Matchmaking temple surrounded by a noted garden and beautiful greenery.

Entsuin Temple

It was built in 1674 as the family temple of Mitsumune Date, who was the eldest son of the eldest son of Masamune Date, the founder of Sendai. In its precincts surrounded by greenery, there is a rock garden, a rose garden, and a national important cultural property Sankeiden, that features a statue of Mitsumune. You can experience making a Buddhist rosary, and pray and offer a kokeshi doll, on which you write your wishes, to the matchmaking Kannon (a Buddhist deity of mercy).

The bead materials used for the Buddhist rosary-making experience are natural stone, plastic, and glass. (1000 yen~) It is led by a helpful instructor, so children and beginners can join in and feel at ease. If you choose the natural stone course, the meaning of each stone will be explained after the Buddhist rosary is completed.

A rock garden imitating the Shichifukujin-no-shima (seven gods of luck islands) in Matsushima Bay. Matsushima Bay is recreated with white sand, and the mountains around it are built with moss.

Sankeiden, which is designated as a national important cultural property. The roses drawn on the miniature temple are said to be the roses brought back from Western countries by Tsunenaga Hasekura, who was a retainer of the Date family.

Daihitei, the main building registered as a designated cultural property by Matsushima Town. Mitsumune Date had used the building for enjoying the cool of a summer evening in Edo (Tokyo), and it was moved by his father Tadamune while grieving at his son’s early death. The beautiful shape of the building with a thatched hip roof gives it a peaceful, quiet appearance which suits a Zen temple.

Matchmaking Kannon on the left side of the temple gate. Write your name and wishes in pen on a matchmaking kokeshi doll, 500 yen per piece, and pray and offer the doll to Kannon.

67, Matushima-aza-chonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun
Gate open hours: 8:30 - 17:00, 9:00 - 16:00 (December - March)
Open throughout the year