What to Expect
By visiting famous sightseeing spots, you can feel the essence of Japanese history, especially samurai era.
Sendai Castle was built in 1600 by Date Masamune. He was the founder of Sendai City, and one of the most popular samurai in Japanese history.
Masamune built Sendai Castle as a huge and beautiful castle, with a perfect defensive system.
You can learn how Japanese castles were built.
Though the original buildings were destroyed during Meiji Restoration(1868) and World War Ⅱ(1945), there are still some structures that tell you the history.
Zuihoden is the mausoleum of Date Masamune. It was built in 1637 by Masamune's son, Tadamune.
The building is beautifully decorated with gold leaf, Japanese lacquer, and exquisite sculptures.
Although the original building was burnt down by an air raid in 1945, it was restored in 1979.
Osaki Hachimangu Shrine was built in 1607. This is also the legacy of Date Masamune.
It is one of the most gorgeous shrines in Tohoku(north-eastern Japan) region, and designated as a national treasure.
Osaki Hachimangu enshrines the deity of victory. Many people wising for success visit this shrine, including professional sports players.
If you are interested in Japanese shrines, this is a perfect spot.
In Spring, I recommend some parks in central Sendai for cherry blossom viewing.
Nishi Koen Park and Tsutsujigaoka Koen Park are visited by many locals.