Sendai Toshogu Shrine

Built by the son of Sendai's founder

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

Sendai Toshogu Shrine is intimately connected with the history of the city as it was built by Date Tadamune, the second son of Date Masamune who found the city of Sendai.

In those days Sendai was made up of single or double storey buildings with the much larger shrines dominating over them. In modern Sendai, these shrines remain as a kind of 'sacred island' that connect the past with the present.

One of the things that I find most appealing about Shinto shrines is their allegiance to nature, one that is reflected in the natural surroundings and colours of the buildings. Sendai Toshogu Shrine is located amongst tall trees and its buildings are made of a dark brown. This old wood and the green of the roofs are the colours of the natural world and when visiting such shrines, well, I often feel a sense of calm and tranquility…

If you'd like a bit more action, there is an antique market on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Getting there

Sendai Toshogu Shrine is a few minutes walk from Toshogu Station on the JR Senzan Line. Toshogu Station is one stop from Sendai Station.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!