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Sendai Station (ä»å°é§
Sendai eki) is the major railway hub of the TÅhoku region in Japan, serving more passengers than any station
outside the Greater Tokyo Area. It is a stop for
and TÅhoku Shinkansen trains, the eastern
terminus for the Senzan
Line, and major stop on both the TÅhoku Main
Line and Senseki
Line. It is located on the border between Miyagino and Aoba Wards in
Senseki Line underground platforms
Although the main JR train station and the subway station are
physically separate, there are underground passageways connecting
the two. The main Sendai Station is above-ground, and is a hub for
the East Japan Railway Company
containing both the TÅhoku and Akita
Shinkansen lines and several other local lines. The
above-ground portion of Sendai Station lies in Aoba-ku, and is
situated so that tracks run roughly north-south. In the station's
easternmost section, underground and across the ward border in
Miyagino-ku, is the platform for the east-west Senseki Line. Until
recently, this platform was also above ground; but in 2000, the
line was extended to Aoba-dÅri to the west, and the line was
re-routed underground beneath the rest of the station.
The subway line lies to the west, and
can be accessed from the main station via underground passageways
at both ends of the station. The platform for the subway at Sendai
Station is actually closer to Aoba-dÅri Station than the other JR
lines in Sendai Station. In fact, there is a transfer-only gate
between the subway and Senseki Line platform at Aoba-dÅri
The area outside the west exit of Sendai Station is the
traditional center of activity around the station. This is because
the area is closer to the central business district of Sendai,
which initially developed around Sendai Castle.
The area is home to some of the largest department
stores in Sendai. The S-Pal department store and the Station
are directly connected to each other. A large elevated walkway outside the exit
provides access to other departments stores, such as the Loft
Department Store, Sakurano Department Store, the Jujiya Co. Sendai
Store, and EBeanS. EbeanS is home to Junkudo Sendai, the largest
bookstore in the Tohoku Region. The AER Building, a large office
building built through recent redevelopment, is also located in the
area and is home to various offices and stores, such as Maruzen,
another large bookstore.
The area around the Asaichi-dori street, next to EBeanS is known
as the Sendai Asaichi (Sendai morning Market), although stores are open all day long.
The Asaichi is home to a wide variety of small stores that mainly
sell Japanese foods.
The Sendai Metropolitan Hotel can be directly accessed via the
elevated walkway and is extremely convenient for visitors
unfamiliar with the area. The entrance to Sendai's largest shopping malls,
such as the Clis Road Shopping District and the Ichibancho Shopping
District, are located close to the exit of the elevated walkway,
and a bus exchange area and taxi pool can be found under the
The area outside the east exit of Sendai Station is the "new"
side of the station. It traditionally had a smaller concentration
of businesses compared to the west side. The fact that the area was
not damaged by World
War II bombing also delayed development in the area.
The municipal government decided to conduct redevelopment in the
area in 1960. The redevelopment project is still in progress, but
the area has already been largely renovated with a new bus exchange
area and taxi pool. The Yodobashi Camera Sendai Store, one of
the largest electronics retailers in Sendai, is located right
outside of the east exit. BiVi Sendai, a department store, is also
located close by. The east side of the station is also close to
many entertainment venues, such as Beeb Sendai, Sendai Sunplaza, and Zepp Sendai. Miyagi Baseball Stadium is also
within walking distance.
The station first opened on 15 December 1887.
Coordinates: 38Â°15â²37â³N 140Â°52â²55â³Eï»¿ / ï»¿38.26028Â°N