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Sendai Castle Ruins (Aoba Castle Ruins)

Travel Guide - Sendai Castle Ruins (Aoba Castle Ruins)

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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)

ClosedClosed

  • 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

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Catherine @nyanncath - 2019-12-11
@billymakmak Thanks Billy! I just visited Zuihoden. Heading to Sendai Castle next.
🌳銀🐿 @NativeSilver25 - 2019-12-07
@thebeanweasel I thought Toronto was a city full of freedom. Toronto is modern. Sendai is a historical town.AOBA ca… https://t.co/4awU0N87Oc
きくしー @刀ミュ歌合🐯🧡🖤 @kixidoll - 2019-12-02
Day 2: Visited Zuihoden (Date Mausoleum), Sendai Castle Ruins and Honmaru 🍂 The autumn leaves were so pretty! And i… https://t.co/we3v3JaeHH
FriedToast @FriedToast - 2019-11-28
Standing on the ruins of Aoba Castle (also known as Gojouro) is a statue of Date Masamune, the samurai ruler who fo… https://t.co/lFZSnjnRVl
Lennonhead @LennonheadNew - 2019-11-26
European fantasy... it does fit, Sendai is pretty majestic. they only show it for a short time but I like how they… https://t.co/oReMdGelh0
黒凧 BlackKite @bk2128 - 2019-11-26
P5S - Sendai Jail area being shown, it looks like a castle from a fantasy story.

Jails will also seem to have some… https://t.co/n6SFUtqFFT
Dr. Nyri Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2019-11-23
He sets up a new castle and thus establishes the modern city of Sendai, welcomes foreigners and also Japanese Chris… https://t.co/J5QhQs3ucj
The Real Japan @TheRealJapan1 - 2019-11-20
A Spring Day Exploring Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture

Starting in front of Sendai Station, we hop onto the Sendai… https://t.co/RKnLXEREnL
Raymond Lin @Mondofoto - 2019-11-19
@AbroadInJapan Finally made it to Sendai and got to the castle but where is the Zunda shake stand? /distraught...... https://t.co/hUHaCJdOG4
Travels without plans @idlewandering - 2019-11-19
Now Sendai Castle https://t.co/QVkRhVB55k
Courtney!!! Milan 🦖 @courtneymilan - 2019-11-17
And then up the hill to Sendai Castle (or what remains of it) where there is this lovely statue of Date Masamune. https://t.co/c9JkxCQJIT
Courtney!!! Milan 🦖 🔜 🇯🇵 ⛸ NHK @courtneymilan - 2019-11-17
And then up the hill to Sendai Castle (or what remains of it) where there is this lovely statue of Date Masamune. https://t.co/c9JkxCQJIT
Travels without plans @idlewandering - 2019-11-17
I think today we're seeing some castle ruins before I head over to Sendai, but for now I'll wait for him to wake up… https://t.co/8RdFL3Be4m
suha 🌸 | 🇧🇩 @ryuuknowskay - 2019-11-15
+As wiki says, Aoba Johsai means 'West of Aoba Castle', which is Sendai Castle and, 'Seijoh' means 'blue castle'. Y… https://t.co/frdKAf7HJi
ジュエル @ ARCHcon Cebu 11/15 - 11/17 ✈ @jewelmelissa_w - 2019-11-07
Visited Aoba Castle ruins and Date Masamune's Statue! 🏯
#asasuga #obitsuroid #asahiazumane #sugawarakoushi… https://t.co/W8hOVM2JtE
ジュエル @ 🇯🇵 10/25 - 11/12 ✈ @jewelmelissa_w - 2019-11-07
Visited Aoba Castle ruins and Date Masamune's Statue! 🏯
#asasuga #obitsuroid #asahiazumane #sugawarakoushi… https://t.co/W8hOVM2JtE
Dr. Nyri Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2019-11-03
Ladies and gentlemen, if your man:

-is faaaabulous!
-hella bisexual
-built Aoba Castle
-plays the taiko really wel… https://t.co/uJNjeT6Y3i
Dr. Nyri Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2019-11-02
Some were tutors. Some were calligraphers. Some made kites or lanterns.

And the Date clan's ashigaru detachment pe… https://t.co/ELz4MPGmMR
Helena. @ 🇯🇵 @furbeach_ - 2019-10-31
After a huge day climbing around Yamadera, we explored Sendai the following. This is a statue of Date Masamune who… https://t.co/DtKQv8b31g
Hot inn Sendai Nagamachi (Guest House) ホットイン仙台長町 @HotinnH - 2019-10-31
We are deeply sport for what is currently happening to the #shuri #castle in #Okinawa . Here from #Sendai we hope n… https://t.co/y4BHeCTBuD
Dr. Nyri Bakkalian @riversidewings - 2019-10-26
Miyagi Plain, east of the old Sendai Castle town, was famous in the Edo period for its bush clover, and also for it… https://t.co/CwfK7yargk
ナマハゲ博士 Dr. Nyri Bakkalian 👹 @riversidewings - 2019-10-26
Miyagi Plain, east of the old Sendai Castle town, was famous in the Edo period for its bush clover, and also for it… https://t.co/CwfK7yargk
Archaeology Magazine @archaeologymag - 2019-10-22
Stone wall foundations that may have been part of an original route leading to the seventeenth-century Sendai Castl… https://t.co/dIAlriPtHs
Jennifer K Cosham @Jenniearcheo - 2019-10-22
A newly excavated stone wall could show the original Edo-period route to Sendai Castle keep in Japan. https://t.co/wtRveHUYqO
Marianne Meed Ward @MariannMeedWard - 2019-10-21
Our next stop was Zuihoden (瑞鳳殿, Zuihōden) the mausoleum of Date Masamune, one of the most powerful feudal lords of… https://t.co/vYMsblZ4br
Tom @historylab_tom - 2019-10-19
Possible Route to Sendai Castle Uncovered in Japan https://t.co/vYHLXMt9mj
ナマハゲ博士 Dr. Nyri Bakkalian 👹 @riversidewings - 2019-10-19
@Kur0nue And then he went and put a brewery in his castle and poached the Yagyu clan's master brewer to be in charg… https://t.co/ckP75XlZXD
ナマハゲ博士 Dr. Nyri Bakkalian 👹 @riversidewings - 2019-10-19
@Kur0nue He had stonemasons from Sakai (Osaka) come build Sendai Castle's walls. He forbade them from leaving; hire… https://t.co/vyzdGY1AIy
Archaeology Magazine @archaeologymag - 2019-10-17
Possible Route to Sendai Castle Uncovered in Japan https://t.co/gaWHEJ1X5I
Christopher Fennell @ccfennell - 2019-10-17
News Feed: Possible Route to Sendai Castle Uncovered in Japan https://t.co/2cSufno5pQ
Damien Marie AtHope @AthopeMarie - 2019-10-17
Newly excavated stone wall could show original Edo period route to Sendai Castle keep - The Mainichi https://t.co/wbfOSvhazh

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