Aer Observation Deck 31F
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Free Observation Deck!
Just a five minute walk from Sendai station and a three minute ride in the central elevator (the only one with a sign indicating the 31st floor), you'll find one of the best vies in the whole city and the best part-- it is absolutely free. Two observation decks are located on the 31st floor, one facing east and the other west. In between is The Oriental Suite Villa, a fancy restaurant and event space usually catering to weddings and generally inaccessible without a reservation.
On the walls of the corridor connecting the east and west observation decks, constellations are displayed, organized by season. The views from each side are wonderful. From 145 meters in the air, the hard awning covering the blocks and blocks of shopping arcade stretch on from the station like a white plastic tube. Also visible from the west deck are the beautiful mountains in the distance, soon to be showing fantastic fall foliage.
From the east deck, you can see Kobo stadium, where the Rakuten Eagles play ball and the expanse of Sendai as it stretches out to the sea. You can even watch the bullet train come in from Akita.
The observation decks are open from 10 AM to 8 PM and the view is worth the trip up the elevator even when it's foggy. I do recommend coming early in the day if you are not into watching couples be couples as the evening hours turn this place into a popular couples meeting spot.
While the appearance of the stairs make it seem as though they might somehow convert into a handicapped and stroller accessible ramp, I have yet to figure out how to do so. That said, there is only one stair per observation deck.