Travel for recharging your power at Matsushima and
Shiogama.Heal yourself with tradition and the ocean.

The beauty created by more than 260 islands in Matsushima Bay. Pictures of it have been drawn since ancient times and it has inspired haikus including Okunohosomichi written by Basho Matsuo. Their beauty has attracted people all through the ages. In recent years, a Kannon Bodhisattva statue and bridges across Matsushima islands have drawn the attention of people as spiritual sites and have become new attractions. They are said to have the divine gift of matchmaking. Refresh your mind and body at Matsushima and Shiogama, where you can enjoy the timeless scenery.

01. [DAY.1] 12:00

Matchmaking temple surrounded by a noted garden and beautiful greenery.

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).

Entsuin Temple
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

02. [DAY.1] 14:00

Excellent sweets, such as a Japanese sponge cake and a parfait, can be enjoyed in an open and modern space.

A café with seats on the second floor with a fine view from which you can view the scenery of Matsushima Bay, including the Godaido Temple right in front of it. Only high-quality ingredients produced in Tohoku, including eggs from Shiroishi and honey from the Fujiwara bee yard in Iwate, are used for making the noted Japanese sponge cake. Its texture is very soft and smooth. An item as popular as the Japanese sponge cake is the Shokado parfait. Rich soft ice cream with toppings that include home-made bean jam using Miyagishirome, a high-grade variety of soy beans. A nice place to visit while strolling through Matsuhima.

Shokado Kashiten
2F, 109, Matushima-aza-chonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun
Open: 10:00 - 17:30
Closed: Tuesday

03. [DAY.1] 18:00

Spend a luxurious time having every pleasure of Matsushima Bay to yourself.

An inn run by Sakan, a long-established hotel representing Akiu Onsen. It is located on a small cape a short distance away from the center of Matsushima. It provides a relaxing time away from the hullabaloo of tourist sites with its luxurious structure that totals just 11 rooms. There is a view of Matsushima Bay from every room. You can enjoy a luxurious time finding islands on the sea, listening to the ocean’s sounds and to the calls of wild birds. There is a large open-air bath in the large common bathing area, and there is an attached restaurant popular for banquet dishes, where you can savor ingredients from the Sanriku coast in Japanese-style dishes.

Matsushimasakan Shoan
1, Tetaru-aza-umeki, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun
11 rooms, 69,120 yen~/ night, 2 persons/ room

04. [DAY.2] 11:00

A sightseeing cruise where you can see the beauty of the islands up close.

Use a cruise service when you travel from Matsushima to neighboring Shiogama to enjoy an island-hopping excursion. The Basho course provided by Marubun Matsuhima Kisen sails to main islands in Matsushima Bay such as Sengan Island and Nio Island. Among such islands, Kane Island has 4 holes where it is said people can find happiness if they can see through all the holes at the same time. It sails through shallow water, and you can truly enjoy the scenery of islands that you cannot see from the mainland.

Marubun Matsuhima Kisen
Reception No.2 of Matsushita Kaigan Rest House, 98-1, Matushima-aza-chonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun
TEL:022-354-3453 (Reservations are recommended. Reservation required for Matsushima Pleasure Trip course.)
Reception: 8:00 - 14:00, Operating hours: 9:00 - 15:00
Open throughout the year

05. [DAY.2] 12:30

Smack your lips with the excellent sushi made by the restaurant’s owner who is full of love for the Shiogama area.

In Shiogama, which is said to be a holy land for sushi lovers, this restaurant is run by Mr. Kunitomo Shirahata, who is a sushi artisan working for more than 50 years at his craft. His ingredients are only seafood caught on the Sanriku coast and areas around it: sea squirt produced in Onagawa, sea urchins from Shichigahama, etc. Carefully selected bottles of sake are also only from breweries in Shiogama. The owner who loves this area so much tells us about the tastes that you can enjoy only in Shiogama.

Sushi Shirahata
2-10, Kaigandori, Shiogama
Open: 11:00 - 15:00, 16:30 - 22:00, 11:00 - 22:00 (Sat., Sun, national holidays)
Closed: Tuesday

06. [DAY.2] 16:00

A long-established brewery, which sincerely makes graceful sake.

Established in 1724, it became a brewery of sacred sake for offerings to the Shiogama Shrine in the 1800s. Polished rice is fermented with yeast cultured in-house at a low temperature, creating graceful sake with a harmonious taste and aroma. You can join a guided tour twice a day, in which they guide guests through the sake cellar and explain its history. You can taste the sake of the month if you buy a sake cup (300 yen) at the sake gallery.

Urakasumi Sake Gallery
2-19, Motomachi, Shiogama
Open: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Sunday (There may be temporary closure.)