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Old August 20th, 2017, 06:26 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2017 in Sendai

Sendai is 350km north of Tokyo, but only 1.5 hours by Shinkansen away. Next to the main train station is the AER Building, which has a free observation deck with a good introductory view of the city.











A pedestrian arcade extends along a stretch of road, which is a common feature in many Japanese cities. I paid particular attention to the discount shop as well as supermarket.









The Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine was built in 1607 by a local ruler, Date Masamune. It is beautifully decorated in black lacquer with gold leaf, so it stands out quite nicely.















There was a bus stop just outside the temple and not long after, I got off in the city centre for the brisk walk to Zuihoden, passing through some river scenes along the way.













Zuihoden is the mausoleum of a feudal lord from the Edo period. The site was destroyed during World War II and the current structures are re-creations from 1979 which were renovated in 2001.











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Old August 23rd, 2017, 06:42 AM   #3
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Matsushima is a good day trip option from Sendai. Easily connected by JR in only 40 minutes, the urban environment fades into a beautiful seaside atmosphere. The protected bay is home to over 260 islands.

















Oshima is just off the coast but connected via a bright red bridge. Stone tablets and caves dot the island, which is sacred for Buddhists.















Seafood snack break time!

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Just an hour by train from Sendai to the west, Yamadera's hillsides are home to a Tendai Buddhist temple that dates back to the 9th century.





Parts of the climb had cherry blossoms at full bloom, but otherwise, the hillsides are nicely shaded by greener vegetation.





























The ultimate prize is a hut overlooking the valley, where I originally came from. The views were worth the climb. The paths beyond this spot are blocked so this is as far as I could go.





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