Matsushima Bay

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  • Matsushima In Miyagi Prefecture

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Matsushima Bay belongs to one of Japan's three most scenic views like the 3.6 km long sand spit of Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture and Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture. More than 260 islands covered by pines (matsu) and white rocks are located within the beautiful and picturesque Matsushima Bay.


In 2011 on March 11th a huge tsunami hit the Matsushima Bay. Since then the region has completely recovered and all major attractions are open for the public again.


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Matsushima Bay is located in Miyagi Prefecture near the city Sendai.

How to get to Matsushima Bay?

  • 24min from Sendai to Matsushima-kaigan Station served by JR Senseki Line

Sightseeing spots


Cruise Ship - great way to explore Matsushima Bay on board of a cruise ship (time: 50min for 1400 yen, start at Matsushima-sanbashi Pier)

four famous view spots - Ogi-tani, Tomi-yama, Tamon-zan and Otaka-mori are called the 4 grandest views in Matsushima

Zuigan-ji Temple - the Zen temple was built in 828

Godai-do Temple - built in 807, considered as the symbol of Matsushima

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Matsushima Oyster Festival or Kaki Matsuri (first Sunday in Feb)
The Oyster Festival is a celebration of the delicious little bivalve. You can purchase oysters there and cook them on a nearly 100 meter long grill.

Where to stay in Matsushima?

My 100 Best Moments in Japan

Train ride from Osaka to Kyoto

I am visiting Japan nearly every year since 2004. This is my collection of the 100 best moments in my favourite country. Enjoy the pictures and I hope you will start your own journey soon.
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