Spots in Matsushima / Shiogama Area

  • Matsushima Shimameguri Kankosen cruises
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    4.0
    390 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
    102 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...

  • Tohoku History Museum
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    4.0
    52 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.

  • 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...

  • Kanrantei Tea House / Matsushima Museum
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 56
    Kanrantei is a tea house that was transferred from Toyotomi Hidetoshi’s family residence in Shinagawa, Edo, Fushimi- Momoyama Castle, as a gift to Date Masamune. The second-generation lord, Lord Tadamune moved the building to Matsushima. It was used as a facility “Okariya” for Matsushima sightseeing and entertaining lords, aristocratic women and concubines. The paintings on the fusuma (sliding doors) by Sendai clan painter Sakuma Shozan have been recognized as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

    If you’ve come all the way to Matsushima you have to check out this place. You can order Macha and sweets and enjoy the scenery of pine covered islands, just like they did 400 plus years ago when...

  • Marine Gate Shiogama
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Sushi Tetsu
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    4.5
    90 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...

  • 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!!

  • Shichigahama Kokusaimura
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunshichigahamamachi Hanabuchihama Oyama 1-1
    A 20 minute drive from Tagajo Station on the JR Senseki Line. Influenced by a history of international exchange, this multipurpose complex was built as a space for cultural creation and makes use of natural terrain commanding a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean. Facilities include the International Village Hall, the only performing arts stage in Japan with a view of the ocean in the background; and the Amphitheater, a 10 meter in diameter round outdoor theater positioned amongst pools of water. There are many ways for visitors to enjoy themselves here, such as a restaurant where you can take in a meal and a theater show; and Plymouth House, the only museum in Japan dedicated to the history of pioneering in the US.

    ホールの屋上へ海を見に行きました。 水を生かした屋外ステージがあったり、 ホールがあったりと、イベント会場なんですね。 コスプレ撮影会なんかもやってるようです。 何もイベントの無い日に、 まったりと静かに海を眺めるのに、お勧めしたい場所です。

  • Zuiganji Temple
    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.
  • Matsushima
    Travel / Tourism
    Matsushima cho Miyagi-gun, Miyagi prefecture
    "The name Matsushima, considered one of Japan’s top three sights, refers to the over 260 small islands clustered around Matsushima bay. This scenery was immortalized by famed poet Matsuo Basho in his haiku “Matsushima ah!/A-ah, Matsushima, ah!/Matsushima, ah!"". The area is also famous for moon viewing parties, and there are countless accounts in books of the moonlight scenery. There are many sightseeing cruises around the bay, letting visitors get a closer look at the islands. There are special cruises during events such as the Matsushima Toro Nagashi fireworks festival in August."
  • Matsushima Fish Market
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Fugendou 4-10
    This market is located in Matsushima Fugendo, Matsushima-machi. It houses various shops selling seasonal live fish, fresh fish, frozen fish and sushi. The restaurant serves sushi, seafood rice bowls, Matsushima oyster burgers and the limited availability sharks’ fin ramen as well as other kinds of ramen and seafood skewers and so on.
  • Shiogama-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Ichimoriyama 1-1
    Shiogama-jinja Shrine is known for its shiogama cherry tree that has been designated as a Natural Monument of Japan. The main enshrined deities are Shiotsuchinooji, Takemikazuchi-no-kami and Futsunushi-no-kami, but the details before the Edo period are not very clear. Construction of the current shaden (main building) was completed in 1704, and 14 buildings including the honden (main shrine) and haiden (hall of worship) and the stone torii gate have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. The deities are believed to answer a variety of prayers including those for safety at sea, success in catching fish, protection and easy delivery during childbirth, traffic safety, and for protection against misfortune. The deities are revered by the locals, and regardless of the type of prayer they will make their way to this shrine.
  • 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...

  • Godaido Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai
    As a symbol of Matsushima, Godaido Temple is a Buddhist temple that was designated as an Important Cultural Property. It belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism headed by Myoushin-ji Temple and to which Zuiganji Temple also belongs. The temple takes its name Godaido because it houses images of the Five Wisdom Kings of Japanese Buddhism (Acala, Kundali, Trilokavijaya, Vajrayaksa, and Yamantaka). The images of the five great wisdom kings created in the middle of the Heian period are normally withheld from public view but are revealed once every 33 years.
  • 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。

  • Shokado Kashiten
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    4.5
    35 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...

  • Tanrokuen
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Miyamachi 3-12
    The confectionery store and house of Tanrokuen, which originally created the confectionery “Shiogama”, is designated as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property. The confectionery “Shiogama” was offered to worshippers who visited the Monzenmachi of Shiogama at stores in the Edo Period and the traditional taste has been passed on until today. It is a four minute walk from JR Hon-Shiogama Station.

    らしいのですが、自分が行った際には、それとわかるものはなく、陶器がたくさん売っていただけで、志ほがまのお店とわからず、何も買わずに出てしまいました。 きれいな陶器が多いので、それだけでも楽しめたのですが、店員の方に声をかければよかったかと思います。

  • Shobuta Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunshichigahamamachi Shoubutahama Nagasuna
    This historic beach located in Shichigahama Town, Miyagi County, Miyagi Prefecture opened in 1888. It has hosted such famous visitors as the poet Kenji Miyazawa, and it gets crowded with people from all over the prefecture every year. They hold various events like a summer festival and a fireworks display in season. Visitors enjoy water sports like surfing and bodyboarding throughout the year. Paid luggage lockers, showers, and parking are available.
  • Ajidokoro Santori Chaya
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    3.5
    21 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...

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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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