The Temples of Matsushima

Frequented by haiku poets and feudal lords, Matsushima is rich in history, its temples bearing quiet witnesses to the past.
Zuiganji, a Zen temple facing Matsushima Bay, was first built in 828. The main hall and a number of other buildings are designated as national treasures. Caves carved into the rock at Zuiganji, constructed during the 12th to 14th centuries, were used for memorial services and to house the ashes of the deceased. Entsuin was built in 1646, and serves as a mausoleum of Mitsumune, second son of the local feudal lord Terumune Date. The youth died an untimely death at the age of 19. In addition to the thatched main hall, there is a Japanese garden and a Western rose garden on the temple grounds. Kanrantei Tea House is the perfect spot to rest your tired toes with a cup of matcha tea and your choice of a seasonal sweet. From here, you can kanran (watch the ripples of the sea) and let your mind wander to images of feudal lords quietly sipping tea with their lovers in the tea room embellished with gold leaf.

May 25, 2016



Zuiganji Temple
98-1 Azachonai, Matsushima, Matsushima-machi, Miyagiken
Tel: 81-022-354-2618

Entsuin Temple
67 Matsushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagiken

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Kanrantei Tea House - 98-1 Azachonai, Matsushima, Matsushima-machi, Miyagiken - 98-1 Azachonai, Matsushima, Matsushima-machi, Miyagiken