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Located on a hilltop, Petit Hotel Bistro Abalon boasts sweeping views of the ocean and Matsushima Islands, renowned as one of the Three Views of Japan. The hotel decoration makes us feel like home. The traditional Japanese shared bathroom was very nice. The sunrise view from the top floor of the hotel was amazing!
Resembling a Balinese resort, the Breezbay Seaside Resort in Matsushima offers massages, beauty treatments and tropical room decorations. Very quiet and comfortable. Spacious room. Great breakfast included. Excellent private (and public) baths. Shuttle service. Friendly staff.
Uchi is situated in Matsushima, 200 metres from Zuigan-ji Temple. Guests can enjoy beer and sake at the on-site bar while listening to music or watching TV in the common area. Clean rooms, kind English-speaking staff and great location (near all the sightseeing spots)
Set in Matsushima, Miyagi region, Matsushima Hotel Waraku is located 8 km from Shiogama Fish market. Good location. Near station, easy to access. Walking distance to the main attractions. If arrive earler before sunset would be so amazing for the scenery.
Located in Matsushima and within 1.4 km of Entsuin Temple, Matsushima Komura features a garden, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. The property is situated 8 km from Shiogama Fish market. I had a wonderful time staying with the Takedas and their dogs, Mito and Ohma, at Matsushima Komura. Yoshie-san made me feel right at home and she gave me suggestions about what I should do while I was in Matsushima. It takes about ten minutes to walk from the ryokan to the centre of town (i.e., Godaido, Zuiganji, Entsuin, and the ferry departure point). It is just across the river from the Matsushima Station. Would definitely recommend this for anyone wanting to visit Matsushima!
Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Hotel Matsushima Taikanso offers accommodation in Matsushima, 1 km from Zuigen Temple. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. View from the room is amazing. View of hot spring is also good. Staffs are very friendly. I left my wallet in the room when I checked out. I called the hotel and ask whether they can find it and keep it at the front desk. I went back the hotel 4 hours later, my wallet was found and well kept by the hotel. I really want to thank for all staffs.
Beautiful place to visit. Great seafood, including giant oysters. Take boat ride around small islands (45 min); ATM at Family Market (15 min walk). I would revisit. Very few foreign tourists. Sunday busy with locals visiting by train. Only one hour from Tokyo on Shinkansen via Sendai. Walk and see sights early to avoid crowds.
Loved the history of the place, from Basho to Einstein visiting! Also hearing from our host about Matsushima’s role as one of the few surviving towns, in the rescue mission following 3/11. Lovely walks and cruise of the bay. Watching the sun fade over the bay from an outdoor onsen is a memory I will take with me.
I've travelled extensively throughout Japan, and Matsushima is in my top ten. On my next visitthough, I'll stay in Sendai. It's only half an hour away by train to MatsushimaKaigan station (don't take the tokaido line to Matsushima station). Once there get straight on the ferry return cruise and once on the boat pay the extra ¥600 to get on the top level where you get a better view. You definitely need a zoom lens up to around 200mm, but anything up to 105mm should be fine. The ferry takes about an hour, which leaves plenty of time for Godaido Temple right next door (half an hour at most here) and then over to Fukuurajima across the looooong vermilion bridge. You could wander around this island for two or three hours viewing near by islets and then have a picnic in the central park. Next, cross back over and past the ferry pier to Oshima island. Oshima is packed with dozens of photo opps and has a distinctive vibe about it, so you could spend an hour or two here very easily. If you head back to the station at this point you'd be back in Sendai by six pm, if you left around nine am.
Why would you come to Matsushima? Because it is a little Pocket Japan, having all the essentials you need to make an Japanophile happy. It has the ancient temples for the history buff (I spent a lot of time salivating over the golden knobs in Zuiganji), it has all the knobbly Pine Trees you want (Matsu means Pine after all). Basho, Haiku extraordinaire and your original, medieval Backpacker came here and compared this place to something out of some heavenly abode (he was exaggerating a little, just a little). There are little shophouses serving you your matcha and mochi, seagulls trying to steal your kamaboko (Miyagi's famous barbecue fish paste on a stick, better than a hotdog), and oyster babies being nurtured, shucked and served when matured. And then you have the ferry boats, bringing you to the Matsushima Bay and Beyond (I highly recommend taking a boat to ooh and ahh at all 260 Islands of Matsushima. Though you'll not see all. Also because the captainers are friendly people) And just inside the residential area you have...SCHOOLGIRLS. And school boys. Taking trains. I'm not an anime fan myself but I can see why people can be fascinated by seeing young people in sailor costumes walking around in a hoard. Better than Orks in leather. Maybe the best of all...you don't get that many foreign tourists as the southern parts of Japan, so it is still relatively quiet and serene if you go at the wrong times.
One of the most beautiful places I've been. The seafood was awesome as well! I can't remember the names, but any places that sold fresh seafood along the Main Street was delicious! Everybody was friendly.
Loved the beauty of Matsushima. Was only there for 1 night so didn't get a chance to hike up to the temples unfortunately. there were a lot of day trip tourists to compete with around 11am-3pm. Would recommend staying 2 nights and just taking your time meandering around at you leisure away from the crowds to really get a feel for the beauty and the peace.
8.6 Fabulous 50 reviews
I can't say enough about how friendly and welcoming and accommodating the Takeda's were during our stay. They are perfect hosts, and even drove us to the station the next morning. The breakfast was exceptional because it features all local foods, and one thing I truly love about Matsushima Komura is that it's dedicated to supporting recovery efforts from the Fukushima Disaster, and promotes local business, and hosts recovery volunteer groups. Also, the puppies are adorable!
8.3 Very good 50 reviews
This hotel is one of the best - and certainly offers the best value - of the dozens we've stayed in Japan. It doesn't look too promising on the outside, but the rooms are spacious, quiet, and have magnificent views. And in the restaurant the fish of all kinds - sashimi, sushi, fried, is absolutely delicious. Perhaps it was the best sushi we have ever tasted. Very highly recommended.
8.3 Very good 44 reviews
Fantastic room with a wide window looking over the mountains. Very well layed out. The public baths offer a beautifull view over the bay with the numerous islands; to contemplate and to experience the hot water. On request the futons were made up for us during dinnertime. Dinner in the Japanese restaurant was very good.
8.2 Very good 122 reviews
The private bath tub was really great! On the upper floor there was a small room with a magnificent view over the surroundings, including the famous bay of Matsushima with its islands. The staff was very friendly; we were very happy with the shuttle service offered by the accommodation.
9.3 Superb 538 reviews
Very friendly owner with excellent English skills. It was interesting to chat with him, he even invited us for dinner at a closed restaurant. The guesthouse is new, very clean and comfortable. I highly recommend this place if you are planning to stay at Matsushima.
8.5 Very good 83 reviews
The pools were lovely, the staff were helpful and friendly. The breakfast had a great selection of Japanese and European choices. Bedrooms and bathrooms satisfactory, like the complimentary room accessories. The view into the bay was incredible.
6.7 Review score 188 reviews
Beautiful location. Fantastic view. Quiet village on a beautiful bay. Ferry ride was nice. Some good walks to go on. Good place to go and relax for a couple days. Staff were fantastic. Overall a good experience.
7.8 Good 86 reviews
Half board dinner and breakfast were excellent. Arrived late due to weather and driving traffic, but hotel kindly accommodated late dinner for us.
8.8 Fabulous 325 reviews
5 star! Beautiful onsen. Extra large room with view of the bay. Impeccable service. Best buffet breakfast I have ever had, ever...
8.5 Very good 173 reviews
Staff were very polite and helpful despite having almost no English. Room was comfy, warm, clean, modern. Quiet hotel.
8.8 Fabulous 133 reviews
Beautiful Onsen with excellent food in a very nice hotel surrounded by impeccable scenery of Matsushima Bay
7.8 Good 22 reviews
Excellent location, super breakfast, very friendly staff, japanese traditional style