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Pleasure Boat / Water Cruise Spots in Miyagi Area

  • Marubun Matsushima Steamship
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Miyagi-gun Matsushimamachi Matsushima Chonai 98-1
    A sightseeing pleasure cruise from which boarders can view the beauty of the islands of Matsushima, considered one of the three most beautiful scenic areas in Japan. The boat leaves a seven minute walk from Matsushima-Kaigan Station on the JR Senseki Line. Particularly recommended is the 50 minute one way Basho Course connecting Shiogama and Matsushima, which serves as a means of transportation while also enabling visitors to view major islands in the bay like Nio Island and Senganjima Island, whose picturesque scenery inspired the great haiku poet Matsuo Basho. As the boat is able to travel in shallow waters just two meters deep, it can get quite close to the islands, giving riders the chance to see their beauty up close. There are four other courses, including one which goes on a round trip tour of the bay's islands.
  • New Matsushima Sightseeing Ship
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Miyagi-gun Matsushimamachi Matsushima Chonai 98-1 Matsushimakaigan Rest House Nai
    A sightseeing cruise from which you can enjoy the beauty of Matsushima, an area considered to be one of the three most picturesque in Japan, from the sea. Tours leave a five minute walk from Matsushima-Kaigan Station on the JR Senseki Line. The standard Matsushima Bay excursion course leaves from Matsushima's Chuo Pier and goes on a short, 50 minute trip among the island's in Matsushima Bay, giving riders the chance to experience up close the power of the naturally formed islands. Also recommended is the Ranran Plan, which includes a boat tour; a visit to the Kanrantei tea room, which belonged to Matsushima-loving samurai lord Date Masamune; a matcha powdered green tea experience; and handmade Sasa kamaboko steamed fish paste making experience. There are also a variety of seasonal event cruises such as fireworks show cruises in summer and wintertime oyster hotpot cruises.

    Ferries leave on the hour. We loved this cruise boat experience for touring around the islands. Not busy on the boat, compared to boats leaving from Matsushima, costs 1500 yen, and has commentary...

  • Oku-Matsusima Pleasure Boat
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    Miyagi Pref. Higashimatsushimashi Miyato Kawahara 5-1
    A 14 minute drive from the Naruse-Okumatsushima interchange. This sightseeing cruise service operates from a dock situated along the Oku-matsushima Park Line and is operated by the Okumatsushima Public Corporation. Located east of Matsushima, considered one of Japan's three most picturesque areas, the scenery of Okumatsushima is not outdone by its more famous sibling. A course which tours the Saga Valley, counted as one of Japan's three most beautiful valley areas, takes approximately 60 minutes and can accommodate up to around 20 passengers. Tours can be booked for groups as small as three people. In the event of stormy weather, the company offers an alternate, roughly 45 minute course around the bay area. Saga Valley is characterized by its striking, majestic scenery, such as huge, rough-hewn crags.
  • Matsushima Shimameguri Kankosen cruises
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    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 85
    Matsushima Shimameguri Kankosen cruises offer scheduled trips on large ships, setting out from the Matsushima Coast, for 50-minute cruises in which passengers can enjoy viewing the Matsushima Islands, which have traditionally been ranked as one of the “Three Views of Japan.” For an additional charge, passengers can relax and enjoy the views from the luxury seats on the ship’s upper deck. Other island cruises using medium-sized and small-boats (for groups of at least 15 passengers and at least 12 passengers respectively) are also available; because these boats have a shallower draught than the larger Nio-maru, they are able to follow different routes, giving passengers a closer look at the Matsushima Islands.
  • Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Motoyoshi-gun Minamisanrikucho Shizugawa Kurosaki 99-17
  • Shiogama Matushimayuran
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Minatomachi 1-chome 4-1
  • Kesennumaoshima Dream Kuru-zu
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennuma City Tajiri209
  • Shizukawawannaishuyuu
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Motoyoshi County Minamisanriku Town Shizugawa Kurosaki99-17
  • Abukuma Line Boat Descent
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Igu-gun Marumorimachi Shimotaki 12


Miyagi Areas


Lying along the northeastern coast of Japan, Miyagi prefecture is home to lashings of natural parks, oysters, and hot springs. While the bustling city of Sendai offers some simple city entertainment, it's the Matsushima islands that deserve the most attention, having boosted the prefecture's reputation as one of Japan's most scenic views.

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