AreaSendai

Shokeikaku

鍾景閣 | Shokeikaku

A fine-dining establishment housed in a former residence of the Date family

Photo by Shokeikaku

Photo by Shokeikaku

Photo by Shokeikaku

  • Wesley Keppel-Henry

    Writer / Editor

    Last Update
    February 7, 2019

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  • The Shokeikaku villa served as the Date family residence from the late 1800s until World War II. The Date family had ruled the Sendai domain for thirteen generations from Sendai Castle. However, after the Meiji Restoration in 1868 they were forced to turn over their lands to the emperor. In 1884, the emperor granted the family the status of nobility. Shortly after that, the family purchased and moved into the Shokeikaku villa.

    In 1980, the villa was donated to the city and some time after that converted into the fine-dining establishment it is today. It offers multi-course kaiseki lunch and dinner service, plus matcha (powdered green tea) and sweets during a late afternoon tea time. After the meal, guests are taken on a tour of the residence. Most of the household rooms are well-preserved, giving diners an intimate glimpse into the lives of Sendai nobles.

    Shokeikaku’s signature meal service is called Sendai tansu ryori, a traditional kaiseki meal with a twist. Like traditional kaiseki, the meal consists of seasonal, local ingredients meticulously prepared and served in grand multi-course fashion. The novelty of Sendai tansu ryori is that part of the meal is served in miniature tansu, the traditional multi-chambered wooden chests Sendai is known for.

    The experience of opening the tansu’s many drawers to reveal meticulously plated seafood is fun, like a tabletop treasure hunt.

    WEBSITEhttps://shoukeikaku.jp/

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Details

ADDRESS

143-3 Hitokitanishi, Moniwa, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

By free shuttle bus: From Sendai Station (reservations required 3 days in advance)

 

By city bus from Sendai Station: a 40-min. ride, followed by a 15-minute walk.

Board bus bound for Akiu Onsen or Nogamikami (秋保温泉 or 野上かみ) from Sendai Station West Exit Bus Pool 8. Alight at Moniwaso (茂庭荘) bus stop. Sendai Station bus departure schedule here.

CREDIT CARDS

Accepted

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

11:00–20:00 (lunch, dinner, & tea time)

PHONE

022-245-6665

Food & Drink Details

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

No

HALAL

No

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MENU

No

NON-SMOKING

Yes

TABLE CHARGE

No

LUNCH HOURS

11:30–15:00

LUNCH LAST ORDER

14:30

DINNER HOURS

17:00–20:00

DINNER LAST ORDER

18:30

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