The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Sendai Japan Founded 1600

Very nice city just north ease of Tokyo.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600

Sendai Japan Founded 1600

Sendai Japan Founded 1600, located northeast of Tokyo. My first impression was the city seemed a little bland & boring, it turned out I was totally wrong, the city has an exciting nightlife area called Kokubuncho. As you can see above elevated walkways spread out from the station to surrounding buildings.

Tokyo to Sendai on the Shinkansen.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600

Only one hour twenty minutes & very few passengers if you don’t travel in peak hour.

Lunch at the ANA Holiday Inn.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600Very good food & only a short walk from the station. 

ANA Holiday Inn

Sendai Japan Founded 1600

For an excellent room rate with free cancellation just book through THIS LINK.

Lots of modern glass skyscrapers.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600Quite a typical modern Japanese city.

Long covered shopping arcade

Sendai Japan Founded 1600These arcades are found in many Japanese cities. 

At night the action is in Kokubuncho

Sendai Japan Founded 1600  Nearly 3,000 restaurants and bars crowd within a fairly small area. People flood this area until very late each night, especially at weekends. 

Lots of restaurants large & small.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600The only problem is deciding where to eat. 🙂

Seafood is very popular all over Japan.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600Good sushi eaten in Japan is hard to beat.

Ostra de Ole is at the beginning Kokubuncho.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600Huge delicious oysters, follow THIS LINK for more photos.

Highly ranked Thai restaurant near my hotel.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600Called in on my way to the hotel for a couple of glasses of red wine.

The owner & his wife were very nice friendly people.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600Of course most people in Japan are. TripAdvisor have Ranked them # 319 of 5996 restaurants in Sendai.

The Hotel Hokke Club was my hotel in a very good location, 10 minutes walk from the station & 10 minutes to Kokubuncho. For an excellent room rate & free cancellation just book through THIS LINK.

Lucy & Glutton, a very good Italian restaurant

Sendai Japan Founded 1600It’s Ranked 690 out of 5996 restaurants in Sendai

A very good pasta dish at Lucy & Glutton.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600 Sendai Japan Founded 1600 has so many restaurant choices it will make your head spin. 🙂

The Koyo Grand Hotel.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600Very upmarket hotel, however book through THIS LINK for a heavily discounted room rate.

Farewell to Sendai, next stop Sapporo.

Sendai Japan Founded 1600Thanks for visiting my Sendai Japan Founded 1600 photo blog, what a surprise packet this city turned out to be.

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That’s all folks

1g Duck

Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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