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[[Image:Matsushima.jpg|thumb|240px|One of Matsushima's many pine islands]]
  
 
'''Matsushima''' (松島; [http://www.town.matsushima.miyagi.jp]) is a small town in [[Miyagi|Miyagi prefecture]], northeastern [[Japan]].
 
'''Matsushima''' (松島; [http://www.town.matsushima.miyagi.jp]) is a small town in [[Miyagi|Miyagi prefecture]], northeastern [[Japan]].
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Today's Matsushima is perhaps a little less inspiring, but still a worthwhile day trip or relaxing overnight destination if in the region.
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Today's Matsushima is perhaps a little less inspiring, but still a worthwhile day trip if in the region.
 
 
The town did not suffer significant damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake; the tsunami damage was minimal and was mostly repaired by May of 2011. The scenery, temples, shrines, sightseeing boats and museums are still open and still worth the trip.
 
 
 
The Senseki train from Sendai was fully restored to Matsushima-kaigan station in 2011 and restored through to Ishinomaki in May 2015.
 
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By train===
 
===By train===
Most visitors arrive on the '''JR Senseki Line''' (仙石線) connecting Sendai (40 minutes by local train) and [[Ishinomaki]].  Trains bound for Ishinomaki or Takagimachi will pass through Matsushima-Kaigan Station. Trains bound for Tagajo or a Shiogama Station will stop short of Matsushima-Kaigan and you will need to change trains. The most convenient station is '''Matsushima-Kaigan''' (松島海岸).  The Matsushima station on the JR Tohoku Line is a 15-20 minute walk from the waterfront.
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Most visitors arrive on the '''JR Senseki Line''' (仙石線) connecting Sendai (25 minutes by express train or 40 minutes by local) and [[Ishinomaki]].  The most convenient station is '''Matsushima-Kaigan''' (松島海岸).  The Matsushima station on the JR Tohoku Main Line is located a fair distance away from the seashore.
  
From [[Tokyo]], the Shinkansen bullet train runs to Sendai for connection to the Senseki Line. The total one-way fare is &yen;10,900 using the fastest, all-reserved shinkansen service, and the journey to Matsushima-Kaigan lasts around 2 3/4 hours. There is no charge if you use the Japan Rail Pass.
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From [[Tokyo]], the Shinkansen bullet train runs to Sendai for connection to the Senseki Line. The total one-way fare is &yen;10900 using the fastest, all-reserved shinkansen service, and the journey to Matsushima-Kaigan lasts around 2 3/4 hours. There is no charge if you use the Japan Rail Pass.
  
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
Another popular choice is to take the JR Senseki line train to [[Hon-Shiogama]] (don't mistake it with JR Tohoku Line train to Shiogama station), connect to a sightseeing boat to Matsushima (50 minutes; 1500 yen, viewing some of the famous islands along the way), then return to Sendai by train.
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Another popular choice is to take the train to [[Hon-Shiogama]], connect to a sightseeing boat to Matsushima (viewing some of the famous islands along the way), then return by train.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Matsushima's seaside attractions are within walking distance of the train station and ferry pier, but the best views are from hilltops not so easy to reach on foot. The easiest to get to is Shin Tomiyama, a panoramic overlook nestled on a back-road between Matsushima station and Zuiganji Temple. The most spectacular views are from Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park, a &yen;660 cab ride up from Matsushima-Kaigan station or 20 minute walk. It is covered with cherry blossoms in the spring. A new cafe opened in October 2015, Cafe le Roman, which serves excellent French-inspired food and snacks. Other overlooks are Sōkanzan, a promontory that juts out into the bay, and &#332;Ogitani, a hill across the coastal highway from Sokanzan. Both are 25-30 minute walks from Matsushima-Kaigan Station or a 10 minute bicycle ride (rental cycles available at Aihara Shoten next to Matsushima-Kaigan station.)
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Matsushima's seaside attractions are within walking distance of the train station and ferry pier, but the best views are from mountaintops not so easy to reach on foot. The most spectacular views are from Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park, a &yen;660 cab ride up from the station. It is covered with cherry blossoms in the spring, but the food available there is nothing special. Other overlooks are Sōkanzan, a promontory that juts out into the bay, and &#332;gitani, a hill across the coastal highway from Sokanzan.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
* <see name="Zuigan-ji Temple" alt="瑞巌寺" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.zuiganji.or.jp/" hours="8AM-3:30PM (later in summer)" price="&yen;700">Matsushima's top Zen temple with over a thousand years of history, holding impressive national treasures. The Hondo (main building) reopened in April 2016 after a once in a century restoration process, revealing impressive pressed cold walls, elaborate carvings and charcoal-painted walls. Artifacts that were in the museum have been returned to their proper places within the temple building itself. Tickets are sold from vending machines outside and include museum admissionConstruction on inner gates is expected to continue until 2018. The approach with its moss-covered Kannon statues is atmospheric. Repairs on the main temple roof started in 2009 and are projected to last 5 or more years.</see>
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* '''Zuigan-ji Temple''' (瑞巌寺). [http://www.zuiganji.or.jp/]. Matsushima's top Zen temple with over a thousand years of history, but not a top choice for relaxation: tickets (&yen;700) are sold from vending machines and guides shouting into megaphones herd tour groups through the temple, which has been turning into a museum with everything of interest partitioned off and/or packaged in glass cases.  The approach with its moss-covered Kannon statues is atmospheric though. Open 8 AM to 3:30 PM (or later) daily.
  
* <see name="Kanran-tei Pavilion" alt="観覧亭" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Originally built in Kyoto by famed Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, this was eventually moved to Matsushima by Date Tadamune in 1645 and is the largest Momoyama-style tea house in Japan.  An excellent place to stop for a cup of tea (entry &yen;200, traditional Japanese matcha and sweets extra) and a view of the Matsushima coastline.</see>
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* '''Kanran-tei Pavilion''' (観覧亭). Originally built in Kyoto by famed Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, this was eventually moved to Matsushima by Date Tadamune in 1645 and is the largest Momoyama-style tea house in Japan.  An excellent place to stop for a &yen;200 cup of tea (traditional Japanese sweets included) and a view of the Matsushima coastline.
  
* <see name="Fukuura Island" alt="福浦島; Fukuura-jima" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Connected to the mainland by a long bridge, Fukuurajima Island is crisscrossed in all directions by paths small and large, paved and muddy, well-trod and overgrown. A circuit of the island won't take more than an hour and there are some beautiful spots to be seen.  An interesting anecdote, there is a local superstition that you will meet the love of your life crossing the bridge (出会い橋)</see>
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* '''Fukuura-jima Island''' (福浦島). Connected to the mainland by a long bridge, the island is crisscrossed in all directions by pathsexs small and large, paved and muddy, well-trod and overgrown. A circuit of the island won't take more than an hour and there are some very sparsely beautiful spots to be seen.  An interesting anecdote, there is a local superstition that crossing the bridge with a girlfriend/boyfriend will cause a breakup.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
* <do name="&#332;takamori" alt="大高森" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">One of The 4 Famous Places to view Matsushima Bay (四大観)and a good place to catch the sunset over the islands.  The start of the 1-km trail to the top is across from the Oku-Matsushima Kanko Hotel on Miyato Island in Oku-Matsushima.</do>
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* '''&#332;takamori''' (大高森). One of The 4 Famous Places to view Matsushima Bay and a good place to catch the sunset over the island.  The start of the 1-km trail to the top is some 3 kilometers from the Pila Youth Hostel in Oku-Matsushima.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
* <eat name="Date Shojin Kaiseki Ryori Ungai" alt="" address="67 Chonai, Matsushima-aza" directions="" phone="+81 22 353 2626" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine next to Entsuin Temple.</eat>
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*'''Date Shojin Kaiseki Ryori Ungai''', 67 Chonai, Matsushima-aza. Tel:''+81 22 353 2626'' - traditional vegetarian cuisine.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Palace Matsushima" alt="パレス松洲" address="Hama38, Takagi, Matsushima-machi" directions="" phone="+81-22-354-2106" url="http://www.palace-matsushima.jp" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Small public accommodation nestled on the shores of Matsushima.</sleep>
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* '''Pila Matsushima/Oku-Matsushima YH''' (パイラ松島・奥松島YH). Tel. 0225-88-2220, [http://www.jyh.or.jp/english/touhoku/pila/index.html]. Good youth hostel inconveniently located a few stops out from Matsushima-Kaigan on the Senseki Line and a 15-minute trek down from JR Nobiru (野蒜) station to boot. On the plus side, this is a great way to see the less tourist Oku-Matsushima region of the archipelago. Offers bicycles for rent for about 600¥ per day, with which you can explore the coasts around Oku-Matsushima.
 
 
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
 
* You can continue eastward from here towards [[Kinkazan]].
 
* You can continue eastward from here towards [[Kinkazan]].
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[[ja:松島]]
  
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[[wts:Category:Matsushima (Miyagi)]]
 
 
[[WikiPedia:Matsushima]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Matsushima]]

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