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Matsushima, Sendai

  Mar 4th, 2010

Last year I took a trip to Sendai and visited Matsushima which is said to be one of Japan’s three great views along with Miyajima and Amanohashidate. I found more photos of my trip and resized some others to provide this gallery of beautiful Matsushima which has a group of 260 small, pine tree islands as well as the many temples nearby.

One of the many colorful wooden bridges leading to the islands

One of the many colorful wooden bridges leading to the islands

The temple looks quite weathered sitting on this small island near the waters edge, but it is still well maintained.

The temple looks quite weathered sitting on this small island near the waters edge, but it is still well maintained.

Lots of pine trees help to make up a nice view of the bay.

Lots of pine trees help to make up a nice view of the bay.

Matsushima is one of the 3 famous Japanese scenery spots.

Matsushima is one of the 3 famous Japanese scenery spots.

Entry to the main temple grounds

Entry to the main temple grounds

Inside the grounds. Wonderful tall tree coverage

Inside the grounds. Wonderful tall tree coverage

The map around the temple grounds.

The map around the temple grounds.

Looking back to the entrance way through the line of trees.

Looking back to the entrance way through the line of trees.

One of the many restaurants in the temple grounds.

One of the many restaurants in the temple grounds.

These old buildings in the temple grounds have been converted into restaurants and cafes. A very nice setting for a relaxing afternoon.

These old buildings in the temple grounds have been converted into restaurants and cafes. A very nice setting for a relaxing afternoon.

One of the older buildings acting as a Soba, Oden and Dango eating place

One of the older buildings acting as a Soba, Oden and Dango eating place

The area with all the temples has a nice set of paths that you can peacefully stroll down. There are not a lot of shops but the ones they have are well stocked with local gifts and plenty of charm.

The area with all the temples has a nice set of paths that you can peacefully stroll down. There are not a lot of shops but the ones they have are well stocked with local gifts and plenty of charm.

Walking between temples

Walking between temples

The roofs of these buildings are in the traditional form. They must be on stand by in case a fire ever comes through this area. It would be a shame to see it all destroyed.

The roofs of these buildings are in the traditional form. They must be on stand by in case a fire ever comes through this area. It would be a shame to see it all destroyed.

Lots of nice shade and relaxed atmosphere.

Lots of nice shade and relaxed atmosphere.

One of the many stones in the gardens.

One of the many stones in the gardens.

A number of nice scenes here in the temple grounds.

A number of nice scenes here in the temple grounds.

I liked this (mini temple?) depiction in the mossy grounds. The red against all of the shadowed green was a great scene. The Canon Powershot did not do a bad job, but I would like to see what the Nikon could have done here to get some better contrasts. I am sure that red would have jumped off the page and the greens in the foreground would have sat back a bit.

I liked this (mini temple?) depiction in the mossy grounds. The red against all of the shadowed green was a great scene. The Canon Powershot did not do a bad job, but I would like to see what the Nikon could have done here to get some better contrasts. I am sure that red would have jumped off the page and the greens in the foreground would have sat back a bit.

Very creative and skillful work to craft the stone wall in this way.

Very creative and skillful work to craft the stone wall in this way.

Looks like the character for unagi (eel) here.

Looks like the character for unagi (eel) here.

Wonderful view from the car park.

Wonderful view from the car park.

The bay looked very calm on the day I visited.

The bay looked very calm on the day I visited.

One of the temples on a small island in the bay.

One of the temples on a small island in the bay.

Fishing Boats in the harbour

Fishing Boats in the harbour

Red colored bridges are a beautiful feature of Japanese gardens.

Red colored bridges are a beautiful feature of Japanese gardens.

Looking out at some of the islands in the bay.

Looking out at some of the islands in the bay.

Some of the hotels and restaurants surrounding the harbour

Some of the hotels and restaurants surrounding the harbour

There are over 200 small islands in the bay all dotted with pine trees.

There are over 200 small islands in the bay all dotted with pine trees.

Station and temples withing easy walking distance of each other.

Station and temples withing easy walking distance of each other.

View back from the station platform over the bay.

View back from the station platform over the bay.

Nice blue colors on this train as I waited at the platform to ride back to Sendai.

Nice blue colors on this train as I waited at the platform to ride back to Sendai.

wikipedia has a good description of some scenery walkways:

Matsushima’s seaside attractions are within walking distance of the train station and ferry pier, but the best views are from mountaintops not so easy to reach on foot. The most spectacular views are from Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park, a ¥660 cab ride up from the station. It is covered with cherry blossoms in the spring, but the food available there is nothing special. Other overlooks are Sōkanzan, a promontory that juts out into the bay, and Ōgitani, a hill across the coastal highway from Sokanzan.

11 thoughts on “Matsushima, Sendai”

  1. Neksus says:

    Nice place, looks ideal for some rest.

    Pics have a higher brightness or it’s just me?

    1. shibuya246 says:

      yes, these are all taken with a Canon Powershot G10 not the Nikon D700. 🙂

      1. Neksus says:

        The one you used before this had grrrrrrrreat colors.
        Hope you don’t start going around with 3-4 cameras on your neck… and tripod in one hand. :))

        1. shibuya246 says:

          yes, I understand. These photos were taken last year before I bought the Nikon D700. After my hard drive broke I found these and thought it would be good to revisit the photos to show everyone more of the Sendai trip. irarely use the Canon Powershot G10 now and much prefer the Nikon. Weather is good in Tokyo today. Might be good day to go to Shibuya Crossing with Nikon in hand. Thanks 🙂

  2. whipcracker says:

    By counting the ringson that counting. You will know how old the tree is.
    by:whipcracker

  3. HELLOSHEENA says:

    Great pics. Beautiful. Makes me feel like I live there.

  4. Bill Wellham says:

    Lovely Pictures… My Wifes family are from Sendai. I have visited Matsushima. I enjoyed the walk around the Island the most. I can’t remember the name , although iy is the one across the long red bridge.

    Your pictures have a lot more interesting content than my own set. But is you would like to see my perspective, then try these:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/game1980/sets/72157606222951871/

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thanks for sharing. I liked the seagulls 🙂

  5. whipcracker says:

    via @Shibuya246: Matsushima, Sendai, Japan Photo-Post http://bt.io/EbwT Sure am glad you were able to recover these photos from the disk. It really would have been a shame if you couldn’t. I really like pine trees, especially the long needle variety, for my tree during christmas holiday. If I ever make it over there, I’ll have to bring alot of memory cards for the camera, and you’ll have to give me pointers on how to take a proper photograph. A great story to be told from your photos. And a tribute to the areas of which you take them

  6. Kesenaitsumi says:

    Wow… Great views you took there. My friends also planned to go there this march.

  7. jilliwill says:

    Just the most brilliant photos.
    I am visiting Sendai from Australia and went to the island for a quick visit today and hope to return.
    Thanks for sharing these because this is how it is

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