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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!
Boasting a garden and a shared lounge, Hotel Ubudo is located in Matsushima and is 900 metres from Entsuin Temple. The hotel is very nice and comfortable, beautiful rooms and a bathroom with a view. The hotel is very close to the red bridge leading to Fukuurajima and all the other attractions.
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. Great time sitting together and chatting, with some beer and Japanese wine. Just the kind of place that I expected for Matsushima. Also the location is quite good.
Located in Matsushima, within 1.4 km of Entsuin Temple and 8 km of Shiogama Fish market, Matsushima Komura provides accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free... 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.
Very beautiful coastal town! Having two different train stations on each side of the town, makes the getting to/from very flexible and easy. Definitely a must see when visiting Sendai or the Tohoku/Myagi Area.
This is a very nice little town and a nice place to visit - I would go back. Good harbour cruise, nice temple visit - there are three close together. Oh and the castle shown on google maps is FAKE; its not a castle its a private residence.
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.
8.1 Very good 42 reviews
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.
6.6 Review score 243 reviews
It’s your standard Japanese drama mystery onsen hotel with the long lobby, tatami rooms, seperate baths that change over during the day, banquet rooms. It was well priced, easy to understand instructions nice big baths and a great view overlooking the bay of pine islands. Close to the famous temples and ferry port .
8.8 Fabulous 144 reviews
It was a amazing experience. The staff was very helpful and courteous. We had a incredible view on the bay from our traditional Japanese room. We book for our free private session in the Onsen at the check-in. It was totally relaxing and Zen. I recommend this hotel if you want to experience a great Ryokkan.
7.8 Good 74 reviews
The food (original japanese) is very good, but the best is the location of the hotel: leaving the hotel turn left, and you can make beautiful hike towards some spectacular spots on the matsushima shore (check Google maps and streetview). Takes about 2 - 3 hours and it is highly recommended.
8.7 Fabulous 159 reviews
An outstanding place to stay in a truly beautiful part of Japan. The building and facilities are a perfect mix of traditional and practically modern. But the most exceptional thing about Koumura is its owners, who are incredibly kind and hospitable.
7.9 Good 76 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.
9.3 Superb 577 reviews
The owner was very nice helpful and talkative which was great for me because after 2 months of traveling alone in Japan I didn't care as much about the attractions but more about the people.
8.2 Very good 119 reviews
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!
8.8 Fabulous 267 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 184 reviews
Staff were very polite and helpful despite having almost no English. Room was comfy, warm, clean, modern. Quiet hotel.
7.4 Good 48 reviews
Excellent location, super breakfast, very friendly staff, japanese traditional style