Have you ever heard of or visited Matsushima Bay located in Miyagi Prefecture? It is said that its vast azure sea glistening under the dynamic sky left even the most articulate Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho, speechless.
Dotted with over 260 pine-covered islands, Matsushima Bay is celebrated as one of Japan’s three most scenic views, known to have offered life-changing spiritual journeys and sparked inspiration for countless monks, poets, artists, and travelers alike, for hundreds of years.
Today, you will find a variety of activities offered around the area, all of which have been thoughtfully organized by the local community to best immerse you in the array of Matsushima’s charm. How about experiencing traditional fishing methods out in the open sea with the local fishermen? Or learning how to communicate with horses at a local ranch surrounded by the lush and pristine colors of nature?
Take a sightseeing boat around the bay and observe each island’s unique shape, while learning about the impacts of the Great East Japan Earthquake from the personal experiences of the guides who hope to keep the memories of the past alive in our hearts, as well as remind us to love and appreciate every single day. Walk along the mystical path surrounded by towering cedar trees toward one of Japan’s designated national treasures, the 400-year-old Zuiganji Temple, known for its gloriously hand painted sliding doors.
Savor incredible seafood such as freshly-caught tuna, plump oysters and anago (salt-water eels) at the bustling Matsushima Fish Market beside the beautiful Miyagi coast. Enjoy a cup of delicious matcha green tea and Japanese sweets at Kanrantei Tea House, which once served as a resting spot for samurai, princesses, and royal guests centuries ago.
We are looking forward to welcoming you here as soon as it becomes safe to travel again.
There is also a brand-new website coming soon, which will highlight all of the reasons why Matsushima Bay deserves a spot in your next Japan travel itinerary. Stay tuned!