Dōchū-an Youth Hostel

Hostel in Sendai

You'll need some resolve to find this former farmhouse, but it's worth it. Go to Taishidō Station (¥180, eight minutes from Sendai Station) on the JR Tōhoku line, from where it's a six-minute walk (get a map at the station). Trees surround the humble property, which has been cleverly designed to accommodate independent travellers on a budget. There's a fantastic cedar bath.