Rinnoji Temple Garden

A beautifully classical landscape in Sendai

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

Rinnoji was the family temple of the Date clan. Since 1441 the temple has been rebuilt and even relocated from the original location. The temple itself may seem modest, but it has an absolutely wonderful garden behind its main building.

I visited Rinnoji on a weekday and found myself there alone so I took my time to relax and enjoy the beauty and quietness of the garden. Rinnoji garden is a wonderful example of a classic landscaped garden. Walking along the stone paths I discovered different views, each perfectly beautiful. In the center of the garden I saw a pond with water lilies. From the bridge that stretches almost to the middle of the pond I could see colourful carp in the water. Beautiful pagoda, lanterns and trees were reflected in the water and the autumn colours brightened the greenery of the garden.

After crossing the classical red bridge, I found two stone gardens and sat down to rest near one of them. Watching that stone garden I could imagine the concentric circles of fine gravel representing water. Taking shots I understood that each view was made with great skill and a special sense of natural beauty.

Rinnoji Garden is open every day of the year from 8-5pm. The entrance fee is 300 JPY.

Getting there

Rinnoji emple is a 15-minute walk to the north from Kita-Sendai Station on the JR Senzan Line.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!