LET’S DANCE ANA AIRWAYS

Thetraveljunkie.org – When in the Sendai airport for our flight to Tokyo with ANA Airways, I took a long stroll through the whole airport to stretch my legs. It felt great to walk. It was as if the simple motion was re-setting all my muscles and bones back into place. It felt good. I watched the light, from behind glass. I know, it’s a brilliant photo.

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Look Into the Light in Sendai Bay

Thetraveljunkie.org – After our trip to a traditional market in Sendai city, we made our way to Iwanuma – Shimonogo and Sendai Bay! We decided to drive in the direction of Sendai and then carry on driving to Sendai Bay. After 45 minutes on the road, we arrived at Sendai Bay for the history about 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. We had very little time, so we tried to be as quick as possible. There was absolutely no one!

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THE TRAVEL JUNKIE IN ANA HOLIDAY INN SENDAI

Thetraveljunkie.org – We have travelled a lot but we had never been to Tohoku, so Sendai seemed like the perfect place for our trip to the continent and it has inadvertently taken a little spot in our hearts. Sendai was our base but we travelled to a lot of different areas in the country. We spent the last days at the incredible ANA Holiday Inn Sendai Hotel, using our IHG Rewards Club points.

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DINNER IN ICHIBANCHO, SENDAI

Thetraveljunkie.org – During our last visit to Sendai we went to a local restaurant in Ichibancho area. We came across a totally refurbished space, filled with lots of light and very welcoming. The menu is full of delicious things. If you are ever in Sendai, don’t miss this spot, its seafoods, Japanese salad and noodles are to die for!

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EXPLORE MATSUSHIMA BAY

Thetraveljunkie.org – Matsushima has been long celebrated as a place of romance, spirituality and elegance. Come for the landscape of 260 pine-covered islands. Uncover the stories behind the mysterious caves, three red bridges, and centuries-old temples. Take a leisurely walk around Fukurajima Island. Explore Matsushima from the water with a sightseeing cruise. Matsushima is more than just a pretty place, it is a full experience.

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VISITING GODAIDO TEMPLE, MATSUSHIMA

Thetraveljunkie.org – After walking around Matsushima Retro Gallery, we went all the way up to Godaido Temple. This is a must-see symbol of Matsushima. It was founded in 807 and reconstructed by Date Masamune in 1604. It is named for five Buddhas of wisdom housed within. Leading to the temple are unusual red bridges with spaces between the planks – if you trip you are not yet ready to reach the temple! Free to enter, closed evenings.

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MORI NO GOHANYA CHERISH, SENDAI IZUMI PREMIUM OUTLETS

Thetraveljunkie.org – I had the absolute pleasure of eating at Mori No Gohanya Cherish, Sendai Izumi Premium Outlets. Anyway despite all the fanfare, I arrived and there was absolutely no sense of a pretentious, pompous, self congratulating “We are SO highly sought after, therefore YOU should be SO lucky to dine here” vibe. The atmosphere was humble, simple, minimal and modern.

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DISCOVER SENDAI CASTLE

Thetraveljunkie.org – A few weeks ago we spent a couple of days in Sendai. We love visiting different spots in Tohoku and especially those that we haven’t been to before. Sendai Castle is the must-go to area to visit in Japan if you like heritage and history, and if not, well you should still go because you’ll definitely enjoy it.

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THE TRAVEL JUNKIE IN MIYAGI ZAO ROYAL HOTEL

Thetraveljunkie.org – We love traveling and there’s so many different ways of doing it. You can go on a trip to explore new places or to onsen in the Miyagi Zao Royal Hotel. You can travel to have fun with your friends or to enjoy the peace and quiet. Whichever way you do it, traveling is good and it’s a great way of getting to know yourself and the rest of the world.

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GUIDE TO MIYAGI ZAO KOKESHI MUSEUM

Thetraveljunkie.org – In the modern Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Museum, there are many intersting areas, including an exhibition hall exhibiting Kokeshi dolls from across the country, a booth where demonstrations are given by Kokeshi artisans, an experience area where travel junkies can actually experience painting Kokeshi.

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