Oh ~ Matsushima and Zuiganji and Entsu-in ~ Highlights of Japan’s Three Scenic Views Matsushima and Information on Walking around Fukuura Island (Ground Level)



Introduction of Matsushima

This is sightseeing information on the famous sightseeing spot " Matsushima " which is famous as one of Japan’s three most scenic spots .
It is also said that Basho wrote “Matsushima, oh, Matsushima and Matsushima" in Matsushima, a place of elegance, even though Kano Matsuo was on Oshu’s pilgrimage.


First of all, I would like to introduce a cultural property in Matsushima from Zuiganji.


Zuiganji is a temple of the Rinzai sect Myoshinji sect and was founded during the Heian period.
In the old days, it was also called Matsushima-ji.

When you enter the grounds from the main gate of Zuiganji, there is a straight approach.
However, please go through the side street on your right.
There are countless cave ruins (training grounds) on the rock surface as shown below.

The following is the “Unagizuka", a memorial monument for eels caught in Matsushima Bay.

These will be overlooked if you go straight on the approach, so be sure to take a stroll along the side road to the right.


Zuiganji Temple was protected by Oshu Fujiwara of Hiraizumi, and during the Kamakura period, when Hojo Tokiyori visited Matsushima as a traveling monk, he saw the Zuiganji Festival and was protected by the Hojo Family.
However, a series of fires, etc., seemed to be abandoned at the end of the Warring States period.
Therefore, Masamune Date, who built Sendai Castle , comes up with the idea of ​​rebuilding Zuiganji. However, it seems that there was also a plan to turn this Matsushima coast in front of “Matsushima Bay", which is easy to stranded, into a fortress for military purposes. It is said that Date Masamune territorially designed (self-designed), and wood was cut out from the mountains of Kumano in Kishu and transported by sea. The carpenters invited Hikozaemon Umemura’s family and Kuniji Sabemon’s 130 craftsmen.

As you pass through the path of the cave archeological sites at Zuiganji, you will join the approach to the shrine in front of the central gate, where you will receive paid viewing.
The following is the main hall of Zuiganji Temple, which is paid and is designated as a national treasure.


Reconstruction work was performed from 1604 to 1609, and the surviving national treasure building, the main hall (Motokata Jo) and the back of the warehouse (Kuri) were completed as “Matsushima Seiryuzan Zuigan Enfukuzenji".
Inside the main hall, you can take a prayer whilst taking off your shoes. You can see rich and valuable cultural properties such as “Upper tier and Upper tier".
However, inside photography is prohibited.


You can also visit the treasure house (back of the house), so be sure to go.
The back of the bunker is one of the three largest bunches in Japan, along with Myoushin-ji and Myoho-in in Kyoto, but it is certainly a very large and magnificent garage.
By the way, the storehouse refers to the “kitchen" building of the temple.


There is also a treasure hall, Seiryuden on the south side of the back of the warehouse.
At first glance, you may feel that a separate fee is required, but you can enter the museum within the fee for paying a visit, so please by all means.
Photography is prohibited, but the wooden Masamune Date is on display.


In addition, “Yokutoku-in", where Masamune Date’s Masamuro and Aihime sleep , is also adjacent, but it is usually closed and can only be seen during special exhibitions (irregular).

By the way, paid viewing time of Matsushima Zuiganji is from 8 am.
Please note that the museum closes early from April to September 17:00, March and October until 16:30, February and November 16:00, and January and December 15:30.

As of 2016, the admission fee was ¥ 700 for high school students and ¥ 400 for junior high and elementary school students.
It is a 5-minute walk from JR Matsushima Kaigan Station, but there is no parking, so you will need to use a coin parking nearby.

There is also an entsu-in by the side, so please drop in if time allows.


Entsuin (Entsuin) is also a bodhi-ji temple of Date Komune who was 19 years old.
Paid admission will be accepted at the following gate.


After passing through the gate, it was a green precinct.

Then turn left and you will see a rock garden and a pond.
It seems to be lighted up, but I think that the autumn leaves are probably beautiful.


Date Mitsune was the second son of Date Tadamune, the second lord of the feudal lord, and the adoption of Hidetada , Tokugawa, and was expected to be the third feudal lord in the future. When he arrived in Edo, he died of illness.
The following Entsu-in, Sankei-den will be the Otamaya of Date Mitsumune.


It is said that Sankeiden’s kitchen, designated as an important cultural property of the country, depicts roses brought back by Hasekura Tsunecho who traveled to Europe as Keicho’s mission to Europe and daffodils that symbolize Florence, I could only see the inside from the front.
The main hall, Daiyatei, was demolished and rebuilt from the building that was used as the Edo Noryotei of Date Mitsune.

In the main hall, there is a sacred Kanzeon Bodhisattva.


In addition, the garden near the main hall was also very good.

The following is the “Shirakamine Western Garden", which is a rose garden brought back by Hasekura Tomonaga.


The garden visit is open all year round, from April to November from 8:30 to 17:00, and from December to March from 9:00 to 16:00.
As of 2016, the admission fee was 300 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school students, and 100 yen for junior high and elementary school students.
There is no parking lot, so you will use coin parking nearby.

Next is Godaido which is indispensable for Matsushima sightseeing.


Godaido is located on a small island close to Matsushima’s sightseeing pier.

It is said that this Godaido began with the establishment of Bishamon-do in 807 when Maro Sakauedamura traveled to Oshu.
Date Masamune was rebuilt in 1604 prior to the revival of Zuiganji, and is considered the oldest Momoyama architecture in Tohoku and has been designated as a national important cultural property.

There is also a theory that Date Masamune is a hidden fort.
It is connected to the island where the Godaido is located by a bridge, and you can freely visit the island for free, but you will not be able to cross the bridge in the evening.

From Godaido, the view of the islands floating on the sea is also good, so I hope you visit.

IMG_3077Next up is Fukuura Island.

Fukuura Island

Fukuurajima (Fukuurajima) is a slightly larger island floating in the east of the Matsushima coast, and is the prefectural nature park Fukuurajima.
It is connected to the land by a 252 meter long vermilion bridge, so you can easily see it.


It is Fukuura Island, but to land, we go over the following Fukuura Bridge, but it will be paid admission in that trouble.
200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children, business hours from 8:00 to 17:00 (from November to February until 16:30).


There are walking paths in Fukuura Island, and there is an “observation deck” in the direction of the tip.
It’s easy to walk, but I think it’s a little hard if you use high heels.

There were tea shops and light meals on the island, but you can bring your own lunch.
Some get down to the sandy beaches, and some jumble at the beach.

The following is Benzaiten. It was in the middle of the walking course.


Below is a view of Matsushima from the observatory.
As it has started to rain, the picture is dark, but please take care.


Coco Fukuura Island is the best way to experience Matsushima from land.
There are some slopes on the way, but there is not much kick.
I went to the observatory and the sightseeing time was about 30 minutes.


Transportation to the Matsushima

By the way, how to get to and access Matsushima from JR Sendai Station, get off at Matsushima Kaigan Station on the JR Sengoku Line.
In the case of cars, there are lots of coin parking lots and toll parking lots in Matsushima, so if you are not crowded on weekends and holidays, there is not much to worry about parking lots.
In addition, high-speed access has become easier with the opening of the Sanriku Expressway.
There is also a roadside station.
IMG_3076It took about 1 hour and 30 minutes to travel around the facilities introduced above.
It takes two hours to look slowly.
This time , I mentioned the title of “Ground Edition" of Matsushima, Japan’s three scenic Matsushima along with " Miyajima " and " Amanohashidate “. It is highly recommended that Matsushima take a boat around Matsushima Bay.
260 islands in Matsushima Bay welcome you.

Map of Matsushima tourist spots introduced

Map of ZuiganjiMap of Entsu-inMap of GodaidoMap of Fukuura Island