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Sendai Castle Ruins (Aoba Castle Ruins)

Travel Guide - Sendai Castle Ruins (Aoba Castle Ruins)


Sendai Castle, or also called Aoba Castle, was built on the Aoba-yama Hill by Date Masamune in 1602 . Since then, the castle was the residence of the Date family over 260 years. The castle tactically uses the cliffs along the Tatsunokuchi-keikoku gorge and the Hirose-gawa river as the castle's outer moat. The castle was the second largest castle following the Edo Castle during the Edo Period (1603 - 1868), but unlike other Japanese castles, it had no Tenshu-kaku central tower to show allegiance to the Tokugawa Shogunate.
On the site of the ruins, the castle's original stone walls, the restored turret at the Otemon gate, and the statue of Date Masamune can be seen.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Open 24 hours
  • Museum: 9:00 - 17:00 (April 1 - November 3)
  • Museum: 9:00 - 16:00 (November 4 - March 31)


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free
  • Museum: 700 yen (General, Adult)
  • Museum: 500 yen (Student)
  • Museum: 300 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 30 minutes from JR Sendai Station by Loople Sendai Bus. Get off at Sendaijo-ato Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1, Kawauchi, Aoba-ku Sendai-shi, Miyagi, 980-0862


Geörujette @GLioneye - 2020-03-24
Trip to Sendai 🐂👅
I had delicious shrimp soup ramen for lunch, then went to visit Sendai castle
It was so. cold. bu… https://t.co/YIjUgMJHlb
あかね / ceo of hq387 🌺 @kingtobioh - 2020-03-23
now aoba castle is known to be in sendai/sendai-ish, so we can assume that kageyama is a sendai boi. now his real d… https://t.co/OYt3NZZJrv
あかね / ceo of stupid sand 🌺 @kingtobioh - 2020-03-23
now aoba castle is known to be in sendai/sendai-ish, so we can assume that kageyama is a sendai boi. now his real d… https://t.co/OYt3NZZJrv
rhole: filthiest of casuals @mjrjt - 2020-03-20
@electra_rhodes Moat on the grounds of Sendai Castle in Japan from my trip there last summer https://t.co/91BBRMllGw
Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2020-03-15
https://t.co/58djP6VSBh Another Wake Up, Girls music video set in Sendai! This one's under the tree lights on Jozen… https://t.co/nyi9D93x1G
Asger R. Christensen @asgerrojle - 2020-03-11
Where the Date clan’s proud Aoba Castle in #Sendai once stood - #tohoku @ Sendai https://t.co/bFGwCRrQXc
Uwajimaya @Uwajimaya - 2020-03-10
It is said that Japan’s first miso brewery was built at the base of Sendai Castle in Miyagi. Enjoy Sendai Miso toge… https://t.co/dvTaBCKYPr
T夜 @TyoruArt - 2020-03-07
@MeowjinBoo Aoba Castle
Zunda shake
Sendai Daikannon (Goddess… https://t.co/FlpAzrguAP
Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2020-03-02
@DragonLord150 There's a few of them-- the famous one is at the apex of the castle, but there's another in the main… https://t.co/tE6I8aHh2f
Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2020-03-01
@Allison_Ivy79 The photo's public domain, sadly not mine, but it was taken from Aoba Castle, overlooking downtown S… https://t.co/2PLl2AdRSs
Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2020-02-29
@Mickey_Marine As for top 5 landmarks I've been to:

1. Sendai Castle
2. Hagia Sophia
3. The site of Justinian's La… https://t.co/IgB5Z2lOMD
Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2020-02-29
Masamune provided for the shrine he'd inexplicably left behind, but it wouldn't reach its final location until 1681… https://t.co/WXWq3CpULY
A frog charges the Aegis イージス艦にモーターボートで突撃するカエル@ @nKphS1Z5xztu10n - 2020-02-25
Yesterday I run to the Sendai castle.
The time was 18min 23sec.
Of coarse, I obeyed traffic lights.
Cup of Love @mywhirlwindkid - 2020-02-25
LOL, I was rewatching some clips on my phone and this was on one of my Sendai Castle clips. Yuzu's everywhere in hi… https://t.co/5IEEvJwptw
Grand Commander Shane @ShaneBrained - 2020-02-20
#P5S The gang stops in Sendai to see Masamune's statue, former castle site, visit the Zunda shops and eat Cow's Ton… https://t.co/4EMyVlcmLA
rara 💚💙 @glass_winged - 2020-02-18
When I'm feeling off and down, I find peace in watching quiet travel/walking vids of places I'd love to go to or go… https://t.co/iuzYm4saa7
Airtower @airtower_sendai - 2020-02-09
@ViTheDeer Is that Elsa's castle at the bottom of the corner shelf? 😺
Fariz Aulia N @farizaulian - 2020-02-06
New Year's Holidays
January 3, 2019
Aoba Castle Ruins
Sendai, Tohoku
#Sendai #Tohoku @ Sendai City https://t.co/v3Tc5t3rXE
Hot inn Sendai Nagamachi (Guest House) ホットイン仙台長町 @HotinnH - 2020-02-05
Facebook> https://t.co/u8xX0uGsqq
Insta> https://t.co/ZewD3Js73v

From our Guest House “Hot inn Sendai Nagamachi”,… https://t.co/qYFKmHu61V
あーる @razorghia - 2020-02-05
Last year June Editional

Soaring to Brilliant Triumph with the Prayer of Soka Women

2019count back

It is 65year… https://t.co/TA5bx84vTk
Stephen Farrow #FBPE @stephenfarrow - 2020-01-30
Views from Sendai castle ruins: https://t.co/128ykgND8F
This is Nami(仙台) @ThisNami - 2020-01-27
@LunatikForReal @AbroadInJapan I have two for you. One is The view from Sendai castle unless it's rainy. Second is… https://t.co/cW8A7iN7V3
Dr. Nyri Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2020-01-25
Date had their main castle in Sendai, on Mount Aoba-- that's one.

(I'm still disappointed that the USAF incinerate… https://t.co/mYmoayu5np
Echo Cheng @echotpe - 2020-01-22
A magic hour of the night view in Sendai city. It's taken from Aoba castle. 📸 https://t.co/zCc7wweFu6
Gaijin Gaming Bros (GGB) @GGBJapan - 2020-01-21
@JJROCKETS Make sure you eat some Gyuutan, its free to go to the top of the AER Building (good city view), and chec… https://t.co/IOxharctlh
Felix @Felix35813367 - 2020-01-18
Being in Shiroishi to visit the castle! Found children's amour but neither me nor yukiko fit! :D
Great fun! Excited… https://t.co/UDpRKxPaGq
Amy loves (1) boy with (2) cheek freckles✨ 永美Ci @amyuzu1012 - 2020-01-17
@kat0nice Yeah, like the Date crest!! I got it in Sendai at the Sendai Castle site ( ´͈ ᵕ `͈ ) https://t.co/OyaSzMFKWs
Gentle @Gentle61567731 - 2020-01-17
The site of Sendai castle at Sendai in Miyagi prefecture. There is powerful Japanese soul in this place. Let's boun… https://t.co/PK48kZTdyb
HIROMUKAI @hiromu_society - 2020-01-17
@Kevin___W I recommend Zuihoden and Sendai Castle Ruins! Jozenji Street is full of shops!

Hot inn Sendai Nagamachi (Guest House) ホットイン仙台長町 @HotinnH - 2020-01-17
Facebook> https://t.co/u8xX0uGsqq
Insta> https://t.co/ZewD3Js73v
The Shiroishi #Castle is another incredible spot i… https://t.co/3u2MdUwcZ9


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