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“Wonderful Autumn Visit”
Review of Zuiganji

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Reviewed February 28, 2014

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.

Thank Salopianb
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

The gardens have an extremely old feel with moss covered caves carved out to host Buddhist statues, reminiscent of India. The complex is right in downtown Matsushima and had water markers for the Tsunami in 2011 although the town suffered very little damage due to the barrier islands.

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Like so many places in Japan, I managed to visit yet another temple that was being restored. I love the fact that they build a 'shed' around the project so you can at least see some of what is going on and some of what you have come to see.
There are plenty of treasures to look at and I liked that they opened up for viewing the mausoleum of Date Masamune's wife, it's a nice stroll through a short tunnel then up the hill through the trees. The restoration done here was immaculate, bright colours, gold leaf, glossy black.
The small museum attached in the main compound is exquisite, the armour that Date Masamune wore for me was the highlight.

Thank Ian S
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

I didn't visit the actual temple (which you can't see unless you pay the entrance fee), so I hung around outside. The Zuiganji is opposite the boat terminal, so pretty easy to get there. There's a line of souvenir shops and food stores for you. And moving on, you will see memorial caves, which I thought was kinda cool! The area was also really cooling cos of all the tall beech trees (I think)

Worth going to take a look even if you don't plan to enter.

Thank chemislove
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

This looked to be one of the more interesting places in Matsushima, however it is after buying the (700 Yen) ticket that you find out the main part of the temple is actually closed until March 2016 with the potential that reconstruction will last through March 2019 (the English language pamphlet gives three different dates). However, that does not mean it is a tourist trap. There are still some interesting things to see, including the large multi-purpose hall which has a special exhibition displaying the temple's principal Buddha image and the mortuary tablets of Date Masumune, the Edo-era ruler of the Sendai region. The temple museum also has some interesting relics and pieces for those interested in that particular time in Japan's history. Finally, make your way to the back of the temple area to the Yotokuin Mausoleum. It is a beautiful building -- three years of restoration finished in 2009. Strange though that pictures of it are not allowed. Worth a visit, though I think they should reduce the price during construction...

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