When I arrived in Tokyo, nearly five years ago, I was awestruck by the hordes of beautiful Japanese girls around me, and I'd had my head filled with notions that foreigners are instantly popular with the girls of Japan. You gave it your best shot, turned on the charm, and get little more than a polite smile in response. When it came to actually interacting with the women around me, and trying to forge the kind of relationships I wanted, I felt completely out of my depth. I'm sure you have been there - you've found yourself in the presence of a gorgeous Japanese girl, and have been tongue-tied or baffled at how to engage her or establish a connection.
Zuihoden (瑞鳳殿 Tel: 0) is the mausoleum of the powerful daimyo, Masamune Date, (pronounced Dah-teh, 1567-1636, known as the "One-Eyed Dragon").
Set at the top of a flight of steep stone steps within a forest, the site also includes the mausoleums of Date Tadamune and Date Tsunamune, the second and third successors to the father of the Masamune clan.
Sendai Castle, aka Aoba-jo, dated from 1602 but nothing remains today of the buildings except for the impressive stone walls and a reconstructed turret.
Sendai is also connected by ferry to both Nagoya in the Chubu region and Tomakomai in Hokkaido.
Things to see and do in and around Sendai include the Sendai City Museum; Masamune's elaborate mausoleum - Zuihoden; Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ruins, the sculpture-lined Jozenji street, and the scenic island-dotted bay at Matsushima on the coast as well as beautiful Zao Onsen in the nearby mountains. Shiroishi Castle is around 50 minutes by train to the south.