(Schedule is subject to change without notice.)
Hiyoshi Sanno Jinja Shrine festival
(Third Sunday in April)
Shiogama Minato Festival
(Third Monday in July)
The Memorial Ceremony of Hiyokuzuka
Matsushima Ryuutoue Umi-no-Bon(Bon Festival of the Sea)
Zuiganji Osegakie(Procession of Buddhist Priests and Ceremony)
Full Moon Festival at Kanrantei
(Evening hours and performance the weekend closest to the Harvest Moon)
Fall Illumination of Matsushima
(Late October - Late November)
Isojima Island Oyster Festival
Matsushima Oyster Festival
(first Sunday in February)
Matsushima is Reviving!
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the tremendous support and encouragement you’ve been giving us.
On March 11, 2011, we experienced the most disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan’s modern history. The Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, and crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, caused enormous damage in the municipalities located along coastal areas of northeastern Japan. Although Matsushima suffered from the aftermath of the disaster, tsunami damage was relatively minimal thanks to the islands surrounding and shielding the bay.Matsushima is not near the radiation contamination area and we have not measured any concerning levels of radiation.
Today in Matsushima, we are happy to report that things have almost returned to normal. Tourists have returned, all of whom have noted that they feel perfectly safe and comfortable in Matsushima. Those visitors who happened to be here during the tsunami were able to safely return home. If you are thinking of planning a trip to lovely Matsushima, please rest assured that you have nothing to fear and we take disaster prevention very seriously.
The majority of the famous attractions are operated as they were before, and an unchanged panoramic view continues to attract many visitors.
Please do visit Miyagi and Matsushima as we believe that your visit will be rewarding and boost our recovery. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Thank you very much.
Matsushima has been written about in waka (Japanese poetry) since ancient times. It is known for its 260 small pine-covered islands arising from the pale blue sea. This is the land which initially left famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho at a loss for words. The beauty of the bay changes with the seasons making for a rewarding visit at any time of year.
From land, Matsushima Bay can be appreciated from the Shitaikan (Four Panoramic Views), and Saigyo Modoshi No Matsu Park, which offer visitors very different perspectives on the bay. They highlight the mystery, beauty and dynamism of the bay and its islands. You can also see the islands by boat, or walk over a red bridge and explore Oshima Island or Fukuurajima Island on foot! There are many ways to have a soothing and inspiring time in Matsushima.
The full moon was also very important to Date Masamune, who positioned Zuiganji Temple and Kanrantei Tea House to have perfect views of the harvest moon in fall. Come enjoy the serenity of Matsushima’s sacred landscape by moonlight. In this shimmering white world the islands and pine trees exist only as shadows drawn against the sky and water. The long, red Fukuurabashi Bridge and Godaido Temple are also illuminated at night. To appreciate the rich history of Matsushima, visit one of many historical and cultural sites from the time of the legendary samurai ruler Date Masamune. These include Zuiganji, Godaido, Entsuin and Tenrinin Temples as well as Kanrantei Tea House. In addition to those historical sites, try the Date Masamune Historical Museum and Kyohei Fujita Museum of Glass for a rewarding experience.
Matsushima is also a culinary destination. The bay is famous for rich and flavorful oysters (winter), anago eel (summer) and high-quality nori seaweed. Try these local specialties at restaurants or the Sakana Ichiba fish market. There are also oyster shacks open for all you can eat oysters, and oyster lunch cruises during winter. Try your hand at grilling a sasakamaboko white fish loaf in the shape of a bamboo leaf at many stores in the kaigan waterfront area.