How to get to Hotel Taikanso, Matsushima, directly?
Matsushima is located approximately 320km (200miles) North of Tokyo on the Pacific coast of Honshu island. There are some 260 tiny islands (shima) covered in pines (matsu) and is ranked as one of the Three Views of Japan.
1) How to get to Sendai station?
First, you need to get to Sendai station. If you plan to come to Sendai by bullet train from Tokyo, please follow the steps listed in section 1-1). In case you plan to take a connecting flight to Sendai airport, please follow the steps in section 1-2).
1-1) Narita airport to Sendai station
Step 1) The first step is to get a train to Tokyo station. Public transportation is very convenient. Our recommendation is to take Narita Express (N'EX). It runs every 30 minutes and takes less than 1 hour to get to Tokyo station, regardless of traffic. You can find detailed information on the JR east webpage. Railway stations in Narita airport are located on the B1F level in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. It is very easy to find. If you want to have more information about Narita airport, please visit to this page. At Narita station, you can purchase your tickets from Narita to Sendai at the Green Ticket Offices. You should receive one ticket from Narita to Tokyo by N'EX, and one from Tokyo to Sendai by Shinkansen, which will cost about 13,300 Yen. In order to get the fastest trains available, you can request the Hayate or Hayabusa trains when you make your purchase.
Step 2) Be mindful, as you may encounter difficulty during the transit to bullet train at the Tokyo Station. The train arrives at platform #4 in B4 floor, and you need to go to platform #20-#23 in the ground level. It takes more than 10 minutes. The simplest advice to remember is to follow the Green signs to the Shinkansen Entrance; if you feel you are getting lost, simply show your tickets to any of the station staff nearby. You can download a very good map of Tokyo station at from here. You can find the platform #4 at the bottom of the map (arrival), and the platform #20-#23 at the upper right of the map. Time table from Tokyo to Sendai is here.
Step 3) After you board the Shinkansen, you can relax, but don't forget to get off the train at Sendai station, since it will not be the end of the line. The Sendai station stop will be announced in English a minute or so before arriving. It takes about 95min by the fastest trains. If the color of your train is green, you got lucky, because that means your train is brand-new (all Hayabusa and some Hayate). Shinansen trains arrive at 4th floor in Sendai sataion.
1-2) About Sendai airport to Sendai station
Flights between Narita airport and Sendai airport are not very frequent. But, if you have a connecting flight ticket to Sendai airport, it is very easy to get to Sendai station. There is a Sendai Airport Transit Train which stops at a station inside the airport. The arrival gate is located at the ground floor, and the station in the airport is located at the second floor. Just follow the sign to the station. It costs 630 Yen from the airport to the Sendai station (the final destination of the train). Detailed information about the train is here.
2) How to get to Hotel Taikanso, Matsushima, from Sendai station?
When you arrive at the Shinkansen platform in Sendai station, you must use the "center stairs" to change to a local train. Follow the sign to platfrom #9 and #10 to transfer to a local train (Senseki line). Don't get out from the station. In case that you come from Sendai airport, you just follow the sign to platform #9 and #10 to transfer to a local train (Senseki line). The platform is located on an underground floor, and it takes 5-10 minutes to walk there from the central area of the station. You can download a very good map of Sendai station from here. Platform #9 and #10 are located at the right in the bottom of the map, and Shinkansen platforms (#11-14) are located at the left in the upper part of the map. From Matsushima-Kaigan station to Hotel Taikanso, you can take a shuttle bus provided by Hotel Taikanso. On July 16 and July 17, the bus leaves at: 8:40, 9:10, 9:40, 10:10, 10:40, 11:10, 11:40, 12:40, 13:40, 14:40, 15:10, 15:40, 16:10, 16:40, 17:10, 17:40, 18:05, 18:33, 19:03, 19:40, and 20:03. To catch the last bus (20:03), you should take the train deperting at 19:23 from the Sendai station. If you arrive at the Matsushima-Kaigan station after 20:03, you had better take a taxi to the hotel. It might be possible to walk to the hotel (15 minutes walk), but we do not recommend because there is a steep slope to the hotel.
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