Individual towns have tourist offices that provide local information. The largest and most helpful tourist center, which provides multilingual information on all of Tohoku, is at JR Sendai Station. Within Tokyo, each prefecture has an information center with English brochures and maps. In summer the local Japan Travel Bureau can make arrangements for scenic tours by train, bus, or even taxi. The offices in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Sendai arrange tours, some in English.
Japan Travel Bureau Sendai. Major travel agent JTB offers a variety of tours throughout Tohoku. Higashi 2-Ban Cho Sq. 1F, Ichiban-chō 4–1–25, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken, 980-0811. 022/221–4422. Daily 10:30–6:30.
Sendai International Center Koryu Corner (仙台国際センター交流コーナー). 仙台国際センター交流コーナー They have maps and leaflets for tourists, but the center's main focus is international exchange activities for local residents; it's worth tourists popping in if you're nearby, but don't go out of your way to visit. Aobayama Mubanchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken, 980-0856. 022/265–2471; www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/tic/sendai_intl.html. Open daily 9--8.