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.
The mausoleum Sankeiden, an Important National Cultural Property, is decorated with designs and symbols brought back from Europe by a trade mission sent by Date Masamune 400 years ago. In honor of this mission, Entsuin features a western rose garden, which is unusual for a Buddhist temple.
During fall, Entsuin is open for special evening hours to view the brilliant colors of the maple leaves under lights.
Visitors can make a Buddhist bead bracelet for an additional fee.
- April-November: 8:30-17:00/ December-March: 9:00-16:00
- Adults 300 yen/ High school students 150 yen/ Middle/elementary school students 100 yen
- 5 minutes-walk from Matsushima-kaigan Sta. of JR Senseki Line
- 67, Chonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi prefecture