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The shrine Osaki Hachimangu was built in 1607 by Sendai's former ruler Masamune Date. The shaden (main hall) is registered as a national heritage as Japan's oldest building using Gongen-style construction that conveys the ancient culture to the present. Historic importance can be felt in many spots such as the nagatoko (Japanese long terrace) being registered as an important cultural heritage and the stone tori (gate) as a prefectural heritage of Miyagi. Its easy access from Sendai Station is also one of the reasons for its popularity among tourists. Among its numerous festivities, the New Year event "Matsutaki Matsuri" held on January 14 is a famous festival with a naked parade of several thousand people and a bustling crowd of about 100,000 visitors.
- 4-6-1 Hachiman, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
- Contact No.
- From JR Sendai Station west exit bus pool, take Sendai city bus towards "Minami Yoshinari" for 20 min, get off at "Osaki Hachimangu" and walk for 5 min
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Free access
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
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Finest Momoyama-Style Architecture "Shaden"
The shaden building with a touch of Gongen-style has a black base and incorporates colorful sculptures as well as gold leaf, and its harmonious beauty is remarkable. The wall paintings inside the altar also portray a beauty typical of the Momoyama culture of 400 years ago.Exterior
Power Spot will Improve your Luck
Date Family's guardian shrine Osaki Hachimangu is also known as a "power spot" that has the power to make people keep good luck on their bodies. In front of the altar is where the power is said to be strongest especially on a sunny morning. It is believed to have good effects on business and good fortune.
Sakura Decorate the Premises in Spring
Osaki Hachimangu has many different kinds of sakura trees from Someiyoshino to Yama-zakura, Yae-zakura and Shidare-zakura. The area becomes gorgeous in spring when these sakura blossom. When sakura petals fall, beautiful sights of sakura-petal whirlwinds unfold.