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Rinnoji (輪王寺, Rinnōji), lying to the north of Sendai's downtown, may first appear to be a somewhat unexceptional temple. However, beyond the main hall of the temple is a beautiful Japanese garden and pagoda that are well worth visiting.
The temple was founded in 1441...More
Rinnoji is one of the best Japanese garden in Sendai, its pagoda is BEAUTIFUL when reflecting on the pond. Rinnoji has been listed in "Hidden Gardens of Japan" - THE photo essay and reference for finding unspoiled gardens in Japan (minus the tour bus crowds)...More
I was not too impressed by this temple until I visited the Japanese garden. A small entree fee and walla...I walked into a different world. The garden is beautiful and distinctively Japanese. The view seems different as I walked around the pond.
This garden alone...More
This temple is a little bit off the map and you'll have to walk a while from the station. The entrance uphill is quite impressive. We liked the beautiful Japanese garden but could not see nor visit the temple itself at all. Is there one?
It's a nice quiet place nestled in Sendai city. Quiet, peaceful, and the view of the pagoda is different depending on the season that you visit.
I was able to find the place easily as I'm fluent in Japanese. For those who can't speak or...More
I had Rinnōji’s beautiful garden all to myself. Well, that is, apart from the egret whose favourite perch was right in front of the sanjūnotō (three-tiered pagoda). Even when I scared the bird away crossing the little arched bridge to inspect the pagoda up-close, it...More
This is the most beautiful temple in the area. There is a small fee for entering the butnyou should not hestitate to pay. The garden contains several features of a classic Japanese garden including a pagoda and a lake. Probably even better under snow cover....More
Rinnoji is absolutely the best temple in Sendai! careful, there are many steps to climb, but it is worth it. A photographer's paradise if you like old temples with plenty of character and interesting people.