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1-1 Ichimoriyama, Shiogama 985-8510, Miyagi Prefecture
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Reviewed January 20, 2018

Even there were only few trees in front of temple garden/museum, near the small public toilet, but the view of small Shiki (all-four-season) sakura flower in the evening (about 3pm because sun would set around 4.30pm in winter) was so beautiful. The garden in front...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2017

We visited Shiogama from Sendai. Because the grounds have such a variety of sakura some were at peak while others were gone by. The window of opportunity for sakura viewing lasts a long time. The shrine was readying for a matsuri and, unfortunately, several stalls...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 13, 2017

We were there just at the beginning of the Sakura blossoming period. The gardens are beautiful, a parallel universe accessible by a very long stairway, but worth the effort. I'll come again...

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Yumyum108
Reviewed October 27, 2016

I visited the jinja in early October. Though I didn't see maple leaves turning read, the surroundings and the buildings blend into each other well. Picturesque views are everywhere. A quiet place, great for take a walk there and get a glimpse of the bird...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Claireliu88
Reviewed May 24, 2016

We scheduled our day trip to Shiogama on 4/16 Saturday as there're cherry blossom festival at Shiohama shrine and a sake distillery tasting during 4/15-4/16. From the station to the shrine, you can see several signs in Japanese about how high Tsunami reached. Surprisingly the...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Seven W
Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

We visited durng cherry blossom season and were awed! Absolutely beautiful, serene shrine and temple in a gorgeous landscape. We made a day trip on the shinkansen from Tokyo and highly recommend others do too!

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Nellie L
Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

It will reach the shrine by climbing a hill. From the shrine overlooking the Matsushima Bay. Red building in the fall of the sky was very Japanese-style landscape.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed September 24, 2014

Uragasumi and Shiogama Shrine should be a set menu in visiting Shiogama, because Uragasumi used (and I believe they still do) brew sake to be dedicated to gods of Shiogama Shrine. We called earlier to make an appointment for a visit. A lady showed us...More

Date of experience: February 2014
Thank Seatac405
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Shiogama shrine and its Japanese garden are very well arranged and decorated, beautiful place to visit it at the same day with Matsushima since it is very close to It.

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

Shiogama Jinja is about 20 min walk from JR Honshiogama Station. You can access the temple either by climbing up the steep flight of steps. Or take a easy short cut via the shrine before Shiogama Jinja. During April, on the 4th Sunday, a spring...More

Date of experience: April 2012
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Shiogama Shrine visit (9 Replies)
Please can somebody advise me, roughly, how far is it to walk (walking time and distance, perhaps) from Honshiogama JR station on the JR Senseki Line (between Sendai and Matsushima)? We have a few hours available during our stay in Matsushima, and this sounded like a pretty interesting place to visit as we will have a JR pass valid anyway. We will have already done a boat tour of Matsushima Bay to see the pine clad islands, seemingly the main reason to visit Matsushima earlier the same...More
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It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the station to the main shrine entrance (the one with around 200 steps leading straight up to the shrine). As you walk along the main road to the shrine you'll see signs to other approaches, which look to be paths going uphill rather than steps. I don't know how long it would take if you took one of these paths, as we took the steps both ways. The paths don't *look* too steep, so if you prefer a longer, but gentle uphill climb to facing lots of steps,...More