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Godaido (五大堂, Godaidō) 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 were enshrined by the same priest who also founded nearby Zuiganji Temple. The statues are displayed to the public only once every 33 years - the next time is scheduled for 2039.

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.

Getting there and around

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

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    • Matsushima Ichinobo
      Luxury
      Featuring free property-wide WiFi, a spa centre and a seasonal outdoor pool, Matsushima Ichinobo offers accommodation in Matsushima. The ryokan has a hot spring bath and sauna, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this ryokan is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. For your comfort, you will find yukata robes, slippers and free toiletries. There is free shuttle service, gift shop, and shops at the property. Zuiganji Temple is located 1.2 km away. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 30 km from the property.
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    • Uchi Matsushima Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Uchi is situated in Matsushima, 200 metres from Zuigan-ji Temple. Guests can enjoy listening to music or watching TV in the common area. You will find a shared lounge at the property. There is a hot spring bath facility, a 5-minute drive from the property. Property prepares a coupon for the hot spring. A convenience store is located 10 minutes walk away from Uchi Matsushima Guesthouse. The property is a 7-minute walk from Matsushimakaigan Station. Guests can also enjoy sightseeing at Zuigan-ji Temple, or walk across the street to the boat pier and book a cruise ship tour.
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    • Komatsu-kan Kofu-tei
      Luxury
      Located right in front of Matsushima Bay, Komatsukan Kofu-tei offers accommodations with free wired internet access. Guests can refresh in the public hot-spring baths and enjoy traditional multi-course meals in their rooms. A free shuttle is available from JR Matsushima Kaigan Train Station, which is a 5-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Most rooms have tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding, while some rooms come with a private open-air bath. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths or reserve a hot-spring bath for private use. Massages can be requested for an extra cost and local souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop. Luggage storage and laptop rentals are available at the front desk. Local fresh seafood and ingredients are offered in the traditional multi-course meals. Kofutei Komatsukan is a 10-minute walk from Godaido Shrine and a 15-minute walk from Zugan-ji Temple.
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    • Matsushima Koumura
      Mid-range
      Located in Matsushima in the Miyagi region with Entsuin Temple nearby, Matsushima Koumura provides accommodation with free private parking, as well as access to a hot tub. There is a private entrance at the ryokan for the convenience of those who stay. The ryokan features family rooms. The units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a hot tub, slippers and a desk. Featuring a private bathroom with a bath and a hair dryer, units at the ryokan also provide guests with free WiFi. All units include a shared bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen. Guests can also relax in the garden. Shiogama Shrine is 10 km from the ryokan, while Sendai City Community Support Center is 24 km away. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 35 km from Matsushima Koumura.
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    • Hotel Matsushima Taikanso
      Luxury
      Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Hotel Matsushima Taikanso offers accommodation in Matsushima, 1 km from Zuigen Temple. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a 24-hour front desk and gift shop at the property. Guests can enjoy a buffet of Japanese, Chinese and Western-style cuisine for dinner. For breakfast, there is a buffet of Japanese and Western-style dishes. Entsuin Temple is 900 metres away from the property. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 28 km from Hotel Matsushima Taikanso.
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    • Matsushima Petit Hotel Bistro Abalon
      Mid-range
      Located on a hilltop, Petit Hotel Bistro Abalon boasts sweeping views of the ocean and Matsushima Islands, renowned as one of the Three Views of Japan. It offers Western and Japanese-style rooms, a garden and free WiFi at all areas. A free shuttle runs to/from Matsushima Kaigan Station. Free private parking is available on site. Air-conditioned rooms at the Petit Hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an attached bathroom. Yukata robes and complimentary green tea are provided. Japanese-style rooms feature a terrace, a tatami (woven-straw) floor and traditional futon bedding. A Western-style Kaiseki course meal featuring fresh local Miyagi and Matsushima seafood are served for dinner upon reservation, at least 1 day in advance. There are 2 private baths available at the property, one is for family use, and the other bath features a goemon traditional Japanese bathtub. The bathtub for family use is 120 cm wide and 160 cm long. Matsushima Petit Hotel Bistro Abalon is a 7-minute walk from Matsushima Kaigan Station, and a 15-minute stroll from Zuigan-ji Temple.
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    • Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Premium Hotel Sokan
      Mid-range
      Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Premium Hotel Sokan is located in Matsushima, 11 km from Shiogama Shrine, 25 km from Sendai City Community Support Center, as well as 1.6 km from Entsuin Temple. This ryokan provides free private parking and a 24-hour front desk. Guests also enjoy access to the sauna and hot spring bath, as well as the public bath and open-air bath. The ryokan offers certain units with city views, and all units come with a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the ryokan. At Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Premium Hotel Sokan, the family-friendly restaurant is open for dinner and serves Japanese cuisine. You can play table tennis at this 3-star ryokan. Sendai Toshogu is 22 km from the accommodation, while Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi is 23 km away. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 35 km from Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Premium Hotel Sokan.
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    • Shintomi-tei
      Mid-range
      Offering Japanese-style rooms, Shintomi-tei offers public indoor/outdoor public baths and relaxing massages. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby area and free parking is on-site. A free shuttle is available from JR Matsushima Train Station, which is a 5-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floor and Japanese futon bedding. A flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea are included in each. Guests can wear the provided Japanese Yukata robes and the en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop and enjoy late-night snacks at the karaoke bar. Japanese set menus are served for breakfast and dinner at the dining room. Shintomi-tei Inn is a 10-minute walk from Entsu-in Temple and Zuigan-ji Temple. Matsushima Bay is a 15-minute walk away. JR Sendai Train Station is a 35-minute train ride away.
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