Sendai City Museum4.0
This city museum stands on the former castle ground and principally explain history of Sendai City and Miyagi Prefecture. Among main highlights are numerous artefacts from the Date family that provide a comprehensive account of the clan's sumurai culture in the Edo period. This is the place you can learn more about the powerful samurai lord Date Masamune who is also known as 'One-Eyed Dragon' because of his blind eye.
Also impressive is an exhibition focusing on Hasekura Tsunenaga, a retainer of Date Masamune and the first Japanese ambassador to Europe and the Americas. During 1613-1620, Hasekura led a diplomatic mission to Spain and the Vatican in Rome, traveling by way of New Spain (Acapulco and Veracruz). You can see the portrait pictures of Hasekura and Pope Paul IV, both of which are included in the UNESCO's Memory of the World, and many other articles he brought back.
Purposeknows a lot about Japan
Airport/Sta.Sendai Airport (about 14.6km) Google Transit
5.02 weeks ago
The Sendai City Museum had a wonderful overview of the history of the area. Starting with the first stone tools found in the area, but spending most of the time on how Date Masamune and his ancestors shaped the region. There were also wonderful exhibits on local art and arms, even though they were small. Most all of the museum had descriptions in both English and Japanese.
We spent about two hours here, which seemed to be enough time. Dont miss the "hands on" section, meant for kids but fun to walk through for everyone.
4.02 weeks ago
Nice history museum, mostly dedicated to the history of the Miyagi prefecture starting from Masamune Date. Not much English, but it is a local museum, and the audio guides may have helped. We enjoyed it regardless.
4.03 months ago
Most of the exhibits have an English translation, but it is usually basic and not much more than a sentence you could gleam from looking at the object itself. Otherwise the exhibits themselves are interesting, and you can easily spend 60-90 minutes here depending on how interested you are in history.
5.03 months ago
Great museum, with more to see than I expected. If you can't read Japanese thought, the information on individual displays is a bit brief. I would still recommend it though.
5.03 months ago
Very nice museum. Gives a very good overview over the history of sendai.