Zuihoden Mausoleum

Zuihoden Mausoleum
The extravagant colors and design of Zuihoden Mausoleum portray the fascinating history of Date Masamune and his lineage, intriguing visitors from around the world.
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Zuihoden Mausoleum is dedicated to feudal lord Date Masamune, who roamed the lands during the 17th century. A year after his death, the mausoleum was built with a rich, dark black color and accented with gold, sparing no expense for Date Masamune. The Momoyama style architecture makes these buildings unique, and the attention to detail shows just how well-crafted each part of the temple is.

The mausoleum was named a National Treasure in 1931, showing its historic value in Japan. The building endured damages during World War II, but was rebuilt and has been maintained ever since. Entering the mausoleum, you are welcomed with a grand entrance with cedar trees surrounding the area. These trees are important, as they represent the long history of the Date clan. When you visit Zuihoden Mausoleum, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Date clan at the museum, where they display artifacts ranging from weapons, documents, and preserved family bones.

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