Would you like to learn more about night spots in the Tohoku region of Japan? Kokubuncho, which is located in Sendai of Miyagi Prefecture, is the largest night spot in the Tohoku region. There are myriads of popular attractions, restaurants and hotels to keep you busy having fun late into the night.

About Kokubuncho

Being the largest night spot in all of Tohoku, Kokubuncho there are many things to see and do. It originally flourished as a center of commerce in Sendai Castle town during the Edo period. Now there are many places where you can enjoy beautiful night views. In addition, restaurants and hotels here are also popular.

Highlights of Kokubuncho

There are many attractive places in Kokubuncho. They are popular among Japanese tourists and are also recommended to foreign travelers. We will introduce two of those here.

Sunmall Ichibancho Shopping Arcade

There are two side streets here. At night, the area is brightly illuminated by the beautiful lanterns and lighting in the street. You can experience the nostalgic feeling of Japan at night. Since there are so many shops in this area, it's a great place for window shopping and picking up several souvenirs!

Spot Information

  • Spot name:  Sunmall Ichibancho Shopping Arcade
  • Address: Ichibancho, Aobaku, Sendai, Miyagi
  • Access: 1 minute walk from Aoba-dori Ichibancho Subway Station

Sendai Astronomical Observatory

Here you can admire the planetarium. The production is so real and beautiful that it will leave you wanting to reach out to the starry sky with your own hands. It's a perfect experience for couples too. Live performances are also held here.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Sendai Astronomical Observatory
  • Address: 9-29-32, Nishikigaoka, Aobaku, Sendai, Miyagi
  • Access: After getting off from JR Ayashi Station, it takes about 10 minutes by a bus heading to "Nishikigaoka"

Restaurants in Kokubuncho

Kokubuncho has plenty of restaurants. After having fun at the night spot, you would probably want to have dinner at a place with a beautiful night view. We will introduce some restaurants which have been reviewed as serving delicious menus and having great night view.


This is a Mexican restaurant with a long history in the local area. The night view from the window is beautiful. You can enjoy tacos and tortillas while listening to the live band performance and enjoy from their variety of drinks.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: PEPE GONZALES
  • Address: 3-1-3, Kokubuncho, Aobaku, Sendai, Miyagi
  • Access: About a 2-minute walk from Kotodai Koen Station

retro Backpage

This fancy restaurant is located on the 8th floor where you can enjoy a beautiful night view from the window. The restaurant's menu changes every month. You can enjoy a wine dinner here. The menu full of variety will for sure fulfill your satisfaction.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: retro Backpage
  • Address: 3-3-1, Kokubuncho, Aobaku, Sendai, Miyagi
  • Access: About a 2-minute walk from Kotodai Koen Subway Station

Hotels in Kokubuncho

There are many hotels where you can stay in Kokubuncho. It will be perfect to relax at a hotel after having fun at the night spots. Here we will recommend 3 of those ideal hotels.

Sendai Hotel Johzenji

Sendai Hotel Johzenji is a business hotel that faces the Sendai's symbolic Jozenji-dori Ave and Tohoku's best downtown Kokubuncho-dori Ave. It is in close proximity to the subway station and the central area. Therefore, it won't cause you any inconvenience regarding having meals and shopping. It is a popular hotel that offers reasonable prices with many repeat customers. Please note that the hotel's name has changed from "Sendai Rich hotel Kokubuncho" to "Sendai Hotel Johzenji".

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Sendai Hotel Johzenji
  • Address: 2-14-25, Kokubuncho, Aobaku, Sendai, Miyagi
  • Access: a 3-minute walk from Kotodai Koen Subway Station

Smile Hotel

This is a hotel close to the subway station. They use Simmons beds in their rooms. You can have a sound sleep and regain your energy by staying at this hotel. Buffet here has a good reputation of serving various delicious food.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Smile Hotel
  • Address: 4-3-22, Ichibancho, Aobaku, Sendai, Miyagi
  • Access: About a 2-minute walk from Hirose-dori Subway Station

Access to Kokubuncho from the airport

It takes about 3 hours going from Haneda Airport to Sendai Airport, then about 30 minutes going from Sendai Airport to Sendai Station by the Sendai Airport Access Line. It then takes 3 minutes to arrive at Kotodai Koen Station by taking the Sendai Subway Namboku Line heading for Izumi Chuo at Sendai Station.