Directions to Astronomical Insitute Tohoku University

You will arrive either at Sendai Airport or Narita Airport. Then, follow the instruction below to reach JR (Japan Railway) Sendai Station (see 1a or 1b below). From JR Sendai station to Aoba-yama campus, take Sendai city subway Tozai-line (East-West 東西) bound for "Yagiyama Zoological Park (T01)" to "Aobayama (T02)" station (see 2 below). Campus map is in 3 and tourist information see 4 below.

1a: From Sendai Airport to JR Sendai Station

Sendai Airport Station is directly connected to Sendai Airport through an overpass. The arriving gate is on the first floor, you need go up to the second floor, and walk though the overpass to Sendai Airport Station. It costs 650 yens and takes 17 minutes for a rapid train or 25 minutes for a local train, from the airport to Sendai Station.

Insert money into a vending machine and touch the button 650 on the screen to buy a ticket. Should you need an English instruction (which is rarely the case), you may touch the English button available on the screen. You should press a button to open a door when you get on or off a train.

1b: From Narita Airport to JR Sendai Station

Narita Express takes about 60 minutes from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station. The regular fare is 2940 (+-200) yen. (It costs less if you purchase a JR ticket directly through Sendai than buying two separate tickets.) A rapid train is also available at a lower fare of 1280 yens. It takes about 84 minutes.

At Tokyo station take Tohoku Shinkansen superexpress line. Tohoku Shinkansen superexpress train connects Tokyo Station and Sendai Station. It costs about 10000 yen or more depending on the day and seat type (non-reserved, reserved, green-comfort). The travel time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes for a Hayabusa or a Hayate train, and 2 hours or more for a Yamabiko train. Avoid a Max Yamabiko (different from Yamabiko) unless you want to enjoy a double-decker train for ages.

A ticket can be either for a reserved seat or for a non-reserved seat. With a non-reserved ticket, you can take any non-reserved seat on any train any time while the ticket is valid. With a reserved ticket, you should take the specified seat on the specified train. However, should you miss the train, you can still get on a later train and take a non-reserved seat. No non-reserved seat is available on a Hayabusa or a Hayate.

The "JR EAST PASS" is available for non-Japanese travelers from abroad who are staying in Japan for a short time for the purpose of sightseeing. The cost of the pass for an adult is from 22000 yen for any 5 days within 14 days of issuance. With this rail pass, you can travel on all the JR East lines as many times as you like, including from Narita Airport to JR Tokyo Station and the Tohoku Shinkansen superexpress line. You can purchase the pass either from online of JR east pass web site , from your travel agent, or at JR EAST Travel Service Center at Narita Airport and Tokyo station.

You need to note with the "JR EAST PASS", you can not reserve a sheet and you can not use Narita Express and the fastest Shinkansen "Hayabusa" and "Hayate" which have only reserved seat. You can reserve a sheet either from online of JR east reservation site or at JR EAST Travel Service Center at Narita Airport, Tokyo station, and other stations.

2: Access from JR Sendai Station to Aoba-yama Campus

Once you arrive at the JR Sendai Station, follow the signs to the Sendai City Subway Tozai-line (東西線), and take a subway bound for "Yagiyama zoological park (T01)" to the "Aobayama (T02)" station. At the Aobayama station, take North-1 exit to the Aoba-yama campus. Turn left at the exit to the graduate school of science. English instructions to take the subway, see here .

3: Location of the Institute in Aoba-yama Campus

Astronomical Institute is in the building of the Science Complex C (5th floor, H-04 in the map below).

Campus Map


* Science Complex C is H-04 in the map. Click the map to open the PDF file.

4: Around Us

See the Tourist Information page of Sendai city ( here ) to find out sight seeing spots, restaurants, accommodations, hot springs, etc.

Sendai city museum ( web site ) is close to us. Currently a special exhivisions on Japanese Ukiyoe is availble, please check here .


Astronomical Institute, Tohoku University
Address 6-3, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8578, Japan
Phone +81-22-795-6512
FAX +81-22-795-6513
Chairperson: Prof. Masashi Chiba (
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