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“Japan Heritage” Certified by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in FY2016
The “DATE Culture” Fostered by Masamune
Constituent cultural property 33

33 Oshima (Oshima island)

33 Oshima (Oshima island)

A popular poetry subject that appears in many poems. Saigyo, a famous poet from the end of the Heian period, is said to have paid a visit. In the 12th century, there is a legend that HOJO Masako, the wife of MINAMOTONO Yoritomo, the first Shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate, sent a thousand pine trees, which gave Matsushima (lit. “pine islands”) its defining feature. It is believed that the sunrise over the archipelago of Matsushima Bay was associated with the Buddhist “Pure Land (paradise)” and therefore regarded as sacred. The scenery of bristling stone memorial monuments (Itabi, or “board-shaped monument”) represented by the “Monument of Raiken” were created during the Kamakura period and many are extant today. Many haiku poets started to pay visits, following the footsteps of MATSUO Basho who came in the 17th century.

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Stories : 3 Spreading of Culture After Masamune
Designated : 10 National Special Place of Scenic Beauty
Categories : 4 Restoration and Preservation of Poetry-associated Sites in the Michinoku Region by the Domain
Regions : 3 Matsushima Town
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Name : 33 Oshima (Oshima island)
Location : Shima, Matsushima-aza, Matsushima Town, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi
Location/Ownership/Traditional place
Matsushima Town
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Access and Tourists Spots

  • 1. Marubun Matsushima Kisen, Co., Ltd. Matsushima Office

    Take a tour around the famous picture-postcard scenery of the islands. Oyster pot cruise line enters service from December to March, which is very convenient for time-saving tourists who wish to enjoy the oyster cuisine and the scenery at the same time.

    98-1 Chonai, Matsushima-aza, Matsushima Town

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  • 2. Sokanzan

    Sokanzan is the hilly cape that protrudes towards the south into Matsushima Bay. The upper area is a park with an observatory deck where visitors can enjoy the views of both Shiogama and Matsushima, which is why this location was given a name which literally means, “mountain of two views.” The view reaches as far as the Oshika Peninsula and Mt. Kinka-san. The view of the sun rising over the Mt. Kinka-san is especially noteworthy, taking viewers’ breath away with its solemn and elegant beauty.

    Osawadaira, Matsushima-aza, Matsushima Town

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  • 3. Daigyoji Temple

    This temple was built upon the donations made by the first daughter of DATE Masamune named Princess Iroha. The 100th master priest of Zuiganji temple named Dosui Zenji also served as the founding priest of the temple. It is a prestigious temple that once had the honor of an Imperial Visit by the Emperor Meiji in 1876.

    93 Miura, Tetaru-aza, Matsushima Town

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  • 4. Four Great Views of Matsushima, Tomiyama (Beautiful view)

    It is one of the “Matsushima Shidaikan (Four Great Views of Matsushima)”, which offers a great view of the scenery of Matsushima Bay. One of the famous praises that was given to the site said, “The essence of Matsushima's beauty can be at Tomiyama”.

    Miura, Tetaru-aza, Matsushima Town

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  • 5. Matsushima Island Sightseeing Tour Cruise Ship Consortium

    Sightseeing cruise on a small pleasure boat will allow visitors to fully enjoy the ever-changing sceneries of various-sized strangely shaped rocks of Nio-jima, Kane-jima and Katsura-jima, or to take a close look at the details of rock surface or branches of pine trees.

    98-1 Chonai, Matsushima-aza, Matsushima Town

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“Japan Heritage” Certified by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in FY2016
The “DATE Culture” Fostered by Masamune

“DATE Culture” Promoting Project Executive Committee
Miyagi Prefectural Bureau of Education, Department of Cultural Properties Protection 8-1 Hon-cho 3-chome, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi