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91 Matsushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun 981-0213 Miyagi Prefecture
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Full-Day Historical Cycling Tour in Matsushima
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Full-Day Historical Cycling Tour in Matsushima

Calling all active travelers, this cycling tour lets you see Matsushima’s cultural highlights by bike. Pedal to some of the city’s top attractions, which include Zuiganji Temple and the Godaido Temple, and experience a tea ceremony in the Kanrantei Teahouse. Plus, ride a sightseeing boat on Matsushima Bay on this small-group tour, limited to eight participants.  
$353.94 per adult
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Lynkster wrote a review Dec 2019
Australia253 contributions169 helpful votes
Photography is permitted only in the outer gardens and not within the main hall of the temple itself. Undoubtedly, Zuiganji is the main crown jewel of all the buildings in Matsushima. Tickets need to be bought to access the main hall, and you can see the various wall and screen paintings, plus good English descriptions of the rooms and exhibitions. However, it doesn't really take long to view the two buildings that are accessible to the public.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Warner L wrote a review Nov 2019
Pasadena, California659 contributions119 helpful votes
I was there in the morning and it was already attracting tourists. There are three temple/shrines next to each other, one closed to the public. The is so much more going on also, caves, cemeteries and statues of all types.
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Date of experience: November 2019
KaT wrote a review Oct 2019
107 contributions23 helpful votes
The temple is very impressive. The rooms are just beautful and with a lot of impressive details. The gardens are very nice. The place is a must see in Matsushima.
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Date of experience: October 2019
MarkKwok wrote a review Sep 2019
Vancouver129 contributions83 helpful votes
What makes this temple different from others is the caves to the right of the approach to the main hall. Apparently the caves were carved by the ocean. 2/3 of the way down on the approach is a sign indicating the spot where the 2011 tsunami hit. It was a long way from the pier and left one imagining the scale of the tsunami. The main hall has a number of rooms including one for exclusive use of the emperor but remained unused for 267 years until Emperor Meiji spent a night in 1876.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Brad H wrote a review Aug 2019
Sydney, Australia3,904 contributions343 helpful votes
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 were limited descriptions in English. This is certainly one of the highlights when visiting Matsushima.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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