Zuihoden is the mausoleum of Masamune Date, the founder of modern Sendai. The mausoleum was built in accordance with his will when he passed away in 1636 at the age of 69.
The mausoleum features the gorgeous artistic style of the Azuchi-Momoyama periodwhich flourished between the late 16th and early 17th centuries. With motifs of plants and butterflies, the elaborate decorations were heavily influenced by foreign art.
Long recognised for its impressive representation of the traditional architecture of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, Zuihoden was designated a national treasure in 1931. It was destroyed during the Pacific War and the existing building was reconstructed in 1979.
The surrounding grove of cedar trees gives the grounds a sacred atmosphere. The site is also home to Kansenden and Zennoden, the mausoleums of the 2nd and 3rd generation descendants of Masamune Date.
The on-site museum presents a video on the excavations during reconstruction, displays of precious documents of the three Date lords along with an introduction to the history of Sendai.
The gift shop offers some exclusive regional products.
Zuihoden is conveniently reached by the local sightseeing bus “Loople Sendai” that travels around the city centre of Sendai.
Please note that walking routes include steps and steep slopes due to the hilly nature of the location.