Our Sendai Hotel Picks – The Perfect Base to Explore Japan’s Northeast

Sendai, the biggest city in northeast Japan, is filled with plenty of reasonably priced hotels that could make a great base for exploring the Tohoku region. We here at JAPANiCAN.com have picked out a few of the hotels that have been highly rated by our customers, as well as a few that we think will become customer favorites, and listed them below.

*All prices listed are per night/per room for 2 guests.

From JPY

Dormy Inn Sendai EkimaeThe Dormy Inn hotel chain features relaxing and reasonably priced rooms, and can be found at three locations within the city of Sendai. The Dormy Inn Sendai Ekimae is conveniently located just four minutes from Sendai Station and has a popular grilled-food menu replete with around 30 breakfast options, as well as natural hot spring indoor and outdoor public baths, which can even be used at night.
The hotel has many amenities to serve the needs of tourists, long-term travelers and business guests alike, including a massage service, coin-operated laundry and guest computers in the lobby (extra charge required). There is even a drink service available in the lounge corner from 3:00 p.m. until midnight, offering free soft drinks and one free beer (and only JPY 200 per glass thereafter!). Yonaki soba noodles are also on offer in the lounge corner at evening – try them out if you feel peckish!

[Access] From Sendai Airport: An access railway connects to the airport, making JR lines a convenient method for transportation.
From JR Sendai Station: The hotel is conveniently located four minutes from the station on foot.

Our experience
Dormy Inn Sendai Ekimae


[1] The brown-colored lobby has a modern look and relaxed atmosphere.
[2] The room featured a semi-double bed with a Simmons mattress, which made for a great night’s sleep. The room also had some pleasant touches, like an air purifier and clothes deodorizer spray.
[3] The breakfast buffet lets guests enjoy hot, grilled food.
[4] Having curry for breakfast is good for you, apparently! There was way too much on offer to be able to try it all in one day. I wish I could have stayed a couple more days…

Other Dormy Inns in Sendai
Dormy Inn Sendai Annex (feat. the Aoba Natural Hot Spring)
Dormy Inn Sendai

From JPY 8,820

Toyoko Inn Sendai Chuo Ichi-chome IchibanThe Toyoko Inn is an economy hotel near the station, whose strength is its very reasonable price. As of May 2010, this hotel chain is expanding to a total of 222 locations throughout Japan, with a total of approx. 43,000 rooms. (Expansion into South Korea and China is also underway.) The hotels offer a pleasant place to stay to business people who travel a lot, as well as to tourists.
All hotels offer free breakfast and free in-room high-speed internet access. Other amenities include a computer with printer in the hotel lobby, a coin-operated laundry, and vending machines dispensing soft drinks for only JPY 100 (rrp JPY 120). There are four of these hotels in Sendai.

[Access]Four minutes’ walk from JR Sendai Station’s west exit.

Our experience
Toyoko Inn Sendai Chuo Ichi-chome Ichiban


[1] I stayed in a double room. The mattress was firm and comfortable, and there was enough room underneath the bed to store large luggage.
[2] Conveniently placed at my bedside were a lamp and a thermometer, as well as the Toyoko Inn-exclusive guest magazine Tanoyaku, which featured articles in English, Japanese and Korean taken from an number of other publications.
[3 & 4] The Toyoko Inn offers a free breakfast, with each property having its own different choices. I went for onigiri rice balls and miso soup, but bread and coffee were also available.

Other Toyoko Inns in Sendai
Toyoko Inn Sendai Nishi-guchi Hirose-dori
Toyoko Inn Sendai Higashi-guchi No. 1
Toyoko Inn Sendai Higashi-guchi No.2

From JPY 6,980

Daiichi Inn ParkThis compact, 85-room city hotel boasts spacious dwellings and relaxing interiors with chic wood furnishings. All rooms come with a broadband internet connection, a 26-inch or above LCD TV and air humidifier as standard, and there is the option of staying on the non-smoking 3rd floor. There is even a computer with internet connection and printer for guest use in the lobby at no extra charge. The staff offer welcoming and attentive service.

[Access] From JR Sendai Station #8 West Exit: 8 min on foot.

Our experience
Daiichi Inn Park

[1] I stayed in a double room. The 160 cm-wide bed felt huge! I slept soundly on the firm, comfortable mattress.
[2] At my bedside was a stylish lamp. In fact, every room has its own, slightly different interior design.
[3 & 4] You can choose between a Japanese-style breakfast or a Western-style breakfast (pictured) with generous portions. Care is taken in the preparation, and the rice and vegetables served here come from surrounding farms. There is also a drinks bar from which you can help yourself.

From JPY 8,400

Koyo Grand HotelThis historical hotel is also known as the “Tohoku Art Hotel”, thanks to the Chinese and European furnishings and art found inside.
The hotel is conveniently located for sightseeing in the center of town, with Hirose-dori subway station standing just outside and the main shopping district a 3 – 5 minute walk away.
As you would expect of a hotel of such long standing, the staff are attentive and friendly.

[Access] From Hirose-dori Subway Station: Take the #1 West Exit out of the station.
From JR Sendai Station: 12 min on foot / 5 min by car.

Our experience
Koyo Grand Hotel

[1] The hotel lobby looks like it could be part of an art gallery. There was an overwhelming amount of art and furniture from Europe on display.
[2] I stayed in a twin room. The classic-style European furniture makes you almost forget that you are in northeastern Japan.
[3] I was given my own bathrobe and pajama to use!
[4] You can choose between a Western-style or Japanese-style breakfast; you will be asked your preference at check-in. You can enjoy a number of breakfast dishes.