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Oshima (雄島) is a small, pine tree covered island close to the pier of Matsushima. The island can be accessed over a short bridge free of charge and offers some pleasant, short walks. There are multiple small shrines dotted about the island and places where nice views can be had of the bay.

Oshima used to be a retreat for monks, and decorated meditation caves can still be found on the island. The bridge to Oshima was destroyed in the 2011 tsunami, but was rebuilt and reopened two years later.

Getting there and around

Oshima is a 5-10 minute walk from Matsushima-Kaigan Station or a 15 minute walk from Matsushima Pier.

How to get to and around Matsushima

Hotels around Matsushima

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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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    • 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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    • Matsushima Koumura
      Mid-range
      Located in Matsushima, within 1.4 km of Entsuin Temple and 8 km of Shiogama Fish market, Matsushima Koumura provides accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The ryokan features family rooms. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a hot tub, slippers and a desk. The shared bathroom is equipped with a shower and free toiletries. All rooms include a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. At the ryokan guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Popular points of interest near Matsushima Koumura include Matsushima Fish Market, Godaido Temple and Zuigan-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Sendai Airport, 34 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • 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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