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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku - Miyagi - Sanriku Coast
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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Attractions
 1  Matsushima Bay
Matsushima Bay's famous pine clad islets.
User rating: 84/100 (214 votes)
Visited by: 406 users
 2  Zuiganji Temple
One of Tohoku's most famous Zen temples.
User rating: 78/100 (116 votes)
Visited by: 229 users
 3  Oshima Island
Small island accessible to the public.
User rating: 79/100 (65 votes)
Visited by: 127 users
 4  Entsuin Temple
Mausoleum of a lord's son, next to Zuiganji.
User rating: 75/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 94 users
 5  Fukuura Island
Island accessible via a long bridge.
User rating: 75/100 (55 votes)
Visited by: 110 users
 6  Kanrantei
Tea house overlooking the Bay of Matsushima.
User rating: 73/100 (18 votes)
Visited by: 50 users
 7  Godaido
Small temple hall and symbol of Matsushima.
User rating: 70/100 (80 votes)
Visited by: 163 users
  

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