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December 1, 2017 - Sendai Castle Ruins
Castle is a bit of a misnomer, They have some gates and buildings, but it's mostly the ruins of Sendai Castle. Numerous statues, including a giant eagle that was knocked off it's pedestal and Hasekura Tsunenaga, are great for taking pictures. The ruins site is on a hill, and the views of Sendai are spectacular. You can even see the huge Kannon statue in neighboring Ishinomaki.
Gokokujinja is nearby and worth a visit. They have all the regular shrine scenery, and some rare omamori (protective amulets) featuring a Date Masamune theme.
You can also take a short drive down the hill and see some of the original castle gates and walls, and a statue of Hasekura Tsunenaga. This guy led an interesting life, he lived in Italy for a time. He was sort of the original "Gaijin Samurai."
List of Posts:
2018/02/07 - Adios Sendai
2018/02/05 - Sendai Station sake tasting
2018/02/05 - Sendai visitor center
2018/02/05 - Owl Cafe
2018/02/05 - Sushi on a conveyor belt
2018/02/04 - 3.11 Disaster Center and Arahama Elementary School
2018/01/30 - Otaki Fudoson (Achala Buddhist temple)
2018/01/28 - Sakan Hotel, Akiu Onsen hot springs
2017/12/04 - Rairaikyo Gorge
2017/12/03 - Nikka Whiskey Distillery
2017/12/03 - Kokeshi
2017/12/02 - Tsuda Izakaya
2017/12/02 - Sendai - touring temples on bicycle
2017/12/01 - Sendai Castle Ruins
2017/12/01 - Sendi Mediatheque
2017/11/29 - Zuihoden