Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Sendai

Zuihō-den Mausoleum

The mausoleum of Date Masamune sits majestically atop the summit of a tree-covered hill by the Hirose-gawa. Built in 1637 but destroyed by Allied bombing during WWII, the current building, completed in 1979, is an e…
Buddhist Temple in Matsushima

Zuigan-ji

Tōhoku’s finest Zen temple, Zuigan-ji was established in AD 828. The present buildings were constructed in 1606 by Date Masamune to serve as a family temple. Zuigan-ji is undergoing a major restoration that will tak…
Museum in Ishinomaki

Ishinomori Mangattan Museum

This popular manga (Japanese comics) museum's other-worldly spaceship structure survived the tsunami largely intact, while the collection has since been restored and rejuvenated. The work of influential manga-ka (ca…
Buddhist Temple in Matsushima

Godai-dō

Date Masamune constructed this small wooden temple in 1604. Although it stands on an island in the bay, connected to the mainland by a short bridge, it was miraculously untouched by the 2011 tsunami. The temple door…
Park in Ishinomaki

Hiyori-yama Kōen

In the hills above Ishinomaki, 56m above sea level, this beautiful park stands on the site of the former Ishinomaki castle. Offering sweeping views over the city, it's a wonderful spot to relax. On a more sombre not…
Castle in Sendai

Sendai Castle Ruins

Built on Aoba-yama in 1602 by Date Masamune and destroyed during Allied bombing, Sendai-jō still looms large over the city. Giant moss-covered walls, as imposing as they are impressive, are still intact and the grou…
Island in Matsushima

Fuku-ura-jima

You can't miss the 252m-long red wooden bridge connecting Fuku-ura-jima to the mainland. The shady trails here, which wind along the coast through native pines and a botanic garden, make for a pleasant hour-long str…
Library in Sendai

Sendai Mediatheque

Housed in an award-winning structure designed by Japanese architect Itō Toyō, this cultural hub includes a library, art galleries and event space. Check the website to see if anything is going on when you're in town…
Notable Building in Matsushima

Kanran-tei

This pavilion was presented to the Date family by the daimyō (domain lord) Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the late 16th century. It served as a genteel venue for tea ceremonies and moon-viewing parties – the name means ‘a pl…
Museum in Ishinomaki

Miyagi Sant Juan Bautista Museum

A full-scale replica of the Portuguese ship that was wrecked here in 1613 can be viewed (though visitors can't currently go on board due to deterioration of the ship), alongside an excellent museum with English sign…