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91 Matsushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun 981-0213, Miyagi Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a stunning place! The forest setting and the beautiful temple are absolutely wonderful. It’s possible to walk through the main temple (shoes off), and this is a real treat. There is a museum to visit as well and whilst the pieces While interesting, there...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Brad_Herbert
Reviewed June 23, 2019 via mobile

This was pretty fascinating. You get to see 6 inch thick tatami mats, details on the construction on the rather excellent root and a whole bunch of other stuff. If you want to see the bones of a clan leader's pad, come here.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank david_in_oregon
Reviewed May 25, 2019

The tsunami of 2011 destroyed the massive Gate to Zuiganji and sadly decimated the beautiful forest leading up to the temple. The salt water of the tsunami destroyed all the trees on the left side of the path. Zuiganji has beautifully constructed ceilings and roofs...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Alissila
Reviewed May 21, 2019

Visited April 29 2019 with a group from a cruise ship. Very neat grounds with many beautiful plants. Some were blooming which added to the beauty. You must take your shoes off and carry them while touring the temple. No photos allowed. Most original objects...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank C W B
Reviewed May 7, 2019

Took train from Sendai about 40min, alight at Matsushimakiagen station & walk about 15mins. Quiet place maybe still early, came about 930am no crowd. There's museum inside too, beautiful cherry blossom in garden. Do some meditation here is great as environment is so calm.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

Now is the perfect time to visit. The 400 plus years old plum trees that frame the gate are in bloom. The entire area has been reformed, cleaned and is very well staffed. There are explanations in English and, for the most part you are...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank K8082KVmichellem
Reviewed October 18, 2018

The most striking single item in the traditional area. A sign nearby explains its provenance in Japanese and English.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kencoolum
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Here, you can always feel the spiritual life that our ancestors lived before. You can enjoy the most amazing hidden nature views that is mixed with much deep thoughts and peaceful life.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Karim G
Reviewed May 11, 2018

Worth a visit. You will enjoy the treasure museum as well as the newly renovated temple main hall (2006). There is a lot to see here, so you will need about 30-60 minutes for this temple. For more, check `hiddenjapanguide.com`

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank rie s
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

It is the must-see place when visiting Matsushima. The paintings and the wooden sculptures are gorgeous but no photo taken allowed inside.

Date of experience: May 2018
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