When Date Masamune, known as 'the one-eyed dragon' (独眼竜) and founder of the Sendai Domain, died in 1636, he left instructions for a mausoleum. Zuihōden was erected in the following year. A number of the Date daimyō and other members of the Date clan are buried in the grounds. Most of the monuments were destroyed by bombing and subsequent fires in 1945 and subsequently rebuilt in their original Momoyama style.
The Zuihōden (瑞鳳殿) was built for Date Masamune (1567-1636), founding daimyō of the Sendai Domain. Designated a National Treasure (国宝) in 1931, it was destroyed in 1945, rebuilt in 1979, and repaired in 2001 in order to more closely resemble the original mausoleum.