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Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

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Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

Hi,

I just wondered if I would be missing much as far as scenery goes by travelling overnight from Sendai to Tokyo?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

Interesting question! Hope someone has the experience and shares it. I am thinkink of visitin Sendai the next stay in Japan....

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2. Re: Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

The Tohoku Shinkansen has a jaunt, the Yamagata Shinkansen, at Fukushima, south of Sendai. The Yamagata Shinkansen is very scenic imho.

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3. Re: Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

If you take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Sendai you spend a fair amount of time in tunnels. There are some pretty spots along the way but you wont be missing anything that you can't see elsewhere (farms, industry trees, etc.) It's not an unpleasant trip but it's not remarkable like the trip from Tokyo to Osaka where you can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day.

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4. Re: Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

The shinkansen and local trains between Sendai and Tokyo are quite scenic (not super stunning like some other places I go, but worth looking at), but you get smilar scenery in other parts of the Kanto plain area. I have had feedback from guests that they like the contrast between the leg within Tokyo out to Omiya and then up to Utsunomia (for day-trips to Nikko) or across to Sendai.

I find the scenery in that area better than something like the Tokaido shinkansen route (also with tunnels), and quite enjoyed a trip I had last year between Sendai and Fukushima on one of the local trains because it did cover a different route to the shinkansen.

Depends a bit on what other legs you are doing on your trip.

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5. Re: Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

The Tohoku Shinkansen (as much as the Tokaido Shinjansen) go through sound barriers in the cities and through tunnels in the countryside. There are a few nice parts along the way, but it is not a very nice countryside view ride like the Tohoku Line (or the conventional tracks; I particularly like from Kuroiso and Shirakawa northward as the scenery clearly changes to that of open and wide Tohoku Region).

As mentioned above, Yamagata and Akita Shinkansen run through very nice scenery as they are just former conventional lines with widened track gauge to allow direct trains onto high-speed Tohoku Shinkansen. Yamagata Shinkansen is an old curvy Ou Line reuse which goes through the Itaya Pass along river gorges. A documentary of the Itaya Pass: https://youtu.be/fGoc_FB0cYA

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6. Re: Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

Senzan Line between Sendai and Yamagata is quite nice going through the mountain range around Sakunami to Yamadera via Omoshiroyama Kogen.

https://youtu.be/3OQg_rfdO1w

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7. Re: Is the journey from Sendai to Tokyo scenic?

Have to admit I would not classify Sendai to Tokyo as "scenic".

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