((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

(August 6)

Matsushima Ryuutoe Umi-no-Bon(Bon Festival of the Sea)

(August 15)

Zuiganji Osegakie(Procession of Buddhist Priests and Ceremony)

(August 16)

Full Moon Festival at Kanrantei

(Evening hours and performance the weekend closest to the Harvest Moon)

Matsushima Fall Light Up

(Late October - Late November)

Isojima Island Oyster Festival

(November 23)

Zuiganji korin-sama

(December 31)

Matsushima Oyster Festival

(first Sunday in February)

Local Specialties

Matsushima Oysters

Matsushima Oysters

The one and only true taste of Matsushima lies within a delicacy hidden beneath its ocean waves: Matsushima Oysters. They are available to savor from October to March.

Kakigoya, a restaurant which offers an all-you-can-eat course of oysters, cooked in the shell, is also open during this special period.

The waters of Matsushima are also home to delicious goby fish and conger/sea eels.

Matsushima Koren

Matsushima Koren

It is said that the first Matsushima Koren (Japanese confectionery) were produced by a virtuous nun called "the Koren nun" from rice that had been given as an offering at Kannon-do Temple. Having turned the rice to flour, she grilled the rice crackers as she gazed upon the plum blossoms blooming atop the eaves of her late husband Kotaro's house. The secret behind the creation of this special treat has been handed down from generation to generation since 1327.

Matsushima Naohide Kokeshi Dolls

Matsushima Naohide Kokeshi Dolls

In order to maintain a feeling of warmth and rustic charm, these dolls are painstakingly created one at a time.