Entsu-in is a Zen Buddhist temple. It was built in 1646 as a mausoleum for Date Mitsumune, a grandson of the first lord of the Sendai Domain, Date Masamune.
Named "Sankeiden", the mausoleum is one of the finest buildings belonging to the Date family using the essence of many special techniques of that time, and designated as an important cultural property of Japan. The building still carries down the influence of the Western ideas brought back by Hasekura Tsunenaga, a missionary who was sent by Date Masamune. The painting of the Western Rose in the building is believed to be the oldest in Japan.
The tile roofed main hall creates a distinctive tranquil atmosphere of a Zen temple combined with the Japanese garden in the grounds of the temple. In the garden, a pond with lotus flowers, maples, azaleas, wild and native flowers and such, are arranged so that every season takes on its own beauty. You may want to take a leisurely walk after offering prayers.