Sunday, June 16, 2019

Zuihoden the mausoleum complex of Date Masamune, Sendai 29th April 2019

After enjoying the splendid temple gardens in the sunshine we continued up the hillside via a flight of steps surrounded by huge pine trees. Finally passing through a ticket gate into the Zuihoden mausoleum complex. It was requested by the samurai lord Date Masamune on his death in 1636 and then built in 1637. A number of his relatives and clan members were also buried there and there is a special graveyard section for the children of the clan who died young. The site buildings were designated national treasures but were mostly destroyed during world war two. The current buildings are post war reconstructions in the original style.


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