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Sendai Mediatheque

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Address: 2-1 Kasugamachi Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0821, Miyagi Prefecture
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+81 22-713-3171
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:00

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A great art space

This facility is a lovely place to relax and meet friends and enjoy diverse art installations. I really enjoyed the range of great gifts that were available in the gift shop and... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Not sure why this is a listed attraction, it's a library that's mostly glass. It's out of the way and not overly appealing to look at. Redeeming quality, some cool stuff in the gift shop.

Thank JTinVan
Sendai, Japan
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

In terms of architecture, no doubt it is the destination to go in Sendai. Designed by architect Toyo Ito, it has beautiful views of the city from its interior and, from outside, the trees from Jozenjidori reflected on the glass are just astonishing. Also good library for locals! A must-see in the city!

Thank leandroinaweb
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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114 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

A building to commemorate the 3.11 earthquake in 2011. Worth a visit if you aren't doing much. A nice cafe within you can relax and absorb the atmosphere. It's also a public library! Opened on 2011 May 3rd to commemorate the impact. The designer Toyo Ito also won Best Building Asia in 2002 for its design. The building was official... More 

Thank MinaLim_KUL
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132 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

This facility is a lovely place to relax and meet friends and enjoy diverse art installations. I really enjoyed the range of great gifts that were available in the gift shop and having some tea at the pleasant coffee shop. If I lived in Sendai it would quickly become a favorite hang out spot for me.

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59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2015

A very modern building with interseting displays on the recent earthquake which included comparisons with WWII damage.

Thank Ocassi0nal_Traveller
Brisbane, Australia
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288 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2015

Noted for its appealing architecture and clearly a popular centre for locals as well as visitors. Provides an excellent venue for exhibitions. Small store in the foyer offers quality local artisan products as souvenirs and a café with reasonable expresso coffee.

Thank Peter_Wello
New Delhi, India
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2015

this is a world award winning building with a library and a media zone I participated with the World Conference on DRR in March 2015 the building is almost pillar less and provides great space for visitor and propagates interactions

Thank DipankarPatnaik
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273 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

I was here during the Future From Fukashima exhibit as part of the UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The thing is I wasn't even going to view this exhibit and just by dumb luck I was awaiting a bus outside and decided to go inside. I was so lucky I did as I got to see the Japanese Minister... More 

Thank Dale T
Sendai, Japan
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2014

This is one of my favorite attractions in Sendai. Designed by Toyo Ito, a famous Japanese architect, this big "glass box" building is like a living room for the cities inhabitants. Not just students come here, but you can meet all kinds of people here that come to study, visit the library or just sosialise with a delicious cup of... More 

Thank AkKobayashi
Denver, Colorado
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014

The architecture of this building has won some world awards and I was impressed with the building, but other than that it didn't seem too spectacular when I went. Two of the floors were closed. The first floor was being used by some big art school giving presentations. And other floors had students studying or business men meeting. For visitors,... More 

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