Matsushima

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Located half an hour outside of Sendai, Matsushima (松島) is famous for its bay, which is dotted by many pine clad islets and has been ranked one of Japan's three most scenic views for centuries. The small town is also known for Zuiganji, one of the Tohoku Region's most important Zen temples.

Matsushima was hit by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, but escaped major damage thanks to its protected location inside the island dotted bay. Most tourist attractions, shops and hotels reopened within a few weeks or months of the earthquake.

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Oshima Island

Small island accessible to the public.

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Entsuin Temple

Mausoleum of a lord's son, next to Zuiganji.

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Kanrantei

Tea house overlooking the Bay of Matsushima.

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Godaido

Small temple hall and symbol of Matsushima.

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