One Day Journey to Matsushima

One Day Journey to Matsushima

If you travel by train just 40 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.

Recommended course

Estimated cost: 3,940JPY(JR Sendai Station to Matsushima Kaigan Station Round-Trip 840 JPY, Entsuin Temple Entrance Fee 300 JPY, Zuiganji Temple Entrance Fee 700 JPY, Kanrantei Tea House Entry 200 JPY + Matcha Tea Set from 400 JPY, Matsushima Bay Sightseeing Boat 1,500 JPY)

Sendai Station
JR Senseki Line (40 min.)


Matsushima Kaigan Station

Walk (10 min.)

01. Entsuin Temple

Walk (5 min.)

02. Zuiganji Temple

Walk (10 min.)

03. Godaido Temple

Walk (5 min.)

04. Kanrantei Tea House

Walk (3 min.)

05. Sightseeing Boats

Walk (10 min.)

Matsushima Kaigan Station

JR Senseki Line (30 min.)

Sendai Station


 

01. Entsuin Temple

 

Entsuin Temple features the mausoleum of the grandson of samurai ruler Date Masamune, who died mysteriously at age 19. It features beautiful moss gardens as well as a rock garden which represents the islands of Matsushima Bay.

Admission fee: Adults 300JPY
Information: https://sendai-travel.jp/places/entsuin/

02. Zuiganji Temple

 


Zuiganji Temple, a National Treasure and Important Cultural Property, is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temples in northern Japan. It was originally established in 828AD by the legendary priest Jikaku Daishi who also founded temples in Hiraizumi and Yamadera.

Admission fee: Adults 700 JPY
Information: https://sendai-travel.jp/places/zuiganji/

03. Godaido Temple

 


With its prominent location overlooking Matsushima Bay, Godaido is a must-see symbol of Matsushima. It was first founded in 807. The building we see today was reconstructed by Date Masamune in 1604. It is named for the five Buddhas of wisdom housed within. The Buddhas inside Godaido are only shown during a special ceremony once every 33 years.

Information: https://sendai-travel.jp/places/godaido/

04. Kanrantei Tea House

 


This tea house of the ruling Date family once served samurai, princesses and royal guests. Today, anyone can enter Kanrantei and enjoy matcha green tea and sweets while viewing the gentle rippling waters of Matsushima Bay.

Admission fee: Adults 200JPY * Matcha Tea Set from 400 JPY
Information: https://sendai-travel.jp/activities/kanrantei-tea-house/

05. Sightseeing Boats

 


The best way to see the 260 islands in Matsushima Bay is by boat.
Several companies offer sightseeing boat trips around Matsushima Bay.

Fare: Adults 1,500JPY
Information: https://sendai-travel.jp/places/boat-trips-matshushima/