Enjoy stolling around
Matsushima in a Kimono
and collecting Goshuin stamps

Timeslip back by changing into a Kimono and taking a stroll aroung Matsushima area.
There are many great photo spots and places to feel the history of this area.

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Enjoy stolling around Matsushima in a Kimono and collecting Goshuin stamps

Firstly, change into a Kimono and slip into a different time. There are many historical buildings and spots within Matsushima that would look great with a Kimono. For example, Zuiganji, Entsuin and Godaido temples.When you visit these places, you should get a Goshuin Stamp. Each stamp is hand written and would make a great memory of your trip. If you get tired walking, why not take a break. The Kanrantei cafe was built in the Edo period, and offers beautiful views of Matsushima Bay while you enjoy some Matcha green tea and Japanese sweets.

In Matsushima you can collect Goshuin Stamps from Zuiganji, Entsuin and Godaido temples. If you ask for the stamp at the entrance before you look around it will be easy to collect after. Each stamp is uniquely writen in Sumi ink, and would make a great souvenior. You can purchase a Goshuin Book from Zuiganji or Entsuin temples. You can get Godaido`s Goshuin stamp at Zuiganji Temple.

「Saigyomodoshi no Matsu Koen Park」has about 260 cherry blossom trees, with views over Matsushima Bay. You can enjoy Flower viewing unlike any other place. You can also enjoy plum flowers and Japanese dendrobium flowers in Matsushima area.

Enjoy stolling around Matsushima in a Kimono and collecting Goshuin stamps

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Rental Kimono UmeLove

    This is a rental Kimono shop where you can easily rent a Kimono. There are over 100 Kimonos for men, women and children to choose from.

    Miyagiken, Miyagigun, Matsushimacho, Matsushimachonai 75-14 4F
    090-2849-3699
    http://umeluv.wixsite.com/home

    Access
    (Closest bus stop)
    Matsushima Kaigan Bus Stop   6 minutes

    営業時間
    10:00〜18:00(reservation required) Kimono return by 17:00
    休業日
    Irregular
    料金
    Kimono 5000JPY   Yukata 4000JPY   Simple hair set 500JPY  
    所要時間の目安
    着物着付け 1時間   返却時着替え 30分
    Zuiganji Temple

      Zuiganji was originally founded in 828 as a temple of the Tendai sect, and was converted into a Zen temple during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). After years of decline, Zuiganji was restored to prominence by the feudal lord Date Masamune who rebuilt it as his family temple in 1609.

      Miyagiken Miyagigun, Matsushimacho, Matsushimaaza chonai 91banchi
      022-354-2023
      http://www.zuiganji.or.jp/

      Access
      (Closest bus stop)
      Matsushima Kankobussan Bus stop 5 minutes

      営業時間
      April to Septmeber  8:00〜17:00
      October, March  8:00〜16:30
      November, February   8:00〜16:00
      December, January   8:00〜15:30

      ※Please enter at least 30 minutes before closing time。
      休業日
      Open everyday
      料金
      Adults 700JPY  Children(Junior Highschool, and elementary school age) 400JPY  
      Goshoin stamp costs 300JPY
      所要時間の目安
      60分
      Garyubai

        The red and white colored Plum flowers within Zuiganji Temple grounds. They were planted along with the pine trees at the entrance of Zuiganji in 1609. To the right is the red Plum and to the left is the white plum tree. The best time to see them is in mid- April.

        Miyagiken Miyagigun, Matsushimacho, Matsushimaaza chonai 91banchi
        022-354-2023
        http://www.zuiganji.or.jp/

        Access
        (Closest bus stop)
        Matsushima Kankobussan Bus stop 5 minutes

        営業時間
        April to Septmeber  8:00〜17:00
        October, March  8:00〜16:30
        November, February   8:00〜16:00
        December, January   8:00〜15:30

        ※Please enter at least 30 minutes before closing time。
        休業日
        Open everyday
        料金
        Adults 700JPY  Children(Junior Highschool, and elementary school age) 400JPY  
        Goshoin stamp costs 300JPY
        所要時間の目安
        Sekkoku

          Located to the right of the middle gate of Zuiganji temple is the Sekkoku. It grows on trees and rocks and is a native plant to the Matsushima Area. The pink flowers bloom between late May and early June.

          Miyagiken Miyagigun, Matsushimacho, Matsushimaaza chonai 91banchi
          022-354-2023

          営業時間
          "April to Septmeber  8:00〜17:00
          October, March  8:00〜16:30
          November, February   8:00〜16:00
          December, January   8:00〜15:30

          ※Please enter at least 30 minutes before closing time。"
          休業日
          Open everyday
          料金
          "Adults 700JPY  Children(Junior Highschool, and elementary school age) 400JPY  
          Goshoin stamp costs 300JPY"
          所要時間の目安
          Godaido

            In the year 807 AD, the shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro built a small Buddhist temple called Bishamon-do during his expedition to the east. In 828, Ennin not only founded Enpuku-ji (modern-day Zuigan-ji), but also placed images of the Five Dava Kings within Bishamon-do, which led to it being known as Godai-do. The current structure was constructed in accordance with Momoyama-style architecture by Date Masamune in the year 1604.

            Miyagiken Miyagigun, Matsushimacho, Matsushimaaza chonai 111
            022-354-2023(Zuiganji)
            http://www.zuiganji.or.jp/keidai/godaidou.html

            Access
            (Closest bus stop)
            Matsushima Kankobussan Bus stop 3 minutes

            営業時間
            "8:00〜Sunset
            "
            休業日
            Open everyday
            料金
            "Free of charge 
            Goshuin stamp costs 300JPY (available at Zuiganji)"
            所要時間の目安
            10分
            Entsuin

              Entsuin Temple is located to the west side of Zuiganji Temple, and is the mausoleum of Date Mitsumune. It was greatly influenced by the Western culture that Hasekura Tsunenaga brought back with him from Europe. Inside the right-hand door of the zushi (miniature shrine) is a painting of a Western-style rose that is said to be the oldest in Japan. In fall the autumn leaves are lit up to create a magical atmosphere. You can make your own original rosary beads here.

              Miyagiken Miyagigun, Matsushimacho, Matsushimaaza chonai67
              022-354-3206
              http://www.entuuin.or.jp/

              Access
              (Closest bus stop)
              Matsushima Kaigan Bus Stop   5 minutes

              営業時間
              "8:30-17:00(April〜Late October) 8:30-16:30(late October〜Nov)  
              9:00-16:00(December〜March)
              Rosary making is from 9:00 to 1 hour before closing time"
              休業日
              Open everyday
              料金
              "Adult 300JPY Highschool student 150JPY Elementary/Junior High Student 100JPY
              Rosary beads making from 1,000JPY(depending on chosen stones)"
              所要時間の目安
              30〜60分
              Kanrantei

                This tea house of the ruling Date family once served samurai, princesses and royal guests. Today, anyone can enter Kanrantei and enjoy matcha green tea and sweets while viewing the gentle rippling waters of Matsushima Bay.
                In the fall Kanrantei has special evening hours where you can enjoy the cool evening breeze and full moon rising over Matsushima Bay.
                There is an admission fee to enter the tea house grounds.

                Miyagiken Miyagigun, Matsushimacho, Matsushimaaza chonai 56
                022-353-3355
                http://www.town.miyagi-matsushima.lg.jp/index.cfm/8,3105,30,html

                Access
                (Closest bus stop)
                Matsushima Kaigan Bus Stop  7 minutes

                営業時間
                8:30〜17:00(Nov〜March:〜16:30)
                ※Last order for Macha etc is 1 hour before closing time
                休業日
                Open everyday
                料金
                Adult 200JPY Highschool, University Students 150JPY Elementary, Junior Highschool students 100JPY 
                Macha tea is from 400JPY
                所要時間の目安
                30分
                Saigyomodoshi no Matsu Koen Park

                  This park has a stunning panoramic overlook of Matsushima Bay and is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Matsushima.
                  The park is named for a legendary encounter in the year 1118 between a poet-priest named Saigyo and a young man. Under a pine tree, Saigyo and a young boy exchanged Buddhist riddles, and Saigyo ended up losing. Ashamed he gave up on his journey to Matsushima. You can find descendants of the original pine tree in this park.

                  Miyagiken Miyagigun Matsushimacho Matsushimaaza Izuta
                  022-354-5708 (Matsushima town Tourism division)

                  Matsushima Kaigan Bus Stop  25minutes (5min by car)

                  営業時間
                  All day
                  休業日
                  Open everyday
                  料金
                  Free
                  所要時間の目安
                  30分
                  Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum

                  Date Masamune, while he is widely known as a Sengoku Warrior, he is still recognized for his excellent skills in politics. This museum has approximately 200 wax figures to recreate 25 different situations from his past. There are also about 45 wax figures of other famous figures from Tohoku area such as Miyazawa Kenji and Noguchi Hideyo.

                  Miyagiken Miyagigun Matsushimacho Matsushimaaza Fugendou 13−13
                  022-354-4131
                  info@date-masamune.jp
                  http://www.date-masamune.jp/

                  Matsushima Kanko Bussankan Bus stop 1 minute

                  営業時間
                  9:00~17:00 (Last entrace 16:30)
                  休業日
                  Open all year
                  料金
                  Adults(Highschool and above)1,000JPY Elementary, Junior high school students 500JPY
                  所要時間の目安
                  60分
                  Matsushima Naohide Kokeshi Nihachi Bussanten

                    This shop was originally opened in 1949, with the hope to spread a new traditional craft in Matsushima area. The shop is crowded with many kokeshi (traditional Japanese wooden dolls). There is an area in the shop where you can try painting the kokeshi under the guidance of an experienced craftsman to create your own kokeshi.

                    Miyagiken Miyagigun Matsushimacho Matsushichonai 80
                    022-354-3216

                    Matsushima Kaigan Bus Stop  5 minutes

                    営業時間
                    8:00~17:00 (painting activity until 16:00)
                    休業日
                    Various days
                    料金
                    Painting activity from 800JPY
                    所要時間の目安
                    60分
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