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Next to Matsushima pier, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun 981-0213, Miyagi Prefecture
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Reviewed May 11, 2018

Cross the bridge to visit this small but historical wooden shrine, oldest such structure in Tohoku region. Photogenic! For more, check `hiddenjapanguide.com`

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank rie s
Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Just a short walk from the boat dock or public transportation. Admission is free and it's such a beautiful spot that you don't want to pass this up. Great picture opportunities and good for the entire family.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Perry H
Reviewed December 6, 2017

Godaido is just off the main road and free, so why not stop there?! You can take nice pictures of water and the temple.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Miyuki T
Reviewed November 14, 2017

Culture enthusiasts, students of Buddhism and architectural lovers will appreciate this islet and the temple on it. Most noteworthy are the ranma (wood carvings above the door)-- delicate figures of the animals in the lunar calendar, three on each side of the temple. There were...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank YubaPrincess
Reviewed August 20, 2017

Godaido hall is situated on a small island near the shore. The entrance is basically next to the boat harbour and tourist info booth. The hall itself is pretty lacklustre, but the view to Matsushima Bay is excellent. The small bridge leading to Godaido has...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank 271heikkis
Reviewed June 12, 2017

Easiest temple in Matsushima for those arriving by boat or train. So also rather crowded. Beautiful temple with long tradition. Bridge is fun and has a story. Easy to visit, rather little to see.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank ettelbruck
Reviewed April 26, 2017

Definitely pop over to this small temple located on a small island, which you reach by a cute red bridge. Takes 10 minutes! Worth doing.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank tamaletown
Reviewed March 31, 2017 via mobile

The highlight of this spot is the wooden bridge. You can see the water through it. It's not too high from the sea level, but if you have acrophobia, you may become shaky when standing on it. Yet, it's still fun. The temple on this...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank TOkada
Reviewed March 6, 2017

This small temple is on its own tiny island overlooking the bay. The bridge to reach it can be a bit treacherous if wet and scary if you look down and can see through the slats. The temple has excellent carvings of the animals of...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank hfot2
Reviewed December 31, 2016

Godaido temple is very near to the boat docking station and tourist information center. Nice to see a small temple in an island which is just 2 minutes walk. We can see the full Matsushima bay from the temple.

Date of experience: December 2016
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