Over 260 splendid islands on the tranquil Matsushima Bay. Zuiganji Temple represents ancient 17th century Japanese architecture.
Matsushima is located in the central region of Miyagi Prefecture. Some 260 islands, large and small, are scattered throughout the picturesque Matsushima Bay. The view of Matsushima changes from place-to-place and from-season-to-season, and the area is so beautiful that it has been designated as one of the three most scenic sites of Japan. In December 2013, Matsushima joined the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club.
Dotted with small islands covered by black and red pines and light grayish-colored rocks, the views of Matsushima Bay from the four panoramic views (also known as “Matsushima Shidaikan”) of Ogi-dani, Tomi-yama, Otaka-mori, and Tamon-zan are truly spectacular. With its stunning island scenery, the place is frequented by visitors all year round.
Zuiganji Temple, a Zen temple first built in 828, stands today facing Matsushima Bay. In 1604, by orders of Date Masamune, feudal lord who reigned over this region, the construction of the present buildings commenced and was completed five years late. The main hall and other buildings are designated as national treasures. They are highly valued as representatives of the classic Japanese architectural style of that period.
[Rail] 1 hour 30 minutes to Sendai Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train)
Approximately 40 minutes from Sendai Station to Matsushima Kaigan Station on the JR Senseki Line
[Air] 1 hour 10 minutes from Itami Airport to Sendai Airport