VISITING GODAIDO TEMPLE, MATSUSHIMA – After walking around Matsushima Retro Gallery, we went all the way up to Godaido Temple. This is a must-see symbol of Matsushima. It was founded in 807 and reconstructed by Date Masamune in 1604. It is named for five Buddhas of wisdom housed within. Leading to the temple are unusual red bridges with spaces between the planks – if you trip you are not yet ready to reach the temple! Free to enter, closed evenings.

Since the Edo periode some 400 years ago, Matsushima has been known as one of the “Three Most Scenic Spots of Japan,” along with Miyajima (Hiroshima) and Amanohashidate (Kyoto). Recently, Matsushima has also been recognized internationally. In 2013, Matsushima became the first bay in Japan to be accepted into the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World” association, joining well-known bays including Mont Saint-Michel and San Francisco. Any excuse is valid to go back.

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