I had a magical Autumn Visit to Matsushima, famous for its bay with its pine tree laden islands and its ranking as one of Japan's three most scenic views.
Matsushima is also well known for Zuiganji, one of the region's most important Zen temples. The illumination of the Autumn trees at Zuiganji is a major highlight of the visit. The annual illumination of the grounds after dark takes place every November and has a Y500 entry fee. Traditional Japanese music gives a haunting, beautiful and timeless character to the visit.
The sunset and dawn views across Matsushima Bay are particularly beautiful- a wonderful contrast and break with metropolitan life.
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