Map of the Matsushima and Shiogama area

Map of the Matsushima and Shiogama area

Trip Details

dayDay 1: The Matsushima area

Tokyo Station

PASS – Shinkansen

Tohoku Shinkansen – approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes

Tohoku Shinkansen

Series E5

  • Hayabusa: Tokyo – Shin-Aomori
  • Hayate: Tokyo – Morioka/Shin-Aomori
  • Yamabiko: Tokyo – Sendai

Series E2

  • Hayate: Tokyo – Morioka/Shin-Aomori
  • Yamabiko: Tokyo – Sendai/Morioka

Series E5
Series E5

Series E2
Series E2

Sendai Station

PASS – Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 40 minutes (Senseki Line)

Matsushimakaigan
Station

On foot or Taxi

On foot or by taxi

The V Information Center – located next to Matsushimakaigan Station (Information in foreign languages)

Staff members offer pamphlets and sightseeing information in English (daily) and in Chinese and Korean (primarily on weekends).

Hours of operation

  • 8:30 to 17:00
History&Traditions

1Zuigan-ji Temple – a place with deep ties to Date Masamune

Zuigan-ji Temple is undergoing major reconstruction work through 2018. The main hall is being dismantled and repaired, and through that work along with excavation surveys, history extending back to the Heian Period is being brought to light. Gazing on the site of this important repair work on the National Treasure structure, visitors get a first-hand look at Japanese history and culture.

[Getting there]

  • It is approximately 7 minutes on foot from Matsushimakaigan Station to Zuigan-ji Temple.

Zuigan-ji Temple
Zuigan-ji Temple


History&Traditions

2Entsu-in Temple with four gardens, each having a different charm

Among the four gardens of Entsu-in Temple is a Western-style garden with beautiful roses in early summer, and a rock garden that sets the minds of visitors to ease.

[Getting there]

  • It is approximately 7 minutes on foot from Matsushimakaigan Station to Entsu-in Temple.

Entsu-in Temple
Entsu-in Temple

Nature

3Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park – famous for its cherry blossom trees

This is said to be the location where, failing to correctly answer a Zen riddle, the monk Saigyo gave up on going to Matsushima. The name Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu means "the pine where Saigyo turned back." Located on a hill, the park has more than 260 cherry blossom trees with Matsushima Bay in the background for visitors to enjoy.

[Getting there]

  • It is approximately 5 minutes by taxi from Matsushimakaigan Station to Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park.

Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park
Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park

Dining

4Matsushima Fish Market – try an oyster burger, a popular Matsushima treat

Matsushima Fish Market offers more than 1,500 types of seafood, including live fish and marine products delivered directly from the sea. Among all the wonderful foods available, Matsushima's specialty oyster burger is particularly notable. A croquette filled with a cream of finely sliced oyster is sandwiched between two buns that are fragrantly grilled with lots of cabbage for a filling meal.

[Getting there]

  • It is approximately 10 minutes on foot from Matsushimakaigan Station to Matsushima Fish Market.

The famous Matsushima oyster burger
The famous Matsushima oyster burger


Nature

5Matsushima Bay Island Cruise – a trip on a pleasure boat around the islands of Matsushima Bay

Take a cruise on a pleasure boat to enjoy Matsushima, one of the Three Views of Japan, from the sea. The scenery changes constantly with the fantastic rock shapes of well-known islands such as Niojima, Kanejima and Senganjima, along with many others.

[Matsushima Bay Cruise – Regular Pleasure Boats]

Fee

  • Adults – 1,500 yen

[Getting there]

  • It is approximately 7 minutes on foot from Matsushimakaigan Station to the pleasure boat landing area.

A boat cruises around the islands of Matsushima Bay
A boat cruises around the islands of Matsushima Bay

Lodging:
The Matsushima
area


dayDay 2: The Shiogama area

Lodging:
The Matsushima
area

Matsushimakaigan
Station

PASS – Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 10 minutes (Senseki Line)

Higashi-Shiogama
Station

Foot or Bus

Shionavi 100-Yen Bus – approximately 5 minutes or approximately 10 minutes on foot

Shiogama Seafood
Wholesale Market

Bus

Shionavi 100-Yen Bus – approximately 10 minutes

Dining

6Enjoy a custom-made kaisen don with fish you select on the spot!

This is one of only a handful of wholesale markets where you can buy the freshest seafood of the highest quality at low prices.

The custom-made kaisen don is a favorite dish. Customers purchase fresh seafood caught in the Shiogama fishing port and eat it on rice right in the market. (Rice and miso soup are sold separately as a set for 300 yen.)

Shiogama Seafood Wholesale Market
Shiogama Seafood Wholesale Market

The Shionavi 100-Yen Bus

Traveling around the public facilities and sightseeing areas within Shiogama in approximately one hour, this handy bus allows unlimited rides from any bus stop for 100 yen.

Hours of Operation

  • Approximately hourly from 7:00 to 19:00

Fee

  • Junior high school students and older: 100 yen, elementary school students and younger: 50 yen

The Shionavi Bus
The Shionavi Bus


Get off the bus

Shiogama
Jinja Shrine

On foot

Approximately 15 minutes on foot

History&Traditions

7Shiogama Jinja Shrine with shiogama cherry blossom trees

At Shiogama Jinja Shrine, gods of safe childbirth and longevity are worshipped. In December 2002, the shrine was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The viewing season for the Shiogama cherry blossom trees on the shrine compound is around the end of April each year.

Shiogama Jinja Shrine
Shiogama Jinja Shrine

Hon-Shiogama
Station

PASS – Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 30 minutes (Senseki Line)

Sendai Station

PASS – Shinkansen

Tohoku Shinkansen – approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes

DiningShopping

8Enjoy fine food and shopping in the Sendai Station building

The building that houses Sendai Station has a range of restaurants serving such Miyagi favorites as grilled beef tongue and sushi. Grab a bite or go shopping while waiting for the next train.

Grilled beef tongue
Grilled beef tongue

Tokyo Station

As of June 2014.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.


Shinkansen

Shinkansen

Trunk lines

Trunk lines

Bus

Bus

Taxi

Taxi

On foot

On foot

The JR EAST PASS SPECIAL can be used

The JR EAST PASS can be used

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