Matsushima Travel Guide: Zuiganji, Fukuurajima and Other Gems

Source: Japan Cheapo

A short train ride out of the city of Sendai lies Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture. A small town on an island-dotted bay so beautiful that it rendered famous poet Matsuo Basho speechless. And not much left Basho lost for words: he managed a haiku about this gorgeous place, after all. Four hundred years later, Matsushima has lost none of its charms. Still considered one of the Three Great Views of Japan, the Bay of Pines rewards visitors with temples, bridges, caves and islands, with a view at every turn. In this article we explore the temple complex of Zuiganji, the island of Fukuurajima, and a one or two other drawcards.
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Zuiganji, Matsushima Town
Zuiganji was founded in 828 as a temple in the Tendai Sect of Buddhism, converted to Z

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