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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. Make Zuihōden a part of your Sendai vacation plans using our Sendai travel route app .
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  • September 22, 2017
    Fantastic cultural experience and well worth the effort of climbing to the top. Beautiful gardens and the small museum with the forensic re-construction exhibits very interesting.  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    Was a shrine of date Masamune. Quite a steep climb from the parking, and even climb stairs. Admission fee @ 550 -, I was quite impressed.
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  • September 20, 2017
    There is a whole new feeling, once burnt so do not. Although not reproduced faithfully. Just color is so gorgeous, and not feel old. Click here to go to the looping that would go in Sendai (bus).
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  • June 21, 2017
    One of the landmarks in Sendai. As the resting place of Date Masamume, founder of Sendai, this mausoleum is very pretty. The surrounding area is full of greenery, perfect for a small walk.
  • July 1, 2017
    The grave site of Date Masamune, the first feudal lord of Sendai. There are also grave site of the successor lord after Date Masamune. The design of the monument is also good to watch.
  • January 9, 2017
    Very nice place. Actually got to see a ceremony being performed there. Must see if you are in Sendai
  • November 3, 2016
    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.
  • November 4, 2016
    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.

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