In March of this year we went to Matsushima, Japan. Matsushima is a sightseeing spot near the sea in Sendai, and can be reached in about 30 minutes from JR Sendai Station. This place near the sea was damaged by the tsunami in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
We took a train from Sendai station to Matsushimakaigan station.
(About the location of Matsushima:Sendai/Japan travelogue【2022/03/04・03/05】)
On the way from Sendai station, we stopped by Tagajo station. There is Starbucks near Tagajo Station, where you can take a break while reading a book.
My wife used to have a part-time job at Starbucks. So she likes it, but I was wondering if we needed to go to Starbucks even though we were from Tokyo to Sendai.
We arrived at Matsushimakaigan-station. There are many restaurants around the station.
↓There is also a fashionable French restaurant.
↓There is a tour boat platform at Matsushima Kaigan Station. If you want to board a tour boat, you need to buy a ticket here.
After arriving at Matsushima Kaigan Station, we walked to Zuiganji Temple. The distance from the station to the temple is about 480m.
↓We arrived at Zuiganji-tenple. Here you need to buy a ticket at the vending machine.
↓Head to the main building.
↓This is a main building of Zuiganji-tenple. It was built by Date Masamune in 1609.
↓We took a picture of the inside with permission. Date Masamune is wearing a helmet with a crescent moon decoration. He is a famous military commander in Sendai.
↓When Date Masamune died, several vassals died together. This is a memorial for dead retainers.
↓It is necessary to take off your shoes inside Zuiganji Temple. There is a shoe box at the entrance. Please be careful not to enter with shoes by mistake.
After Zuiganji, we headed to Matsushima Park. It’s a bit far from the temple, but not too far to walk.
↓We arrived at Matsushima park. It is a port town. Here you can enjoy eating and walking around seafood such as oysters. If you want to board a sightseeing boat, buy a ticket at Matsushima Kaigan Station and board the boat here.
↓It is a monument to Matsushima. Matsushima is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Japan.
↓This is a map of Matsushima Park. We took a walk in the park and then headed to Matsushima station.
Mourning for the Great East Japan Earthquake
↓In the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in 2011, the tsunami reached this height. My height is about 172cm, but it’s same height.
Godaido is a small temple on the island of Matsushima. It is a symbolic building of Matsushima. We crossed the red bridge and headed for it. Please note that wheelchairs are not allowed on this red bridge.
↓It’s Godaido-temple. This temple was built by Date Masamune in 1604.
↓You can see the sunset from here on a sunny day, but it was cloudy on the day we went.
↓I took a video from Godaido Temple.
Date Masamune Memorial Hall
We headed to Matsushima station(It is different from Matsushimakaigan Station) to return to Sendai station. On the way, we went to the Date Masamune Memorial Hall.
↓It’s like a wax figure mansion. We felt scared.
↓A Gundam plastic model was on display. This memorial hall was damaged when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. It seems that the staff involved in the subsequent restoration work presented this plastic model to the memorial hall.
Places damaged by the tsunami caused by Great East Japan Earthquake
After that, we walked toward Matsushima station. There is a place near Matsushima station where restoration work is still underway.
↓This is the place where restoration work is continuing. Revetment work is being carried out here. The construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of March this year, but I think it is unusual to continue the construction for more than 10 years in the place damaged by the 2011 earthquake. I think the construction speed is very slow.
↓This is a point about 27 km from Sendai.
After passing through the residential area, you will reach Matsushima Station.
↓Unlike Matsushima Kaigan Station, there is nothing around Matsushima Station. We returned from this station to Sendai station.
Matsushima Kaigan Station and Matsushima Station are completely different stations. Matsushima Kaigan Station is the closest station to the center of Matsushima. If you get off at Matsushima Station, you will need to take a taxi from there to Matsushima.
↓In addition, Matsushima station is an unmanned station. If you have a problem, you have to deal with it yourself. We walked from Matsushima Kaigan Station to Matsushima Station, but most tourists only use Matsushima Kaigan Station.
When you go sightseeing in Matsushima, please be careful not to get off at the wrong station.