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Sendai Nightlife, Japan

Sendai is one of Japan’s seventeen designated cities, and the largest city in the Tohoku region. While Sendai is not quite as old as Tokyo or Osaka, is has quite a long history. Sendai’s numerous zelkova trees have earned it the nickname ‘City of Trees’. Although Sendai was nearly completely demolished during World War II, the city completely recovered, and sports a friendly, relaxed small-town atmosphere. You can find everything in Sendai, from airy streets to amazing glass skyscrapers and bustling shopping districts.

A university city, Sendai is energized by the thousands of young students who are responsible for a lively nightlife. Lounge in a nice street café, taste the local specialties at a traditional restaurant or dance the night away in a hip nightclub. This Sendai Nightlife Guide will tell you about the best locations in this beautiful city.

Sendai Nightlife - Eating Out

Sendai is known for zunda, a green sweet soy-paste that is usually savored at festival times, but which is widely available as souvenir for visitors. Zunda and gyutan, grilled beef tongue (another local delicacy) can be found at any yakiniku restaurant.

Rikyu is a chain restaurant specializing in gyutan, and you can find many variations on this popular dish at an affordable price. This Sendai Nightllife Guide recommends that you try the local oden, a fish stew, served at Oden Sankichi.

The best oyster restaurant in the city is Kaki Toku, a place that has been running since 1927. Sendai also boast of having the best sushi restaurant in all of Japan. Kameki Sushi is rather expensive, but they use only fresh local ingredients and the sushi is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

If you are not a fan of Japanese food, you will find plenty of restaurants serving international cuisine. For Indian food, go to Namaskar near Sendai Station, and for some genuine Italian dishes you should go to Tirol, located on Clis Road, Sendai’s largest shopping district.

Sendai Nightlife - Clubs and Bars

Chuo Dori, also called Clis Road, is mainly a huge shopping district, but with a fair share of clubs and bars catering to students. However, Kokubuncho is the designated entertainment district where you can find everything from small izakayas to large nightclubs and classy bars. Club Shaft is a large mainstream venue where Sendai’s youngsters gather to drink every possible kind of beer in the world and dance the night away to DJ music.

Vilevan near Sendai Station is a great place for jazz lovers and for those who would rather chill out and have a couple of quality drinks than show off their dance moves. Ernie’s Bar is the perfect place to meet fellow travelers or expats with whom you can swap stories.

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