It is a lovely walk, with nice views across Sendai, and should be gorgeous once the leaves finally start changing colour (a few are going round the edges but they're not properly changing yet). It would make a lovely easy day hike coming from Sendai, and for us, living a short bike ride away, we were back home in time for a late lunch!
To get there, take any Senzan line train from Sendai station, and get off at Rikuzenochiai (about 20 minutes), and head south out of the station and follow the map below.
I've recently worked out how to do this, so here is a screen shot from my phone showing where the start of the hike is.
And here's a photo of the steps up at the start, with the ubiquitous bear warning sign
All of us heading up! The stairs don't go all the way up, but the path remains very easy to follow
There's a small shrine at the top...
...but it's suffered a bit of (earthquake?) damage
A slightly hazy view over Sendai
With a cheeky spider!
View towards Taihaku, south west Sendai
If you keep following the ridge, you get views across the other way, over Ochiai, the town we live in. Our apartment is the one furtherest back in the middle, nestled amongst the trees
John heading down (don't you love his ridiculous head gear?!)
Whole family heading downwards, looking forward to their lunch
(the observant amoungst you might have realised that John is wearing different clothes...he didn't get changed, these photos are just a combination from each time we climbed up :))
Oh yeah, slightly problem...at the bottom, at the moment, this is what greets you! The first time we went there was a bridge across which I assume they'll rebuild, but for the time being, as Dad is so aptly demonstrating, you can easily climb round the edge!
Once you're out, turn right and head back along the main road, and turn left down the first main-ish road. Then you're right back at the station!