1 Day Journey to Matsushima

1 Day Journey to Matsushima

If you travel by train just 30 minutes from Sendai you can reach Matsushima, known for its scenic beauty as one of the “Three Most Scenic Spots of Japan.” 260 small pine-covered islands rise from the emerald waters of Matsushima Bay, a view which appears much the same today as it did centuries ago.
The best way to experience Matsushima is by boat. Daily sightseeing boats take passengers around Matsushima Bay, passing by islands which have been carved into delicate and intriguing shapes by the wind and water.
Matsushima has a cultural heritage which is as impressive as the natural scenery. Samurai ruler of the Sendai area, Date Masamune, left a legacy which includes Zuiganji Temple (National Treasure), the beautiful gardens of Entsuin Temple, elegant Kanrantei Tea House and much more.
Matsushima is also famous for its seafood, including excellent quality oysters which are at their peak between October and March and anago (salt-water eels) in summer.
Matsushima’s rich culture and enduring beauty have led to worldwide recognition. In 2013, Matsushima became the first bay in Japan to be accepted in the international “Most Beautiful Bays in the World” association, joining well-known bays including Ha Long Bay, Mont Saint-Michel and San Francisco.
For any visitor to Sendai, a trip to Matsushima is a clear must-do.

Required Time 1 Day
Estimated cost 3,920 yen
(JR Sendai Station to Matsushima Kaigan Station Round-Trip 820 yen, Zuiganji Temple Entrance Fee 700 yen, Entsuin Temple Entrance Fee 300 yen, Kanrantei Tea House Entry 200 yen + Matcha Tea Set from 400 yen, Matsushima Bay Sightseeing Boat 1500 yen)
Recommended Sightseeing Route
Sendai Station- JR Senseki Line 30 min.- Matsushima Kaigan Station- Walk 10 minutes- Zuiganji Temple- Walk 5 minutes- Entsuin Temple- Walk 10 minutes- Kanrantei Tea House- Walk 3 minutes- Sightseeing Boats- Walk 10 minutes- Matsushima Kaigan Station- Senseki Line 30 minutes- Arrive Sendai Station