Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tohoku Solo Trip 2016 東北一人の旅 - Day 1 Itinerary: Sendai 仙台市

Conclusion. Embarked on my second visit to Tohoku, but this time doing it alone. Before departure, one colleague after hearing that I was going away on a solo trip made the comment that I will start to feel lonely by the third day or so. Did have some reservations and uncertainty then. At the end of this trip, I am glad that this loneliness did not set in at all. Despite some misses (which is indispensable with every trip), I am fortunate to have the company of beautiful surroundings and helpful people throughout this 13 day journey in Tohoku. 

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Day 1: 12.05.2016 (Thu) 

SIN T2 (0035 hrs) > NRT T1 (0845 hrs)
by NH 846

Exchanged for 14 days Japan Rail Pass at Narita Airport JR Service Center. 


Narita Airport Terminal 1 Keisei Station
NRT T1 (0958 hrs) > Ueno JR 上野駅 (1043 hrs)
by Keisei Skyliner [2,470 yen]
* Unfortunately, there was an electrical fault on Narita Express, which was also my first encounter of train related issue in Japan. Original plan was to board Narita Express to Tokyo JR Station and transfer to Tohoku Shinkansen from there. As there was no outlook on when Narita Express could resume operation, I hopped onto Keisei Skyliner (have to pay an additional fare since JR Pass could not be utilised) and alighted at Ueno JR Station to transfer to Tohoku Shinkansen instead. 

Purchased ticket for FruiTea Fukushima Train (フルーティアふくしま ) departing from Koriyama to Aizu Wakamatsu on 22.05.2016 (Sun) at Ueno JR Station View Plaza (びゅうプラザ). 

Ueno JR 上野駅 (1226 hrs) > Sendai 仙台駅 (1352 hrs)
by Hayabusa 19.

Purchased 1 day Loople Sendai Bus and Subway Pass. [900 yen]
http://www.sentabi.jp/loople/


Bus stop 16 for Loople Sendai Bus. 
Sendai Ekimae Bus Stop #16 (1420 hrs) > Zuihoden Mausoleum 瑞鳳殿 (1435 hrs)
by Loople Sendai Bus るーぶる仙台.



Visited Zuihoden Mausoleum 瑞鳳殿. [Discount with 1 day Pass: 550 yen > 450 yen]

Zuihoden Mausoleum 瑞鳳殿 (1535 hrs) > Site of Sendai Castle 仙台城跡 (1544 hrs)
by Loople Sendai Bus るーぶる仙台.



Visited Site of Sendai Castle 仙台城跡.
http://www.sendaijyo.com/

Site of Sendai Castle 仙台城跡 (1604 hrs) > Sendai Mediatheque (1635 hrs)
by Loople Sendai Bus るーぶる仙台.


Visited Jozenji dori Avenue 定禅寺通


Tea break: Ganesh Tea Room ガネッシュ ティールーム

Kotodai Koen 勾当台公園 > Sendai 仙台
by Sendai subway, via Nanboku line 南北線.



Visited AER 31st floor observatory.

Sendai 仙台 > Kotodai Koen 勾当台公園
by Sendai subway, via Nanboku line 南北線.



Dinner: Grilled cow tongue at Umami Tasuke 旨味太助

Kotodai Koen 勾当台公園 > Sendai 仙台
by Sendai subway, via Nanboku line 南北線.

Sendai JR 仙台駅 (2030 hrs) > Ichinoseki JR 一ノ関駅 (2101 hrs)
by Hayabusa 103.

Check in: Hotel Sunroute Ichinoseki ホテルサンルート一関

- End of Day 1 - 

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