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91 Matsushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun 981-0213, Miyagi Prefecture
+81 22-354-2023
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91 Matsushimachonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun 981-0213, Miyagi Prefecture
+81 22-354-2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Regal walkway lined with cedar trees. The Kuri (wherein Zen meals were prepared in the ancient past) is beautifully preserved; one can appreciate the details of traditional japanese architecture, such as the intricately carved ranma (window/screen above a sliding door in traditional japanese houses) and...More

Thank YubaPrincess
Reviewed 6 July 2017

This temple was an amazing place to see. The huge buildings and architecture was just incredible. How these carvings and structures have survived all the centuries is amazing. There is a museum as well that lets you see some of the original artwork and paintings...More

Thank Greg A
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Didn't have great expectations, but this was an amazing place to visit. All the gold leaf used on the screens is amazing. The kitchen / gong interior was also very interesting. Definitely worthwhile.

Thank tamaletown
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Zuiganji temple is a major Zen Buddhist temple in Japan that was established in 828 AD. At that time Matsushima Bay was considered close to paradise. The temple has some magnificent rooms, such as the Peacock room and the High Room. It's worth a visit...More

1  Thank Gershon666
Reviewed 7 March 2017

In April of 2016 we returned to Matsushima after many years. Our visit to Zuiganji confirmed what we had read: the temple was undergoing renovation and covered in scaffolding and tarps. Although the temple was open to visitors the exterior was under wraps. We were...More

1  Thank hfot2
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Zuiganji is the family temple of the Date family who used to rule most of northern Japan. The facade of the temple is understated, but the inside is a beauty. Visitors are allowed to walk around the main hall and peruse the magnificent painted sliding...More

1  Thank Gracia83
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Matsushima is one of the 3 Japan view, that you cannot miss. And, if you're visiting Matsushima, don't miss this Zuiganji Temple - with long history since the samurai period. It was rebuilt and opened to public again.

Thank Aomori
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This temple is still being rebuilt after the 2011 Tsunami disaster but the main hall, the museum and the temple kitchen are now open. Interior photos are not allowed but walking around the interior visitors walkway is very satisfying. There are room after room of...More

Thank Bomani
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Large parts of this complex are being re-built after the 2011 disaster in the area when much of the temple was destroyed. diagrams show how the work is being carried out and materials used.

Thank Brucie32
Reviewed 2 October 2016

The Golden Hall is once again open for viewing after over five years of restoration. The magnificently carved doors and roof beams still show traces of paint, and I hope that they, too, will be restored as they must have been beautiful. The golden paintings...More

Thank Barbara W
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