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“The Zuiho-den Mausoleum for Lord Daté Masamune (1567-1636)”
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Reviewed May 26, 2017

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 year after the death of Lord Daté Masamune. Many years later, because of its elaborate structure and decoration, the Japanese government designated it as a national treasure in 1931. However, it was completely destroyed in July 1945 by the US bombers at the very end of WW II. The current one was re-built in 1979 by the city government to the original specifications, including the decorating sculptures. Some repairs and design corrections were made in 2001.

Our taxi took us only to the front of the Zuiho-ji Temple from where we could see stone steps going up the hill where the Zuiho-den Mausoleum was. There were some canes made available at the lower end of the steps for those who need one. (You are expected to return it when you come back from the Mausoleum complex.)

The Zuiho-den Mausoleum is quite impressive to look at. The entire buildings, including the main gate are painted pitch black with Japanese lacquer (urushi) and many wooden carved decorations and gold-plated bronze metal ornaments are added. Since what you see here are 1979 re-construction, they are not original buildings. But, because they are relatively new, they can show us their original glory probably better than the burned down ones.

Mountain cherry blossoms were beautiful with the blue sky on the day we visited (April 12, 2017).

After visiting the Zuiho-den, we walked five extra minutes and visited by walking to the Kan’no-den and the Kansen-den Mausoleums for the two other lords of the Daté clan immediately after Masamune. The originals of these mausoleum were also lost in WWII and the current mausoleum buildings were re-constructed in 1985.

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"well worth the effort"
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Reviewed May 15, 2017 via mobile

The 松島1 day tour is fantastic which you cannot miss. Veey beautiful scenery there with lots of restaurants too.

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Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

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 beautifully surrounded by trees. There is a ¥550 charge to enter beside a nice wee gift shop. There are some interesting signs in English but we were so lucky to come across one of the guides, Taichi, who gave us a free tour for over 30 minutes. He spoke excellent English and really brought the story of the mausoleum and Date Masamune (the feudal war lord) to life. The buildings are colourful and beautiful and they have done very well to recreate much of what was lost in the damage caused by world war two.

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Reviewed February 18, 2017

For architecture lovers, history fans or simple admirers of beautiful things, the Zuihoden is a very nice place to visit in Sendai. The little slope you have to climb to access the mausoleums is worth the effort: the three mausoleums are simply stunning. Though you have to pay 500yens to access the Zuihoden one, there is a little museum next to it where you can learn lots of things concerning the site and the archeological findings done there before the rebuilding of the mausoleums, and some objects found in the tombs are exposed.
The place itself has a very quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

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Reviewed January 18, 2017

nice building with repainted color. looks beautiful. since the building is along the slope and they are very kind offering the stick for you to use especially for the oldies. we went there in winter time and beware to put on enough clothing. worth to take a walk there.

Thank Maggie C
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