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    Matsushima has had a long history as a sightseeing spot because of its beautiful landscape. It is also known as a historically important location for being a base of the shogunate during the Sengoku (Warring States) period. You will see and learn the history and the local culture by visiting historical sites and experiencing local activities.Matsushima has had a long history as a sightseeing spot due to its beautiful landscape. However, this is not the only reason that this area was well-known. This area is also known as a historically important location for being a base of the shogunate during the Sengoku (Warring States) period and is deeply associated with Masamune Date, the samurai ruler of the Sendai region who was known as ”Dokuganryu” (one-eyed hero), as he could only see with one eye.

    After Matsushima became a base for the Date family, they built a number of impressive facilities such as Zuiganji Temple, registered as a National Treasure and a symbol of Matsushima. These are only a small portions of the fascinating story of Matsushima.

    10am – Meet your guide at the Matsushima-Kaigan station

    10:15am to 11:15am – Enjoy a tea ceremony at the Kanrantei Teahouse, one of the Miyagi prefecture’s tangible cultural properties. The tea ceremony will be held in the Goza-no-ma room, which is not open to the public. You will have special access to this room and experience the tea ceremony. You will enjoy traditional Japanese green tea with a stunning view of the Matsushima bay.

    11:30am to 3pm – Cycling tour with a lunch break
    You will visit local, historical sites on a bicycle. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Matsushima through seeing the local lifestyle. Visit some of the most popular attractions including the Zuiganji Temple (a National Treasure and Important Cultural Property), Godaido Temple (Important Cultural Property), the Entsuin Temple, and, if time allows, the Pine Tree of “Saigyo Modoshi”.

    3pm-3:50pm – Ride a sightseeing boat
    This is a short cruise of Matsushima Bay in order to enjoy the beautiful landscape from the boat!

    4pm – The tour ends at Matsuhima-Kaigan station.

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