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Matsushima Islands Area

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As a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, Matsushima Bay has charmed a great many people since long ago with its picturesque scenery. Places like Entsuu-in Temple are illuminated, particularly in the autumn foliage season, to produce a wondrous atmosphere. The Kanrantei, where visitors can enjoy all-season macha green tea, is also highly recommended! Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Date Masamune Historical Museum, who helped build the foundations of Sendai, as well as the Yakigaki House, where visitors can have all-you-can-eat oysters, a Matsushima specialty, and even try oyster burgers. Before embarking on a sightseeing cruise through the islands, head to a high vantage point, such as at Saigyomodoshi no Matsu Park, to see the entire scope of the bay. It will add another level to your enjoyment of the cruise. At Entsuu-in Temple, the rosary-making workshop is popular.

Street address

Matsushima Town


  • Walk from the JR Matsushimakaigan Station

Opening Hours

Varies depending on the establishment


Varies depending on the establishment


Entsuin Temple admission fee: adults: 300 yen, high school students: 150 yen, children (junior high and elementary school students): 100 yen

Kanrantei Teahouse admission fee: adults: 200 yen, high school and university students: 150 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen



Best season

All year


Activities available in Matsushima
・Sightseeing cruise
・Matcha (green tea) experience at Kanrantei Teahouse
・Shakyo (Buddhist sutra tracing) experience at Zuiganji
・Sasakama (bamboo-leaf-shaped fish paste) making experience workshop (Matsukama)
・Trying on armor and helmet at the Date Masamune Historical Museum
・Buddhist rosary-making workshop; autumn foliage light-up (November) at Entsuin Temple
・Oyster hot pot cruise (December-March)

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