Rinno-ji Temple

Rinnoji Temple is located about 15 minutes by taxi from Sendai Station. It was first founded in Fukushima in 1441, but when the Date clan moved from the castle there to other places, it was reestablished in each location, but it was finally moved to its current site in Sendai in 1602. Its Zen garden, known as one of the many famous gardens in the Tohoku region, attracts many visitors from in and outside the city of Sendai, giving them an opportunity to appreciate seasonal blooms, such as cherry blossoms and hydrangeas. Its statue of Seated ShakaNyorai (an incarnation of the Buddha), Sendai City's Tangible Cultural Property, is exhibited on the 1st and 15th of every month. Every Saturday, the temple sponsors Zen meditation sessions that are open to the public.

Spot details

Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kitayama 1-14-1
open everyday
[Admission fee] 300yen (Free for less than Elementary school students)
Parking Lot
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Peaceful. Great photo spot. Insects
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.08.06
    The park has a lot to offer in terms of photography opportunities. I was the only visitor for the whole time I was there which made it easy to take my time with my camera.It seems that it wasnt...
  • wonderful traditional gardens
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.10.27
    A bit outside central Sendai but easy to get to by taxi/car, the paid (cheap) gardens are the main attraction. The pagoda is visible throughout, and the reflection in the pond is gorgeous. Would...
  • Beautiful garden - a gem
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.09.13
    To get to the temple, get off at Kitayama station (a short ride from Sendai). Walk up the slope, keep to the left and follow the road for another 10 to 15 minutes. Its a downhill walk. Youll...

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