The city museum offers a comprehensive account of samurai Masamune's epic life, as well as more than 13,000 artefacts on loan from the Date family with plenty of explanations in English.
Date Masamune constructed this small wooden temple in 1604. Although it stands on an island in the bay, connected to the mainland by a short bridge, it was miraculously untouched by the 2011 tsunami. The temple doors open to the public only once every 33 years (next in 2039). Come instead for the sea views and to see the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac carved on the eaves. Godai-dō is located in the park across from Matsushima-kaigan station, about 600m walk, past the boat wharves.
Built on Aoba-yama in 1602 by Date Masamune and destroyed during Allied bombing, Sendai-j? still looms large over the city. Giant moss-covered walls, as imposing as they are impressive, are still intact and the grounds offer sweeping views over the city.