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Godaido Hall
# 3   of 7 most visited
sights in Matsushima

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Godaido is a small temple hall on an islet just next to the pier. Due to its prominent location, it has become a symbol of Matsushima. Godaido was built in 807 and contains five statues which where enshrined by the same priest who founded nearby Zuiganji. The statues are displayed to the public only once every 33 years, and were last displayed in 2006.

The present building is a 1604 reconstruction by the local feudal lord Date Masamune. The hall's exterior is decorated by small carvings of the twelve animals of the lunar calendar, three on each side. Despite its exposed location, the Godaido did not suffer any major damage in the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.

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How to get there
Godaido stands just next to the pier of Matsushima, a ten minute walk from JR Matsushima Kaigan Station.

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Hours and Fees
Hours:8:30 to 17:00
Closed:No closing days
Admission:Free

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