Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Jobs
Friends
Shopping
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Food
-
Budget Travel
-
Shopping
-
Questions

Willer Express - Inexpensive Highway Bus Reservations in English

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku - Miyagi - Sanriku Coast
Matsushima 
# 42   of 170 destinations
in our travel guide

jump to:   access  -  ratings  -  links

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.

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

Attractions
 1  Matsushima Bay
Matsushima Bay's famous pine clad islets.
User rating: 84/100 (208 votes)
Visited by: 392 users
 2  Zuiganji Temple
One of Tohoku's most famous Zen temples.
User rating: 78/100 (116 votes)
Visited by: 219 users
 3  Oshima Island
Small island accessible to the public.
User rating: 79/100 (63 votes)
Visited by: 122 users
 4  Entsuin Temple
Mausoleum of a lord's son, next to Zuiganji.
User rating: 76/100 (41 votes)
Visited by: 88 users
 5  Fukuura Island
Island accessible via a long bridge.
User rating: 75/100 (51 votes)
Visited by: 106 users
 6  Kanrantei
Tea house overlooking the Bay of Matsushima.
User rating: 73/100 (18 votes)
Visited by: 49 users
 7  Godaido
Small temple hall and symbol of Matsushima.
User rating: 70/100 (78 votes)
Visited by: 156 users
  

Access and Orientation
Access and Orientation
How to get to and around Matsushima.

About transportation in Japan

Advertisement

User Ratings
Ratings for Matsushima:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  outstanding  
User Rating (by 280 users):
82/100
  recommended

Best rated destinations (out of 160):
61.  Noboribetsu   83/100
62.  Amanohashidate   83/100
63.  Kusatsu Onsen   83/100
64.  Akiyoshidai   82/100
65.  Iya Valley   82/100
66.  Matsushima   82/100
67.  Hiraizumi   82/100
68.  Ise Shima   82/100
69.  Shirakami Sanchi   82/100
70.  Izu Peninsula   82/100
Most visited destinations (out of 170):
37.  Kurashiki   659
38.  Dazaifu   635
39.  Mount Koya   626
40.  Karuizawa   619
41.  Furano   600
42.  Matsushima   598
43.  Takamatsu   551
44.  Shirakawa-go   543
45.  Matsuyama   537
46.  Aomori   496

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

Japanese Links
Matsushima Town
Official website.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages
Travel
Sightseeing
Tohoku Region
Miyagi Prefecture
Sanriku Coast

Matsushima Bay
Zuiganji Temple
Entsuin Temple
Godaido Hall
Kanrantei Tea House
Oshima Island
Fukuura Island

Nihon Sankei

Matsushima: Access and Orientation

News and Reports
April 18, 2013
Sendai Report
by scott
April 21, 2011
After the Earthquake: A trip to Matsushima
by schauwecker

Related Questions
Basho Cruise timetable
 2 reactions, last updated 368 days ago
Matsushima cruise
 4 reactions, last updated 638 days ago
Matsushima
 11 reactions, last updated 817 days ago
Matsushima Bay Cruise company
 5 reactions, last updated 887 days ago
Matsushima: Cruise & Food Questions
 12 reactions, last updated 1633 days ago
Matsushima in December
 4 reactions, last updated 1635 days ago
Sendai and matsushima
 3 reactions, last updated 1691 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: August 28, 2012
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - 広告について - advertising