Duration: 5.5 hours
Start/End: Ishinomaki port/ Ishinomaki port
Highlights: Sendai Castle(Aoba Castle), Zuihoden Mausoleum, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Ishinomaki shore excursions
Depart from the port for the scenic drive through Sendai en route to the first stop of the shore trip, your guide and driver will take you to Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle). Built in the rule of the first leader of Sendai, Date Masamune, the castle grounds now is a park where you can feel the history and view the city from above. With the honmaru surrounded by a cliff on the east side, a forest on the west side, and a valley on the southern side, the castle is constructed using the complicated structures of nature to protect itself. Although the majority of the castle was lost to a great fire and only the stone wall remains today, the castle’s stone walls and guardhouse have been repaired and reconstructed to their original design.
Then, your driver will transfer you to the luxury Zuihoden Mausoleum built in 1637. It was designed in the ornate style of the Momoyama period and designated as a national treasure in 1931, but was burned down during World War II. It now has been restored to its original design. Stairs on a gentle incline near the entrance and a grove of quite cedar trees make for a perfect setting to take a walk.
The last stop of the Sendai shore excursion is Osaki Hachimangu Shrine. Date Masamune, a lord from the Sengoku period ordered the construction of this shrine in 1607. The shrine was recently restored and the shrine’s renewed structure is a striking example of Date architecture and style. At the completion of the interesting trip, you will be taken back to the port for departure. Trip ends.