Tour around glorious views in the three cities and three towns
The overnight trip plan includes visits to wonderful viewing spots in the Matsushima Bay area, including Matsushima Shidaikan (the four best viewing spots). In addition, destinations include places where you can enjoy fresh seafood, as well as the best strolling areas. Filled with the appeal of the Matsushima Bay area.
Approximately 120 specialty shops operate in the market with an area of 4,950 m2, handling fresh seafood from Shiogama port and processed foods.
The market is primarily aimed at professional chefs, but tourists can also purchase high-quality produce at wholesale prices.Why not purchase the “rice set” (rice and miso soup, 300 yen) and seafood items of your choice, and create your unique “assorted seafood rice bowl” for lunch?
The name Umanose (“back of a horse”) derives from its appearance resembling the back of a robust horse. Located in the Hamada and Suka districts in the eastern part of Rifu Town, it is considered a natural jetty created by wave erosion. This is a little-known scenic spot where one can view various-shaped islands in the bay.
Ogitani is one of the Matsushima Shidaikan (four best viewing spots). It is called Ogitani (“fan valley”) since, seen from the mountaintop, the cove of Matsushima Bay appears to float like a fan. On the summit is the site of a feudal lord’s tea ceremony house. Visitors will feel a sense of elegance in autumn when the maple trees burst into beautiful colors.
Sagakei Gorge, a peninsula jutting out from the southeastern end of Matsushima’s largest island, Miyato Island, is one of the three greatest gorges in Japan, along with Geibikei Gorge in Iwate and Yabakei Gorge in Oita.
The sea cliff created by the erosion of crashing waves in the Pacific Ocean, along with fierce winds and lashing rain, provides a completely different view from the elegant landscape observed in Matsushima Bay.
The rough panorama provides us with endless astonishment and excitement.
Otakamori is a mountain in the middle of the largest island in Matsushima Bay, Miyato Island.
The mountain is one of the Matsushima Shidaikan (four best viewing spots), together with Tamonzan in Shichigahama Town, and Ogitani and Tomiyama in Matsushima Town. Among these, Otakamori is given the name “Gorgeous View.” From the observatory on top of the mountain, one can enjoy a great, 360-degree panoramic view over the beautiful Matsushima Bay with the Zao mountains as its backdrop, and the vast Pacific Ocean.
The 252-meter long vermillion-lacquered bridge is known as a matchmaking bridge.
It is believed that one can find a good match after crossing this bridge.
Across the bridge is Fukuurajima Island, a prefectural nature park. On the island, you will find Bentendo Hall, an observatory and an arbor, among other facilities.
It is a perfect spot for strolling around while enjoying the view of Matsushima Bay with seasonal flowers and greenery.
Godaido Temple is the symbol of Matsushima. In 807, Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro built it as Bishamondo Temple, enshrining a Vaisravana Buddha statue when he went on an expedition in eastern Japan.
Later, Ennin (aka Jikaku Daishi) enshrined Godai Myoo (Five Great Myoo) statues in the temple, which is why the temple is now called Godaido.
The Godai Myoo statues are open to the public once every 33 years; the next opening will be in 2039.
Tamonzan is a place of scenic beauty in Hachigamori, at an elevation of 56 meters. It houses the Bishamon-do Temple enshrining a Tamonten Buddhist statue.
Beautiful islands in Matsushima Bay below, including Mahanashi Island and Jizo Island, resemble garden rocks in a Japanese garden, and are classified as a Dynamic View among the Matsushima Shitaikan.
The morning sun rising from the horizon and the glittering sea surface offer a wonderful, truly “Dynamic View.”
Special tasty products from Miyagi, recommended by 33 chambers of commerce in Miyagi, are gathered in Shichigahama! Shichinoya, the “seaside station,” thus providing the most recommended local products in one place.
Fresh agricultural products produced by local farmers are also available.
Tagajo Castle was established in 724 by Ono Azumahito, and the Mutsu Provincial Government and a navy base were located there.
In the center of the huge castle area (approx. 900 m x 900 m) was the government, the center of political affairs and official ceremonies.
It is one of Japan’s greatest historic sites, along with the site of Nara Palace (Nara Pref.) and the site of Dazaifu (Fukuoka Pref.).
An old monument from the Nara Period (eighth century) that is counted as one of the three oldest monuments in Japan.
The monument has an inscription of 141 characters, describing the distances from the capital Nara and from other districts, as well as the details about the establishment and reconstruction of Tagajo Castle.
Also known as the Tsubo-no-ishibumi monument, which often appears in Japanese poetry.
Matsuo Basho, a famous poet from the Edo Period, visited this place and expressed the excitement he felt when he encountered this monument in his book Oku no Hosomichi.