Matsushima, Miyagi

There are 260 large and small islands in Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture, and beautiful scenery is attractive. The islands of Matsushima are spectacular views from the spot called “Shidaikan”. In addition, the spot which makes history feel like Zuiganji Temple which is designated as a national treasure, Oshima which is the sacred island written in “Hyakunin Isshu” (One Hundred Waka Poems By One Hundred Poets), Godaido rebuilt by Date Masamune etc. is also attractive.

The three sights of Japan are Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture, Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture, and Matsushima here in Miyagi Prefecture. Each of Japan’s three scenic spots are facing each other to “Setsugetuka” (Snow, Moon and Flowers), Matsushima is “Moon”, Amanohashidate is “Snow”, Miyajima is “Flower”.

“Matsushima Pleasure Boat cruise” that you can see the islands floating in Matsushima Bay nearby is indispensable for Matsushima sightseeing. You can see the islands of different shapes from each other. You can choose according to the time and sightseeing style, such as a course that goes around the bay, “Niojima Island course” around Niojima Island, course from Matsushima to Shiogama.

Four view points that can overlook the islands floating in Matsushima Bay are called “Shidaikan”. It is called “Sokan”, “Reikan”, “Ikan”, “Yukan” from the impression of Matsushima Bay from each place. Each viewpoint is on the top of the mountain, so it is recommend going by car.

On the east side of Matsushima Bay, the view from the mountain in the middle of Miyatojima Island in Higashimatsushima City is the “Sokan-Ohtakamori”. It is said to be the most beautiful observatory in Shidaikan. Together with Matsushima Bay, you can also see the mountains of the Ou Mountains far away. From there you can see the islands of Matsushima, which is called “Sokan” (glorious view) because it can enjoy the scenery like a miniature garden.


Address:Miyato Higashimatsushima, Miyagi 981-0412 Japan
Access:JR Sengoku-sen Line “Nobiru-eki Station” (15 minutes by car)
Tel:(+81) 22-354-2618 (Matsushima Tourism Association)
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