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91 Matsushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun 981-0213, Miyagi Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The most striking single item in the traditional area. A sign nearby explains its provenance in Japanese and English.

Thank kencoolum
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Here, you can always feel the spiritual life that our ancestors lived before. You can enjoy the most amazing hidden nature views that is mixed with much deep thoughts and peaceful life.

Thank Karim G
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Worth a visit. You will enjoy the treasure museum as well as the newly renovated temple main hall (2006). There is a lot to see here, so you will need about 30-60 minutes for this temple. For more, check `hiddenjapanguide.com`

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

It is the must-see place when visiting Matsushima. The paintings and the wooden sculptures are gorgeous but no photo taken allowed inside.

Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful, Stunning, and the architecture is wonderful. The art work inside the Temple is amazing. You get a real since of the period and a since of what the Samurai had. The grounds are beautiful with many cedar trees and plants. I really enjoyed this...More

Thank Perry H
Reviewed 17 April 2018

The 400 year old temple is outstanding. The exterior landscape and gardens are serene and beautiful while the temple is remarkably well preserved. It is the best site to see in Matsushima and well worth the 40 minute train ride from Sendai.

Thank Mid60sCouple
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Regal walkway lined with cedar trees. The Kuri (wherein Zen meals were prepared in the ancient past) is beautifully preserved; one can appreciate the details of traditional japanese architecture, such as the intricately carved ranma (window/screen above a sliding door in traditional japanese houses) and...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017

This temple was an amazing place to see. The huge buildings and architecture was just incredible. How these carvings and structures have survived all the centuries is amazing. There is a museum as well that lets you see some of the original artwork and paintings...More

Thank Greg A
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Didn't have great expectations, but this was an amazing place to visit. All the gold leaf used on the screens is amazing. The kitchen / gong interior was also very interesting. Definitely worthwhile.

Thank tamaletown
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Zuiganji temple is a major Zen Buddhist temple in Japan that was established in 828 AD. At that time Matsushima Bay was considered close to paradise. The temple has some magnificent rooms, such as the Peacock room and the High Room. It's worth a visit...More

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