The largest city in Tōhoku, Sendai is famous for its Tanabata Matsuri, one of the most famous in Japan. Sendai can also claim to be the second largest industrial/commercial center north of Tokyo (the largest being Sapporo). How much does it cost to travel north from the capital?
Prices here are based on booking one month before departure.
Sendai is serviced by Sendai Airport (SDJ).
The flight time between Tokyo and Sendai is around 1 hour.
Low Cost Carriers - at the time of writing, there were no budget airlines with services between Tokyo and Sendai.
Flag Carriers - ANA operates services between Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Sendai Airport.
Fares (one way/round trip) (all taxes/surcharges included). Two flights a day(?).
Economy - 20,740 yen / 36,080 yen
Business Kippu - 18,040 yen / 36,080 yen (ANA card members)
Tokuwari - 16,240 yen / 32,480 yen
Tabawari28 - 15,140 yen / 30,280 yen
(No Premium service running at the time of writing.)
From Sendai Airport to JR Sendai Station, trains take ~ 30 mins. Fares 650 yen.
With a limited air service between Tokyo and Sendai, the Shinkansen is likely the most convenient transport option. Sendai is a stop on both the Tōhoku and Akita Shinkansen lines.
Komachi Shinkansen (Akita Line) ~ 1 hrs 30 mins
Reserved seat (11,200 yen) / Green seat (14,790 yen)
Yamabiko Shinkansen (Tōhoku Line) ~ 2 hrs 10 mins
Unreserved seat (10,370 yen) / (Reserved seat (10,890 yen) / Green seat (14,480 yen) / Gran class (19,620 yen)
Double these prices for return journeys.
The Japan Rail Pass is valid for Komachi and Yamabiko Shinkansen trains.
The cheapest way to travel between Tokyo and Sendai. In Tokyo, the largest number of services depart from Shinjuku Station. In Sendai, many buses arrive/depart at Sendai train station. Day journeys are around 6 hrs. Night buses, and hour or two longer. One way fares start from just over 3,000 yen.
English speakers may find Willer Express, easy to navigate. They have plenty of services to Sendai.
Fares (one way, based on bus/seat type)
RELAX - ~ 3,100 yen
RELAX[NEW] - 4,000 yen
NEW PREMIUM (two rows) - 4,800 yen
NEW PREMIUM Economy - 5,500 yen
NEW PREMIUM (single row) - 6,500 yen
Night bus booking site Bus-Channel kicks things off in English. You’ll need to understand Japanese to complete your booking though.
Sendai can be reached on local trains in 6 - 7 hours. Fare(s) ~ 6,000 yen. The Seishun 18 Kippu might be an option for some. Check out a post about this ticket here.
If driving, expect to pay 8,000 yen in highway tolls (source: NEXCO). The drive takes over 4 hrs (if you know where you’re going). How much does it cost to rent a car? NIPPON Rent-A-Car has ‘subcompact’ cars which can be rented for around 7,000 yen (12 hrs).
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