to eat:

Maisen

This restaurant serves one of the best tonkatsu in Japan. Tonkatsu is breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet usually served with a tangy sweet/salty sauce, shredded cabbage and miso soup. The average price here is around ¥1680.  Besides deep fried pork, you can treat yourself with deep fried shrimps, chicken, nikuman (steamed meat buns), sushi and udon. However tonkatsu is the restaruant’s specialty. Especially popular is korobuta tonkatsu (“black pork”), which is known for its juicy taste and high content of fat. Maisen tonkatsu is the tonkatsu, which you can cut with chopsticks because this deep fried meat is so soft and melts in the mouth. The place has an English menu as well. And if you are lucky

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