Public Transportation

Campus Shuttle Service

Campus Shuttle Service is a free shuttle bus service for Tohoku University students and staff. They can take the bus to school or to home, and from one campus to another for lectures, student activities, etc. Tohoku University Cumpus Bus runs between our campuses. There is also Aobayama Shuttle Bus, departing from Aobayama Station and stopping at points around Aobayama Campus.

Attention: staff members are prohibited from commuting by Campus Shuttle Service.

Commuting Guide

The first thing to consider in terms of having a safe student life is how you will commute to the university. We recommend you use of the subway lines for a safer, more pleasant commute.
Commuting Guide

Public Transport (Train, Subway and Bus)

There are several public transport services in Sendai. If you often need to travel along the same route, commuter passes and multiple tickets are economical. Some transportation facilities offer students a discount. Please contact each transport facility for the details.

Train

  • JR East (East Japan Railway) (Shinkansen, Tohoku Line, Senseki Line, Senzan Line, etc.)
  • Sendai Airport Transit(Between Sendai Station and Sendai Airport)
  • Namboku (North to South) Line (Sendai City Transport Bureau)
  • Tozai (East to West) Line (Sendai City Transport Bureau)

Bus

How to get on buses in Sendai (Sendai Commuter’s Guide)

Airlines

Domestic flights make round trips to major cities in Japan.
Sendai Airport
Tickets can usually be purchased up to two months in advance. Reservations can be made by phone or on the Internet. You can also purchase tickets at travel agencies. The following is contact information for major domestic carriers operating at Sendai airport.

All Nippon Airways (ANA)0570-029-709https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/
Japan Air Lines (JAL)0570-025-071https://www.jal.co.jp/jp/en/
IBEX Airlines0120-686-009https://www.ibexair.co.jp/en/
Skymark Airlines0570-039-283http://www.skymark.co.jp/en/
Peach Aviation0570-001-292https://www.flypeach.com/en
AIR DO0120-057-333https://www.airdo.jp/en/

Taxis

You can find designated taxi stands at train stations and public facilities. You can also hail one from the street. The passenger door opens and closes automatically. Alternatively, you can call a taxi company and request to be picked up.
Most drivers do not speak foreign languages, so we recommend that you hand the driver your destination in Japanese or point out your destination on a map. Fares vary from city to city and according to the size of the cab. You will be subject to a surcharge at night and in the early morning. The fare is calculated by both distance and time. Tipping is not customary.
The following are calculation charts and estimated taxi fares in Sendai. Please be advised that all information is subject to change and is for your reference only.

An estimate of taxi fares in Miyagi

Sendai
Standard-sized cabDistance-based FareFirst 1,500m680 yen
Every 279m afterwards80 yen
Distance / Time Fare80 yen for 105 seconds
Areas other than Sendai
Standard-sized cabDistance-based FareFirst 1,200m680 yen
Every 279m afterwards90 yen
Distance / Time Fare90 yen for 110 seconds

IC Card and Commuter Pass

IC Card (icsca)

With the IC card “icsca”, you can use the bus and subway systems smoothly. Add funds and use it to travel around Sendai. When buying a new icsca card, you must pay a deposit of JPY 500. This deposit can be refunded if you no longer need your icsca card and return it. Registered icsca cards can be used as bus commuter passes, subway-bus commuter passes, or the Gakuto Sendai Free Pass.

Where to buy

In addition to ticket vending machines at subway stations, you can buy them on buses, at bus stations, and at some Miyagi Co-op stores. Cards sold on buses and at Miyagi Co-op stores are unregistered icsca cards (JPY 2,000). Click here for the details.

Where to add funds

You can add funds to your card at subway station ticket machines, bus stations, some Miyagi Co-op stores, and on buses. Please let your bus driver know, when you would like to add funds on a bus.

Point Service

If you pay your bus or subway fare with icsca card, you will get basic points or transfer points depends of your use. You can redeem the points for the fares.
Basic Points: You earn the basic points depends on how often you take the bus and fare amounts during a month.
Transfer Points: If you transfer between the subway and bus within a 60 minute period, you get the transfer points.

Compatibility with other transportation IC cards

Not only icsca, you can also use other pre-paid transportation cards when you take bus, subway and Sendai Airport Transit.
Acceptable cards: Suica, PASMO, Kitaca, TOICA, manaca, ICOCA, PiTaPa, SUGOCA, nimoca and Hayakaken

Commuter Pass

For trains, buses, and the subway system, there are two kinds of commuter pass available: the student commuter pass and the regular commuter pass. (Depending on how often you use it, coupon tickets may be more economical than the commuter pass.) International students are eligible for student commuter passes. In the case of JR student commuter passes, however, please note that they are NOT available to research students, special research students, special auditing students, and credited auditors. In order to purchase the student commuter pass, you need to have a Student Commuter Certificate(Tsugaku Shomeisho). For details, please refer to the website of each transportation facility.

How to purchase the Pass (first time)

  1. Request a Student Commuter Certificate(Tsugaku Shomeisho) at the university
    For third-year undergraduates and above: contact your department’s Educational Affairs Section
    For first- and second-year undergraduate students: go to service window No.4, Education and Student Support Center, Kawauchi-Kita Campus
    Non-regular students(research students, special research students, special auditing students): contact the Registrar at your faculty
  2. At a designated ticket office, show the Certificate and purchase the Pass
    (You can purchase the Pass up to 7 days prior to your desired date of use)

Discount Fare for Students

Student Discounts for Bus and Subway

The “Gakuto Sendai City Bus/Subway Free Pass,” is applicable for all students. These passes are for students who go to university by bus, subway, or by bus and subway. The passes are available for non-regular students. Pass types are as follows.

New price as of Oct. 1, 2019

Adult
(junior high school and older)
Type1-month3-month6-month
City Bus Free PassCity Bus Only5,970 yen17,910 yen35,820 yen
Subway Free PassNanboku Line6,990 yen20,970 yen41,940 yen
Tozai Line6,990 yen20,970 yen41,940 yen
Nanboku Line and
Tozai Line
8,390 yen25,170 yen50,340 yen
City Bus and Subway
Free Pass
City Bus and Nanboku Line11,140 yen33,420 yen66,840 yen
City Bus and Tozai Line11,140 yen33,420 yen66,840 yen
City Bus, Nanboku Line,
and Tozai Line
12,330 yen36,990 yen73,980 yen

Note: These passes cannot be used in “Loople Sendai”, “Miyagi Shuttle Bus to Rakuten Seimei Stadium”, and “Miyagi Kotsu Bus”.

How to purchase the Pass (first time)
  1. Request a Student Commuter Certificate(Tsugaku Shomeisho) at the university
    For third-year undergraduates and above: contact the Registrar at your faculty
    For first- and second-year undergraduate students: go to service window No.4, Education and Student Support Center, Kawauchi-Kita Campus
    Non-regular students(research students, special research students, special auditing students): contact the Registrar at your faculty
  2. At a designated ticket office, submit the Certificate and a completed icsca school commuter pass application form (icsca Tsugaku Teikiken Konyu Moshikomisho).
    (You can purchase the Pass up to 7 days prior to your desired date of use)
How to purchase the Pass (for continued pass)
  1. At a designated ticket office, show your pass in use and Student ID card.
    (You can purchase the Pass up to 14 days prior to the expiration date of your pass.)
    Presentation of a Student Commuter Certificate(Tsugaku Shomeisho) is required once a school year for the first purchase.

An icsca school commuter pass application form (icsca Tsugaku Teikiken Konyu Moshikomisho) is available at a designated ticket office. You can also download it from here (Sendai City Transportation Bureau Website)(Japanese only).If you download and fill out the form in advance, your application will go more smoothly.

The following are designated ticket offices:
  1. Ticket offices at Izumi-chuo Station, Kotodai-koen Station, Sendai Station, Nagamachi-minami Station, Yagiyama-dobutsu-koen Station, Yakushido Station, Arai Station, Asahigaoka Bus Terminal and Transportation Bureau.
  2. Bus offices at Kasuminome, Sanezawa, Higashi-Sendai and Shirasawa.

JR Special Rate for Students

JR offers undergraduate and graduate students a 20% discount for one-way travel of 100 km or longer, if you present a student certificate issued by the University. The student certificates for purchasing such discount tickets are limited to 20 per year and can be issued by a certificate vending machine using a student ID card.

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