Monday, April 27, 2009

Matsushima Bay

Matsushima Bay
basic information

Matsushima Bay has been celebrated as one of Japan's three most scenic views (the other two are Miyajima and Amanohashidate). The bay is dotted by over 200 small islands covered by pine trees.

A good way to enjoy the bay is to get on a cruise boat. There are round trips starting and ending at Matsushima and boats from Matsushima to the nearby city of Shiogama. Longer cruises will get you to the more remote areas of Oku-Matsushima which are less spoiled by industrial and urban development.

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how to get there

Cruises depart from Matsushima Pier, a 5-10 minute walk from Matsushima Kaigan Station on the JR Senseki Line, and from Shiogama Pier, a 5-10 minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station, three station ahead of Matsushima Kaigan Station on the same line.

A popular route is taking the Senseki Line from Sendai to Shiogama, then the cruise boat to Matsushima, before returning to Sendai from Matsushima Kaigan Station, or the other way around.

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