Everyday (except Sundays and Mondays)
Sendai City – Tohoku’s capital located just 90 mins from Tokyo – is a mecca for lovers of great food and drink! With a rich and diverse food culture influenced by its founding samurai fathers, the Date family, and both ocean and mountains at its doorstep, the city is full of incredible restaurants serving up delectable local dishes made with the freshest ingredients, and plenty of locally produced sake, wine, craft beer and whiskey to wash it down with! You don’t have to travel miles around town to find the best-of-the-best – all of this comes together in one lively neighbourhood in the centre of the downtown area – Kokubuncho!!
Spend the evening dining and drinking like a local at some of the city’s best restaurants and bars! Choose from two varieties of Japanese cuisine – premium washoku & sake pairing or wagyu shabu-shabu – and indulge in an exclusive course menu designed by the chefs to showcase the regionality of each restaurant. Each course includes a generous beverage menu featuring the best local drops to pair with each tasty dish!
The real fun begins after dinner!
You don’t just come to Kokubuncho to eat – you come to really let your hair down! Choose your own adventure between a night of dancing and reminiscing at ‘Kentos Livehouse’ golden-oldies live performance bar, or escape to the colourful oasis of ‘Lala Too’ and chat, sing and laugh your head off with the beautiful, charismatic team of ‘new-half’ performers!
Wherever the evening takes you, it’s bound to be unforgettable journey discovering the true heart of Sendai City!
Meet your guide at the entrance to Kokubuncho.
Head into the bustling neighbourhood of Kokubuncho – Sendai’s biggest and busiest nightlife district!
Learn a little more about the history of the area and Sendai’s rich food culture before heading to your first stop.
After working up an appetite, it’s time to start the feasting!
Your first stop will be an exclusively created menu of local delicacies at your choice of one of these two foodie favourites:
‘KANNOKI’ – washoku & premium sake pairing
If you’re a lover of Japanese sake, you’ll want to stay at Kannoki all night! Owner Tamagawa-san is somewhat of a legend in the local Miyagi sake team, working together with many of the Toji from breweries across the prefecture and serving up the best of their produce at his tiny counter-bar restaurant. The traditional kaiseki menu is mind-blowing in and of itself (particularly the Kannoki’s signature dish – uni pudding!) but the ‘magic’ is in Tamagawa-san’s choice of sake to pair with each course. When we say ‘magic’, we mean MAGIC! Without giving too much away, be prepared to learn how to change the flavour of sake with only a muddler…!
‘BONTENMARU’ – Sendai Wagyu Beef Shabu-Shabu / Sukiyaki
The ultimate luxury for meat lovers – ‘Bontenmaru’ has put together a full-course menu packed with Miyagi delicacies, including an extravagant plate of A5 Sendai Wagyu Beef and Miyagi Japan X brand premium pork to be enjoyed as either ‘Shabu-Shabu’ or Sukiyaki. Save some room for the incredible all-you-can-drink menu of local beer, whisky and sake!
Eat and drink like a local for a leisurely 120 mins!
With your stomach satisfied, it’s time to treat your eyes, ears and dancing shoes!
Choose from one of two exciting live entertainment venues in Kokunbuncho:
‘LALA TOO’ – ‘New-half’ Show & Talk
Walking down the stairs into ‘Lala Too’ is like entering another world – a world of colour, feathers and so.much.glitter!! But the glitter and sequins are dull compared to the shining personalities of the Lala Too performers! These incredibly beautiful ladies and men are the stars of Sendai’s ‘New-half’ (transgender) community. Enjoy a charming chat before sitting back to enjoy a 40 min live performance showcasing the amazing talents of the crew! After the grand finale you’ll have a chance to join them on stage for a colourful photo op.
‘KENTOS LIVEHOUSE’ – Golden Oldies Live Performance
Take a trip back in time to the golden-oldies!! Every night the Kentos live-band perform to their adoring fans, taking requests from their impressive repertoire of classics from the 50s, 60s, and 70s! Sit back and enjoy the show, but we’ll bet the infectious charm of the band will have you up on your feet and dancing the night away!
** Live entertainment can be swapped out for a premium cocktail Bar RobRoy upon request. **
The tour will wrap-up after your last drink at either Lala Too or Kentos.
Make your way back to your lodging to rest up for tomorrow’s adventures or venture further into Kokubuncho to see what other hidden gems you can uncover!