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Cultural hub – 7 recommended museums in Sendai.


There are many museums in Sendai, the central city of the Tohoku region, where visitors can experience the culture of Sendai and the Tohoku region. Sendai, the City of Trees, surrounded by nature, and with hot springs and parks in its vicinity, offers something unique. In this article we will introduce seven recommended facilities to enjoy original exhibits and experiences.

“Sendai Kaleidoscope Art Museum” Enjoy a world of beautiful mirrors.

This museum specializing in kaleidoscopes was the first of its kind worldwide and opened in 1999 at the entrance to Akiu Hot springs. The museum not only offers a chance to see kaleidoscopes originally invented by Scottish physicists and precious antiques, but also allows visitors to peer into and be immersed in the dazzling world of kaleidoscopes. We also recommend the kaleidoscope making experience where you chose beads and crystals, and place in a bottle with oil.

The kaleidoscope exhibition of antique to new creations is changed four times a year so visitors can enjoy different displays in each season.
There are approximately 50 items on display in the exhibition room. Come and enjoy this dazzling world of beauty!
The museum is located at the entrance to Akiu Hot Springs.There are also many day-use hot springs in the area to be enjoyed.

“3M Sendai City Science Museum” Learning by touching, trying and paying.

This is an “experiential science museum”, located in the “Dainohara Shinrin Koen” with a total area of 60 ha (Approximately 1.5 times the size of Vatican City). Here you can experience a wide range of science, such as observation and scientific experiments of natural things, science from daily life like energy and various robots. In addition to unique experiences such as going inside a large soap bubble and playing with large cardboard blocks, the natural world can be experienced through the plant specimen and mineral exhibitions. Experiment / science craft classes (change lab) are held daily for children.

Drones and robots can be operated in the “Robot Square” and is a popular area for children.
The “Natural History Exhibition Room” houses natural specimens such as preserved animals and fossils, and plants and animals of Miyagi.
The characteristic architecture with visible pillars and braces to show the engineering mechanisms.

“Sendai Astronomical Observatory” Offering opportunity to feel of familiarity with the universe.

Learn about the birth, history, structures and features of universe while having fun through models and videos at this observatory. Highlights of the observatory include the ‘Hitomi Telescope’ with a diameter of 1.3 meters and the ability to observe dark stars of class 17*, and the impressive 25-meter diameter horizontal type dome planetarium. *Stars visible to the naked eye is approximately class 6.

An area where visitors can see images of the Milky Way. It is a popular spot for photos.
The exhibition room with models and information boards where visitors can experience the universe. Learn about the Big Bang.
Cosmic Candy, retweeted over 10,000 times in 2015 due to their beautiful resemblance of the moon and earth. They became so popular. Don’t miss them! (250 yen / incl. tax)

“Sendai Literature Museum” A treasure trove of literary materials related to Sendai and Miyagi.

The museum exhibits handwritten manuscripts and personal items of authors related to Miyagi such as Kotaro Isaka and Tatsuya Kumagai. There is also an area dedicated to convey the difficulties encountered after the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster by artists such as Fumiaki Aono and Kazumi Saeki. There is also a replication of the workplace of Mikio Igarashi, a manga artist living in Sendai, and a section introducing children’s books. The museum can be enjoyed by both adults and children.

The Washi (Japanese paper) tunnel that gently filters light extends to the exhibition room was created by washi artist Eriko Horiki.
The ‘Sendai, Origin of Literature’ area introduces the history of Sendai literature, as well as literary artists active in the early Meiji and early Showa periods, including Bansui Doi and Lu Xun.
The museum, which makes the most of the natural setting, is located on the western edge of Dainohara Shinrin Koen.

“Sendai City Museum of History and Folklore” Conveying the lives and history of ordinary people from the past.

The museum exhibits tools donated by Sendai residents, dating from the Edo period to the early Showa period. The traditional lifestyles of Sendai and Miyagi, and the state of the war from Meiji to the Showa period, is conveyed. There is an area displaying the tools of carpenters and blacksmiths until around 1955, and also a reconstruction of an old traditional candy shop. The museum also introduces material used by local craftsmen such as from a Geta (wooden sandals) maker and Tsutsumiyaki pottery (designated as a traditional art and craft of Miyagi Prefecture).

A traditional farmhouse kitchen, circa 1950, is displayed. Traditional seasonal cuisine such as food for the Obon holiday and New Year seasons are also introduced.
The building was originally the Japanese Army barracks. The park was used for training.
A display of the restored barracks from Meiji to the early Showa period. The museum also houses many wartime relics.

“Sendai City Tomizawa Site Museum” See rare world remains up close.

Visitors can observe the remains of a Paleolithic forest found in the 7-meter-high strata in the state they were excavated. In the remains, archaeological sites and stoneware (replicas) of former Stone Age men who visited the forest are preserved and exhibited. In the exhibition room, excavated authentic stone tools are displayed, and the lifestyles and environment of the time are introduced in detail.

The roots preserved in their original without being cut out of the earth are amazing. A video showing life of 20,000 years ago is also aired.
On the first floor is a permanent exhibition introducing the evolution of mankind based on skulls (replicas) such as Australopithecus.
The results of excavations are explained in detail, such as the state of the forest at that time examined from deer dung and seeds.

“Museum of Kamei Collection” A variety of collections are opened to the public.

This museum exhibits approximately 14,000 butterfly specimens from around the world. The number is world class! In addition to butterflies, the museum also offers a collection of paintings of mainly modern Japanese artists and overseas artists, as well as a Kokeshi wooden doll collection from Taisho and Showa periods. Special exhibitions of the paintings and Kokeshi are held sporadically.

Specimens of the female Ornithoptera alloteil can only be seen at this museum and the British Museum in the UK.
The museum keeps 11 types of Kokeshi from the six prefectures of the Tohoku region, some are antique masterpieces.
A wide range of artworks and sculptures are displayed from masterpieces of the western style artists Chu Asai Tadashi and Ryuzaburo Umehara, to present day active artists.

Experience the various genres of culture as you enjoy the city of Sendai!

*All prices are as of 12th September, 2019.

Sendai Kaleidoscope Museum
1-2 Matsuba, Moniwa, Taihaku-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-304-8080
Open/ 9:30~17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Closed/ Open every day (Temporary closure during winter)
Fees/ Adults and university students: 900 yen, elementary, junior, high school students and seniors over 70: 450 yen
Parking/ 46 vehicles
Access/ ‘Matsuba’ bus stop on the Miyagi Transportation Bus
*External link
*Only available in Japanese

3M Sendai City Science Museum
4-1 Dainohara Shinrin Koen, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-276-2201
Open/ 9:00~16:45(last entry 16:00)
Closed/Mondays(except national holidays), the day following national holidays(except Saturday, Sunday, the 3rd Tuesday of October, and holidays), the 4th Thursday of each month(except national holidays and December 28- January 4.
Fees/ Adults: 540 yen, high school students: 320 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 210 yen
Parking/ 100 vehicles
Access/ A 7 minute walk from Asahigaoka Station on the Namboku Subway Line
*External link

Sendai Astronomical Observatory
9-29-32 Nishikigaoka, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-391-1300
Open/ 9:00~17:00 (last entry 16:30), Saturdays open until 21:30 (last entry 21:00, exhibition room open until 17:00)
Closed/ Wednesdays, the third Tuesday of every month (open if Tuesday falls on a public holiday, closed the following day, open during long school holidays), December 29 to January 3* closed on other irregular days
Fees/ 【Exhibition room】Adults: 600 yen, high school students 350 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 250 yen, 【Planetarium】Adults: 600 yen, high school students 350 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 250 yen, 【Set ticket (exhibition room and planetarium)】Adults: 1,000 yen, high school students 600 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 400 yen<
Parking/ 125 vehicles
Access/ A 5 minute walk from “Nishikigaoka 7 chome-kita / Tenmondai Iriguchi” bus stop on the city bus
*External link
*Only available in Japanese

Sendai Literature Museum
2-7-1 Kitane, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-271-3020
Open/ 9:00~17:00(last entry 16:30)
Closed/ Mondays, days after public holidays, the fourth Thursday of every month from January to November (open if a public holiday), December 28 to January 4.
Fees/ Adults: 460 yen, high school students: 230 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 110 yen
Parking/ 40 vehicles
Access/ A 5 minute walk from ‘Kitane 2 chome/Literature Museum’ bus stop on the city bus
*External link
*Only available in Japanese

Sendai City Museum of History and Folklore
1-3-7 Gorin, Miyagino-ku, Sendai (within Tsutsujigaoka Park)
TEL/ 022-295-3956
Open/ 9:00~16:45(last entry 16:15)
Closed/ Mondays, days following a public holiday, the fourth Thursday of every month (open in December depending on the holidays), December 28 to January 4* closed on other irregular days
Fees/ Adults and university students: 240 yen, high school students: 180 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 120 yen
Parking/ 50 vehicles (fees apply)
Access/ A 7 minute walk from Tsutsujigaoka Station on the JR Senseki Line
*External link

Sendai City Tomizawa Site Museum, (Chitei-no-Mori Museum- Underground Forest Museum)
4-3-1 Nagamachi Minami, Taihaku-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-246-9153
Open/ 9:00~16:45 (last entry 16:15)
Closed/ Mondays (except on public holidays), Days following public holidays (open if the public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday), he fourth Thursday every month from January to November (open if a public holiday), December 28 to January 4
Fees/ Adults: 460 yen, high school students: 230 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 110 yen
Parking/ 25 vehicles
Access/ A 6 minute walk from Nagamachi Station on the Namboku Subway Line
*External link

Kamei Art Museum
1-1-23 Itsutsubashi, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-264-6543
Open/ 10:00~17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Closed/ Mondays (open if Monday is a public holiday), between December 28 to January 4.
Fees/ 300 yen, No charge for over seniors over 65 and children (high school students and under)
Parking/ none
Access/ A 5 minute walk from Itsutsubashi Station on the Subway Namboku Line
*External link
*Only available in Japanese