Zuihoden, Sendai, Japan 

Zuihoden, in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture is the mausoleum of the powerful daimyo, Masamune Date. Zuihoden is reminiscent of the Tokugawa mausoleum in Nikko in its elaborate beauty expressed in the Momoyama style of architecture.

The original, ornate 17th century buildings were destroyed by US bombing in World War II but completely restored in 1979. In 2001, the buildings were restored again to make them more closely resemble the original structures and included the addition of lion mask sculptures to the columns of the buildings and tiles and dragon heads at the four corners of the roofs.

Set at the top of a flight of steep stone steps within a forest, the site also includes the impressive mausoleums of Date Tadamune and Date Tsunamune, the second and third successors to the father of the Date clan.

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