Discover Wonders. Matsushima Bay: Journey Through 1,000 Years of History

Model Course

Rental kimono Ume luv

The course includes must-see spots in Matsushima, such as Zuiganji Temple, Entsuin Temple and Kanrantei Tea House. By walking this course in a kimono, you will have an even more enjoyable and extraordinary experience. As tourist spots in Matsushima are concentrated around the station, you can travel at your own pace without being pressed for time.
Combining this course with another course for an overnight trip is also recommended.

09:30

JR Matsushimakaigan Sta.

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09:40

Enjoy a special time walking in a rental kimono

Rental kimono Ume luv
Rental kimono Ume luv
松島で着物レンタルなら当店へ!着物で松島観光を楽しんでみませんか?着物レンタル、着付けはもちろん、下駄、バッグなどの小物一式お貸しします。10時開店、17時までご返却で1日5,000円(浴衣は4,000円)。ブライダルフォトや侍コスプレなど、和装に関し幅広く対応しています。

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10:20

Relax in Date Masamune’s tea ceremony room, enjoying wonderful scenery

Kanrantei Tea House
Kanrantei Tea House
It is said that Kanrantei was originally a tea ceremony room in Fushimi Momoyama Castle and was bestowed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi to Date Masamune, then relocated to this place by Date Tadamune (Masamune's son) without change to any part of the room. It is dubbed as a moon-viewing palace. The painting on the sliding doors is designated as an Important Cultural Property by the national government, while the building is designated as a Tangible Cultural Property by the prefecture. A moon-viewing event is held around the harvest moon season. Why not indulge in romantic pursuits in a traditional Japanese manner?

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11:10

Cross the vermillion bridge to an island that was once a sacred place

Togetsukyo Bridge – Oshima Island
Togetsukyo Bridge – Oshima Island
Oshima Island is known as the innermost sanctum of Zuiganji Temple. The famous poet Matsuo Basho once visited this place. Buddha statues and priest names are engraved on the cave; it is believed that this place once was a religious training site for priests.

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11:50

Matsushima’s specialty, conger eel, is served in various styles

Conger eel dishes
Conger eel dishes
Around Matsushima, fresh conger eels are harvested by basket fishing. Many restaurants offer a wide variety of dishes featuring conger eels: tempura rice bowl, grilled conger eel, whole conger eel tempura, and sushi. During the best season from June to September, the "conger eel rice bowl campaign" is held every year.

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13:00

Never miss the elegant architecture of the Date clan’s family temple

Zuiganji Temple
Zuiganji Temple
Formally named "Shoto Seiryuzan Zuigan Enpuku Zenji," this is a Zen temple belonging to the Myoshinji sect of the Rinzai school. In 1609, Date Masamune completed this temple after a five-year construction work, and designated it as the family temple of the Date clan. The main hall, kitchen and some other areas are designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.

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14:00

Also known as “Moss Temple,” boasting a beautiful garden

Entsuin Temple
Entsuin Temple
A temple built to pray for the soul of Date Mitsumune (legitimate grandson of Date Masamune; who died young at the age of 19). On the premises is a National Important Cultural Property, Sankeiden Mausoleum, treasured by the Date clan for 350 years. A small shrine in the mausoleum features a picture of a rose, which was allegedly brought to Japan from Europe by Hasekura Tsunenaga. Entsuin Temple is known as a "rose temple" with a garden themed on that rose. There are four gardens (including the rose garden) on the premises, where visitors can enjoy seasonal beauty. Visitors can also try making their unique praying beads by selecting the beads they like. Near the main gate is enshrined a kannon (Goddess of Mercy) for matchmaking, visited by many people from across the nation seeking a good match in finding a partner, job or school. They write their wishes on a kokeshi doll, and dedicate it to the kannon.

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14:40

Bite into a fresh kamaboko you have grilled yourself!

Matsushima Kamaboko Hompo
Matsushima Kamaboko Hompo
A kamaboko (fish cake) shop with a history over 70 years with three shops in the town (the main shop, the Monzen shop and the Godaido shop). Fried tofu kamaboko "Mou" and cake-like "Datemon" are especially popular. In the shop, visitors can try grilling sasakama (bamboo leaf-shaped kamaboko) at 200 yen per piece.

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Abe Kamaboko Shop
Abe Kamaboko Shop
Abe Kamaboko Shop boasts a history of 80 years. Rare fish surimi of higher-grade is utilized to create kamaboko's unique fresh firm feel and highlight the original flavor of the fish. The sasakama (bamboo leaf-shaped kamaboko) grilling experience is also popular (210 yen per piece).

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15:30

Return the kimono to
“Rental kimono Ume luv”

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16:00

JR Matsushimakaigan Sta.

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