Spots in Matsushima / Shiogama Area

  • Matsushima Shimameguri Kankosen cruises
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    4.0
    384 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Many islands, small to large, in various shapes, some with caves, are there. In addition, there are many gulls and black-tailed gulls (in Japan black-tailed gull is called Umineko – sea cat – as its...

  • Shiogama Seafood Wholesale Market
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    4.5
    101 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Shinhamachou 1-20-74
    The market of Shiogama Port boasts one of the largest volumes of fresh tuna nationally, and offers an abundance of fresh seafood and produce. There are also five areas in the hall to eat and visitors can buy their favorite seafood and create their own original Kaisendon (seafood and rice bowl), or have the seafood purchased cooked at BBQs available to be used freely. It is approximately 15 minutes by car from Rifunaka Interchange on the Sanriku Expressway.

    Brand new wholesale fish.market rebuilt after last tsunami that wiped out the town, the restaurant serving mainly packaged seafood & dining room for staff offers simple menu at unbelievable price...

  • Sushi Tetsu
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    4.5
    86 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiogama-shi, Miyagi-ken 2-22
    A popular local sushi restaurant located in front of Hon-Shiogama Station. Shiogama City boasts one of the largest catches of tuna in the country, and accordingly it is quite a large number of sushi restaurants in respect to its population. It is in this hotly contested market that Sushi Tetsu has maintained its popularity for many years thanks to its use of carefully selected local ingredients and superb technique. The restaurant’s most popular menu selection is its “tokujo” top class nigiri sushi. Sushi Tetsu offers high class sushi such as toro, uni, and abalone at reasonable prices. The reason is the owner’s desire to help people know what real, proper sushi tastes like by offering it as prices that are affordable.

    Pop into Sushitetsu on the way back from Matsushima Bay to Sendai after seeing the great reviews. Short queue to get in (about five mins) at around 1300 on a Monday. A family run enterprise led by a...

  • Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Fugendou 13-13
    A history museum dedicated to the samurai Date Masamune. The museum's entrance, modeled after the Date clan crest, draws the eye. One of the museum's biggest draws is its lifelike wax models depicting epic moments from Date Masamune's life. Amazingly, Masamune's face as it appears in the museum's exhibits was reconstructed based on the remains of the samurai exhumed during work to rebuild the Date clan mausoleum. Visitors can also try on samurai armor and take a commemorative photo. In the museum cafe, you can enjoy sweets made with zunda mashed boiled green soybeans or a Masamune Parfait topped with a crescent moon-shaped cookie.

    If you are a Date Masamune fan then you must visit I loved Sengoku Basara and this is the place to visit to learn his life plus aftermath There are also statues that are important to people of...

  • Tohoku History Museum
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Tagajoushi Takasaki 1-22-1
    Located directly in front of JR Kokufu-Tagajo Station, the Tohoku History Museum aims to help people rediscover what the Tohoku region was like in times gone by, and to spread awareness of the region throughout the world. There are nine galleries that provide an overview of the history of the Tohoku region from the Paleolithic era through to modern times. There are also three in-depth thematic exhibitions that examine distinctive aspects of the region’s culture. The Children’s History Museum has an activity table area where children can handle real earthenware vessels and try on traditional clothing. Tohoku History Museum is an experience-oriented museum where visitors can learn about the Tohoku region’s history through hands-on activities.

    I loved this museum. Ask for an audio guide in English to get the most out of your visit as its free and very informative in understanding Tohokus history.

  • Kameki Sushi
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    4.5
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Shintomichou 6-12
    Located a 10 minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station, Kameki-Sushi is a popular sushi restaurant in Shiogama City, which boasts an abundance of sushi restaurants. Diners can enjoy Sanriku seafood brought in that morning into Shiogama Port flavored with moshio seaweed salt, a Shiogama specialty product. The seasonal assortment is particularly popular, and gives diners the chance to enjoy a variety of seasonal nigiri sushi pieces at a reasonable price. Kameki Sushi’s tamago-yaki rolled omelets made with surimi minced fish are also very popular. Due to the cheesecake-like appearance and elegant sweetness, many people order one to enjoy almost like a dessert.

    I lived about 3 minutes walk from Kamekizushi and became a regular, so much so that the head sushi chef taught me all about good sushi. He introduced me to aburi toro sushi(lightly fired tuna) and...

  • Shokado Kashiten
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 1092F
    A confectionary shop established in the Meiji period offering a view of Matsushima Bay and the Godaido Temple. The shop’s signature item is its castella, carefully baked using select ingredients. The shop’s shaved ice, served only in summer in its café space, is also popular.

    Just had coffee and admired the super realistic plastic castella cake on display. Various cakes etc to eat in or takeaway. Beautiful young waitresses add to the enjoyment. Upstairs, so theres a view...

  • Marine Gate Shiogama
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Minatomachi 1-4-1
    A boat passenger terminal located in Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture. Two lines dock and depart from here-city-operated boat which travels to and from Shiogama and the islands of Urato, and a private pleasure cruise and sightseeing boat which plies Matsushima Bay. The Matsushima Bay pleasure cruise travels a variety of routes which users can select based on journey time and desired budget. The terminal building is host to a variety of shops including a shop selling Shiogama specialty products, a souvenir store, beef tongue shop, kamaboko steamed fish paste shop, and a seafood shop. You can also find several restaurants here. With a cafe, Chinese food, soba noodles, sushi, seafood, and more, there's plenty to choose from.

    A poor selection of somewhat desperate souvenir stalls, a few restaurants of varying quality and a good view of the harbour and town from the top deck. If you have a long wait for your cruise to...

  • Ajidokoro Santori Chaya
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Senzui 24-1
    This restaurant serves up cuisine made with seafood taken from the coastline of Miyagi Prefecture. The menu features items with seasonal ingredients such as oysters cultivated in Matsushima as well as the Matsushima anago (conger eel) rice bowl and the Sanriku mekabu (thick wakame seaweed leaves) rice bowl. The restaurant takes pride not only in the quality of its ingredients but in its cooking, customer service and atmosphere. The second-floor seating areas affords beautiful views of Matsuhima Bay.

    I had a very good diner at Santori Chaya. Excellent tempura, very good miso soup and side salad, very good value for money. I was sitting at the counter and I managed to talk a little with the chef...

  • Kaisho no Yakata Kyu Kamei-tei
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Miyamachi 5-5
    A historic building located in Shiogama City a 10 minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station on the JR Senseki Line built in 1924 by Fumihira Kamei, the first president of the Kamei Corporation. Of high historic value, the building combines old fashioned Japanese architecture with Western architectural styles, incorporating art nouveau and session styles in the exterior design in a way that is difficult to replicate with modern plastering techniques. The retro Taisho period structure is open to the general public and is also used as the main venue for events such as the Hina Meguri doll festival and the Shiogama-sama Kamigami no Hana Akari lantern festival.

    大正時代に亀井商店の初代社長が建築した建物です。 歴史を感じることができましたね。 このような建物は是非将来も残してほしいです!!

  • Kaki Matsushima Kouha (Matsushima-Kaigan Eki-mae Restaurant)
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Namiuchihama 10-14
    An oyster restaurant serving an abundant variety of dishes made with fresh oysters located just a 25 second walk from Matsushima-Kaigan Station on the JR Senseki Line. This popular establishment has been frequently featured in various media and is only the second restaurant where you can enjoy the much talked about Matsushima fried oyster burger. The restaurant's hitsumabushi chopped broiled oyster over rice and Oyster Express course meal are also highly renowned. You can also order oysters prepared how you like from just a single oyster, and the restaurant is frequented by many women on solo trips who love the establishment's casual style. Note that the restaurant closes when it's supply of oysters for the day runs out.

    Close to the JR station it was an easy choice. We arrived about 2pm, just when restaurants close so be when we saw the open sign we walked in. There’s only two tables and room for one cook, server...

  • Zuiganji Temple
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 91
    Zuiganji Temple is a temple founded by the priest Jikaku Daishi in 828 that belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism headed by Myoushin-ji Temple. After the temple fell into decline during the mayhem of the warring states, the feudal lord Date Masamune began restoration work in 1604 and four full years later the hondo (main temple building) was renovated to conform to Momoyama-style architecture. At that time it was officially renamed as Matsushima-Seiryuzan-Zuigan-Enpuku-Zenji. Sights to see include the Kuri, the Zen kitchen where meals were prepared in the past. This so-called kitchen has been designated as a National Treasure for its beauty.

    禅宗寺院の台所である「庫裡」とともに瑞嚴寺が誇る国宝の建物。 中門から中を覗くと正面39mもある立派な本堂の姿が見えました。大迫力です。 拝観料を払えば中を見学できました。外側は質素な感じなんですが、中は豪華な雰囲気でまるでお城の広間のような素晴らしいものでした。 撮影が禁止されているので一生懸命目に焼き付けるように見学しましたが画像に残したいくらい感動的なものでした。

  • Mutouya
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Miyagi-gun Matsushimamachi Matsushima Fugendo 23
    This liquor store is located along National Route 45, in Fugendo Matsushima, Miyagi District. It has a great variety of local sake made by local breweries, including Ichinokura and Urakasumi, as well as Abekan, Wataya, Kenkonichi and Katsuyama.

    松島海岸の国道沿いにある酒屋、昔ながらの蔵構えの建物で雰囲気あります。東北宮城の地酒を中心に豊富な品ぞろえです、酒器やワインも置いてありますがやはり日本酒ですね。

  • Senshinan
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 67
    A Japanese restaurant located close to the Zuiganji Temple and the Entsu-in Temple, two renowned ancient temples, in Matsushima Town. The restaurant was originally built as a tea room to provide temple worshipers with a place to take a break. Today the establishment has a large banquet hall able to accommodate 400 people and serves as a tourist restaurant. There's a soft serve ice cream stand at the entrance where you can buy tofu, zunda mashed boiled green soybeans, and other unusual ice cream flavors. The restaurant's sweets menu includes zunda mochi rice cakes, anmitsu sweet beans in syrup, and kuzukiri kudzu jelly noodles flavored with Japanese apricot.

    夫婦で松島観光の途中で寄らせてもらいました。 名物が、かき丼(1,100円税込)、穴子天丼(1,300円税込)との事で、それぞれ頂きました。 特に穴子天丼は丼からはみ出るほど大きく、食べごたえ十分でした。 観光地なのに、この値段でこの内容は、大変お得です。

  • New Matsushima Sightseeing Ship
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    3.5
    15 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...

  • Matsushima Tourism Association
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 98-1
    This tourist information center is in a rest house about seven minutes on foot from the JR Senseki Line's Matsushima-Kaigan Station. Using items like sightseeing maps, they courteously provide information on Matsushima Town highlights, events, local cuisine, and more. The rest house is equipped with vending machines, benches and toilets, and is a good spot for a short break. They also have paid luggage lockers and a free wheelchair lending service.

    I was led to things I wouldnt have know about without their assistance. They have much printed material (much in English) to assist one in finding what they are looking for.

  • Sushi Restaurant Maguro Chaya
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Miyagi-gun Matsushimamachi Matsushima Chonai 47
    This sushi restaurant is located along National Route 45, in Matsushima-chonai, Matsushima-cho, Miyagi District. The sushi is made using seasonal seafood caught in the Sanriku Sea, and brought to Matsushima and Shiogama. It also has a special dish called Okechirashi, which is made with a generous amount of seasonal fish arranged on sushi rice in a wooden bucket.

    平日のランチタイムでしたが、すぐ座れました。 桶ちらしを注文。すぐ出てきました。 ネタは15種類くらい入ってます。海鮮もおいしいですが、味付けられたシイタケがかなり好みの味でした。 底はすのこになっていて、ご飯粒が入っていってしまうのでもったいない気持ちになります。また、すのこの下の部分が黒くなっていたので、衛生的にも?でした。 ご飯の量としては丼と変わらないと思うので、丼でもいいのでは…。

  • The Museum Matsushima
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Miyagi-gun Matsushimamachi Matsushima Fugendo 33-3
    This museum in Fugendo, Matsushima, Matsushima Town, Miyagi Countyfeatures three collections. The first is a collection of music boxes conveyed from the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. The second is a toy collection provided by Kitahara Teruhisa, a well-known toy collector. The third is a collection of tailored luxury clothing from the Golden Age of Haute Couture. The museum also features a cafe that serves light meals as well as a museum shop.

    The museum is rather small but quite lovely and holds a collection of orgels mostly from Belgium, France, and Germany. They also have a 25 minute show where a young lady plays the main orgels. In...

  • Oshokuji-dokoro Nanbuya
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Miyagi-gun Matsushimamachi Matsushima Chonai 103
    This restaurant is located on National Route 45 in Matsushima Chonai, Matsushima Town, Miyagi County. It offers a diverse menu that includes dishes such as kaisendon featuring seafood from the Sanriku Coast served on rice, set meals featuring beef tongue, a specialty of Sendai, eel dishes, soba noodles, and more. It also serves a variety of dishes featuring oysters, a specialty of Matsushima, including oyster donburi (rice bowls), raw oysters, grilled oysters, and fried oysters. The restaurant’s location makes it a convenient place to stop while visiting Matsushima tourist attractions such as Godaido of Zuiganji Temple.

    ร้านจะอยู่ตรงกันข้ามกับท่าเรือที่ล่องชมอ่าวMatsushima สังเกตเห็นได้ง่าย เมืองนี้มีชื่อเสียงว่าหอยนางรมดีที่สุด จนมีคำกล่าวไว้ว่า ถ้าจะกินหอยนางรมที่อร่อยที่สุดในญี่ปุ่น ต้องที่เมืองMatsushimaเท่านั้น...

  • Takeda no Sasa Kamaboko
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Shiogama-shi Minatomachi 2-15-31
    Take a left at the Aqua Gate Exit of Hon-Shiogama Station on the JR Senseki Line and head towards Minato-machi along Kaigan-dori Street. This shop stubbornly continues to make and sell Sasa kamaboko steamed fish paste using the same traditional recipe and methods since it first opened its doors here in the birthplace of Sasa kamaboko. Visitors can take a guided tour of the production factory and then enjoy fresh cooked kamaboko. The Sasa kamaboko grilling experience is also popular and allows you to grill and eat Sasa kamaboko (reservation required at least one week in advance). The shop's restaurant serves the kind of dishes you can only enjoy in Japan's top fresh tuna port, such as seafood rice bowls topped with fresh seafood and tuna delivered straight from Shiogama Port.

    お土産に武田の笹かまぼこをもらったことがあって、とてもおいしかったので、お店に連れて行ってもらいました。出来立ての笹かまぼこはアツアツでおいしかった。

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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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