Zuihoden is a spiritual house located in Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It was built in 1637 and dedicated to Date Masamune, a famous daimyo of the Ou area during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The entire house was built in an extravagant manner, and was designated as a national treasure of Japan in 1931, as it shows the prestige and grandeur of Date Masamune and the architectural and cultural characteristics of the Momoyama period.
In accordance with the wishes of Date Masamune, his son Date Tadamune buried him and built Seoho-den at Keigamine in Sendai; however, due to the Pacific War, Seoho-den was burned down during an air raid in 1945; reconstruction was started in 1979, and the bones of Date Masamune, his burial goods, and a large amount of valuable materials were discovered during an excavation survey before reconstruction began in 1974.
The reconstructed Seoho-den is composed of the main hall, the hall of worship, the Nirvana Gate, the Imperial Hall, the Museum, the Hall of Sensen of the second generation of Tadamune and the Hall of Seongyo of the third generation of Netsukune, etc. The garden is lush with cedar trees, quiet and serene.
How to get there
(1) From Sendai Station, take a 10-minute taxi ride or a 15-minute loop bus ride to Zuihouden-mae and walk about 7 minutes. If using a local bus, take Sendai Station West Exit Bus Pool (11), Miyagi Kotsu Bus (12) (15 mins), get off at Reiyabashi Zuihoden Iriguchi and walk about 10 mins.
(2)15 min drive from Sendai-Miyagi IC on Tohoku Expressway.
Opening hours: 1 Feb-30 Nov: 9:00-16:50 (last admission by 16:30) 1 Dec-31 Jan: 9:00-16:20 (last admission by 16:00)
Closed: 31 Dec.