Zuigan-ji is an old temple founded in 828 and located at Matsushima-kaigan, a beach that is one of the most renowned scenic spots in Japan. Later the Date family, rulers of this region, made it their bodai-jo (the family grave site) and used the temple for holding Buddhist memorial services for the repose of departed souls of the family for many generations. Construction of the present-day building took five years and was completed in 1609 by Date Masamune, famed ruler of this region. The building is constructed in the ornate Momoyama style of the late 16th century, a style used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, supreme warlord of Japan in the latter half of the 16th century, to demonstrate his power. The Peacock Room in the main hall, designated a National Treasure, is variegated with richly colored carvings, giving visitors a glimpse of the style common during this period. The O-nari-mon ("gate of honor") and Naka-mon ("inner gate") have been designated Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government.
Address: 91 Matsushima-machinai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi
Admission Fee: 700 yen (regular fee)
[Walk]JR Matsushima-kaigan Stn./5-min. walk