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Zuihōden, Sendai

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Join the crowds paying their respects at Zuihōden, the mausoleum of the city's founder and his ancestors. During your visit to the city, you'll hear the name Date Masamune--the feudal samurai lord much revered for founding the city--so a trip to this hilltop mausoleum and museum helps in understanding what the lord achieved and why he has come to be held in such high esteem. The main buildings of the mausoleum complex date from 1637; after destruction by Allied bombing during World War II, they were rebuilt in 1979 in their original ornamental Momoyama style. By using our Sendai holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Zuihōden and other attractions in Sendai.
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  • We took a cab from the Sendai (Aoba) Castle site to the Zuiho-ji Temple for JPY1,070. It took about 15 minutes through the city streets. The original Zuiho-den Mausoleum was completed in 1637, one yea...  more »
  • The 松島1 day tour is fantastic which you cannot miss. Veey beautiful scenery there with lots of restaurants too.  more »
  • A wonderful place to visit, well worth it if you have the time. We took the loople bus directly to the site (¥620 for a day pass) There is a climb up the hill to the top which is quite steep but is be...  more »
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  • Very nice place. Actually got to see a ceremony being performed there. Must see if you are in Sendai
  • Beautiful temple with free English speaking guides, very nice people who are a joy to talk to. Highly recommend asking for a guide and seeing the mausoleum with their perspective. They did a great job restoring what was destroyed in ww2.
  • A short, steep walk from a stop on the Loople tourist bus, you'll find Zuihoden, the mausoleum for the samurai family belonging to Date Masamune, the founder of Sendai. The surrounding area is flush with a lovely old forest featuring trees older than some first-world countries. If you're a fan of architecture, the buildings within the main area will probably be more interesting and display colorfully painted intricate carvings prominently. For just 550 yen for adults, 400 yen for students (high school or younger) you can tour the grounds at your own pace and explore the small museum. Most of the artifacts inside relate very limited English, but still can be enjoyed easily as many of them are beautiful beyond easy description. If you're planning a trip, go early as the PLACE is only open from 9AM to 4:30PM from February to November, closing half an hour earlier the other two months of the year. Also, wear good walking shoes. The up-hill jaunt is a bit of a workout if you're not used to climbing up inclines.
  • Certainly one of or even the most famous sightseeing spots in Sendai. The painted wooden structures are an amazing sight. There is a small forest path around the second mausoleum.
  • Really nice place to visit if you come to Sendai !