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Zuigan-ji (Zuigan Temple)

  • 91 Matsushima Aza Chonai Map It
  • Matsu-shima
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

Matsushima's main temple dates from 828, but the present structure was rebuilt to meet Date Masamune's tastes in 1609. Zuiganji is perhaps the most representative Zen temple in the Tohoku region. The main hall is currently out of bounds for a major renovation, due to end in March 2018. Instead, you can visit other parts of the temple not usually open to the public, such as the small but gorgeously decorated mausoleum of Date Masamune's grandson. The museum, filled with the temple's treasures including a statue of the warlord, is also well worth visiting. The natural caves surrounding the temple are filled with Buddhist statues that novices carved from the rock face as part of their training. Tours in English are available if you call ahead.

Sight Information


91 Matsushima Aza Chonai, Matsu-shima, Miyagi-ken, 981-0213, Japan

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022-354–2023; 022-354–3218-English tours

Sight Details:

  • ¥700
  • Daily: Apr.–Sept. 8–5; Oct. and Mar. 8–4:30; Dec. and Jan. 8–3:30; Nov. and Feb. 8–4

Published 12/10/2015


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