Matsushima Bay, Godaido, Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples, and Fukuurajima are places of interest in Matsushima that are all within walking distance.
Matsushima means “Pine Islands” because of the 260 scattered islands on Matsushima Bay that are covered with pine trees.
Stories had it that back in the day crossing the Fukuurajima Bridge was used as a test whether a person is ready to see a Buddha or not.
Godaido not only has a temple, but a vantage spot to view Matsushima Bay.
Matsushima is famous for an iconic one-eyed samurai named Date Masamune.
He rebuilt Zuiganji Temple, and is the temple to visit when in Miyagi Prefecture.
Next door is Entsuin Temple, built in honor of his grand son.
A beautiful garden will guide you there.
My favorite of all are these stone statues before entering Zuiganji.
The whole pathway is actually a cemetery. There are these rocks that were carved out to form caves. These caves house ashes of the deceased. The vibe there was weird but it was wondrous and quite fascinating.
There are also interesting sculptures in between the stone statuary.
This one is to pay tribute to eels. Japanese loves eels, and this is to thank and apologize eels for eating them. 🙂
Matsushima is also known for their delicious oysters.
Japan is an interesting and wonderful exotic country with rich history and culture. Matsushima further reaffirms that.