With a population of one million—the largest in the Tohoku region—Sendai is bustling with business, shopping, and nightlife. More than just a busy metropolis, in this sprawling “City of Trees,” you can also hike, ski, and camp all without leaving the city. The city’s outskirts are home to two hot spring areas with long histories: Akiu Onsen and Sakunami Onsen. The greater Sendai area includes Sendai Airport, a major ferry terminal, and the major bus and train hub of Sendai Station, making Sendai a prime base from which to explore northeastern Japan. Though the ample transportation options make it easy to venture even as far as Hokkaido on a day trip, Sendai’s enticing blend of nightlife, shopping, gastronomic delights, and nature will have you wanting to explore the metropolis itself, too.