【Beautiful View】Tomiyama(Matsushima Town)
【Gorgeous View】Otakamori(Higashimatsushima City)
The islands in Matsushima Bay change their appearance depending on the season, time of day, and point of observation, making them a true wonder of nature.
The four best spots to view the beautiful bay scenery are known collectively as Matsushima Shitaikan. The scenery viewed from each of the four spots has its own name, given by Mannen Funayama, a Confucian living in the Sendai domain during the Edo period: Mysterious View, Beautiful View, Dynamic View, and Gorgeous View. Each spot provides a distinctive scenic view of Matsushima Bay.
Matsushima Bay offers impressive scenery that is sure to leave an imprint on your heart.
【Mysterious View】Ogitani(Matsushima Town)
【Dynamic View】Tamonzan(Shichigahama Town)
Since ancient times, Matsushima Bay has played an integral role in the lives of all who have lived in the area. The many interspersed archaeological remains dating back to the Jomon period (around 14,000 B.C. to 300 B.C.) indicate that the area has long been blessed with a variety of lush natural environments.
During the Nara and Heian periods (A.D. 710 to 794, and 794 to 1185, respectively), the establishment of Tagajo Castle, a provincial government office, enabled the area to flourish as a center of administration, military operations, and culture within the Tohoku region. At that time, the area was well known as a coveted destination among people living in what was then the capital of Japan, and served as a popular theme for poets.
In the Edo period, Date Masamune, a feudal load of the Sendai domain, developed the area. The status of this area has not changed much since then.
The beauty of the moon rising over Matsushima Bay and the view of islands illuminated by moonlight have fascinated not only notable historical figures, including Date Masamune and haiku poet Matsuo Basho, but also countless other travelers.
Blessed with a bountiful marine environment, Matsushima Bay delivers up impressive catches of a wide variety of seafood.
Specially selected fresh bigeye tuna called “Sanriku Shiogame Higashimono” is an excellent product highly rated by fish brokers. Oysters and edible seaweed are other typical local delicacies. Sushi made using seasonal fresh fish is extremely popular.
In addition, the area is also blessed with fertile soil and lavish agricultural produce. Asian pears with a sweet, rich flavor called “Rifu Nashi” and products made using wild rice produced in Tagajo City are not to be missed.
Enjoy all the specialties derived from the rich natural environment of the Matsushima Bay area.