Views of the city await those who make it to Sendai Castle, either by foot or by bus. Don't expect a fairy-tale palace, because the Japanese name for Sendai Castle is perhaps more accurately rendered as "Castle Remnants." A restored guardhouse is all that remains. The Date dynasty kept its residence here for nearly three centuries after beginning construction of the once-grand castle around 1600. Sadly, it was all pulled down during the Meiji Restoration. Nearby Gokoku
Jinja (Gokoku Shrine) is now the main feature of the area. To get here by bus, take the Sendai Loople and get off at the Sendai-jo Ato stop.