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Aoba Castle & Honmaru Museum

青葉城跡 本丸会館 | Aoba Castle and Honmaru Museum

Keeping the legacy of Masamune Date alive

Photo by Laura Egan

Photo by Laura Egan

Photo by Miyagi Prefecture

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Masamune Date (1567–1636), the founder and greatest ruler of the Sendai Domain, once looked out over his lands from the magnificent Aoba Castle. Now, centuries later, the castle is no more. The castle site now serves as a public park of sorts. Upon reaching the site, visitors will be rewarded with what is arguably the best view of Sendai City. This is also the location of the iconic statue of Masamune Date on horseback. The statue is illuminated from sunset until 10 p.m. most nights.

    On special days, the city’s official samurai re-enactors, the Date Bushotai, are on hand to regale visitors with tales of Sendai’s samurai past and pose for pictures. The castle site is also home to a museum exhibiting armor, swords, letters, and more—bringing the history of the castle and its founder to life.

     

    WEBSITEhttp://honmarukaikan.com/

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ADDRESS

Aoba jo-shi Tenshu-dai, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 980-0862

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

By subway: 20-minute walk from International Center Station (Sendai Subway Tozai Line)
By Loople bus: 22 minutes by bus from Sendai Station. Board Sendai Loople bus at Sendai Station West Exit Bus Pool stop 16. Alight at Stop 6 (Site of Sendai Castle). Bus info here (English).

ADMISSION

Castle site: Free
Museum: ¥700 adults & university students, ¥500 children ages junior high to high school, ¥300 elementary school students

CREDIT CARDS

Not accepted

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

Castle site: always open

Museum: 9:00–17:00* April 1–November 3, 9:00-16:00* Nov 4–March 31
*Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing

CLOSED DAYS

None

PHONE

022-227-7077

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