Today, only the foundation stones and reconstructed side turret of this castle stand to give visitors a glimpse of the past, but when you stand in front of the statue of Date Masamune on horseback, you will be able to look out over the city with the same view as the mighty Masamune himself, who burned with the ambition to rule the entire nation.
Over 260 islands dot picturesque Matsushima Bay. Also worthy of note are Zuiganji Temple, the most magnificent Zen temple in Tohoku area and a designated National Treasure; and Matsushima Godaido Temple, the symbol of Matsushima.
Katakura Kojūro, chief vassal of the Date clan, entered Shiroishi Castle in 1602; the castle went on to become an important strategic point for the next 10 generations – roughly 260 years. The castle was dismantled in 1874 but rebuilt in 1995, making Shiroishi a castle town once more.
The Yamadera Temple (Risshakuji Temple) has become a center of faith as one of the most important sacred places in Tohoku. Climb the over 1,000 stone steps threading through groves of cedar trees on a hillside littered with curiously shaped boulders and enter a world of stillness and peace.
The temple’s principal image of Buddha, Jōgi Nyorai, tied to legends surrounding the Taira clan, is popular among locals and travelers for the supposed benefits it yields to worshippers in terms of finding love, having children, and easy childbirth.
Located along the upper stream region of the Hirose River, the Sakunami Hot Spring is ancient, having been said to have been discovered some 1,200 years ago. The quiet mountain valley area is dotted with elegant hotels and Japanese-style ryokan inns.
Akiu Hot Spring is blessed with gorgeous scenery. Its first mention in the annals of Japanese history was during the reign of Emperor Kimmei (539-571). During the era of feudal government, this historical hot spring was used by the Date clan.
Stretching from Sendai Station to 1-bancho and Jozenji-dori to Minamimachi-dori, Sendai’s six arcade streets are lined with everything from the latest brand-name stores to historic shops, forming one giant shopping district.
The largest outlet mall in the Tohoku region, Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port is located in the Sendai Port area and contains some 120 stores and shops. The location is excellent since it stands along the way between Sendai Airport and Matsushima, which is one of the tourist attraction.