Rinno-ji Temple, Sendai

Rinno-ji Temple, Sendai © Iry

About Rinno-ji Temple, Sendai

Rinno-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. It was originally constructed in 1441. Because it is strongly connected to the Date clan, whenever the Date clan moved, Rinno-ji came with them. It was moved to its current location in Sendai in the year 1602 around the time of the 17th generation Date clan lord, Date Masamune. Following its move here, in 1876 the entirety of the temple was destroyed except for the Niomon gate. However, it was reconstructed in 1915.

At the time of reconstruction, a great amount of effort was put into the garden, and as a result of those efforts the garden here has become one of the most famous gardens in the Tohoku region. Within the temple grounds are the main hall, 5-story pagoda, 3-story pagoda, and a tearoom. On every Saturday there is a Zen meditation meeting that even regular people can join. Once per month there is another meeting for "shakyo" and "shabutsu", which are the transcribing of Buddhist sutras and imagery in the pursuit of enlightenment; these are open for anyone who would like to join and try their hand ad shakyo or shabutsu. Please note that while visitors can freely enter the temple grounds, there is a 300 yen fee to see the garden.


To get to Rinno-ji Temple in Miyagi Prefecture by public transport, from JR Sendai Station take the Sendai City Bus headed for Nakayama New Town or the bus headed for Kitayama-Shiheimachi. On either bus you want to get off at the Rinnoji-mae bus stop which is right in front of the shrine. From JR Kita-Sendai station it is a 10 minute walk to the shrine. If you are visiting by car the most convenient route is to take the Tohoku Expressway to Sendai Miyagi IC and drive from there. 

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Description: Rinno-ji Temple, Sendai

Sights Rinno-ji Temple, Sendai (輪王寺)
Address 1 Chome-14-1 Kitayama Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 981-0931
Phone / Fax Phone: 022-234-5327
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:08:00-17:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay part admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Family Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Rinno-ji Temple, Sendai