Matsushima Bay, as I think I've mentioned before, is a bay full of pine covered islands. The kanji for the name kind of give this away, since they're 松-pine tree and島-island. It's one of Japan's '3 most scenic views'. I'd hate to be disloyal to Miyagi, but, well, I don't think it's exactly deserving of it's ranking. It's nice and peaceful and pretty enough, but I think Matsuo Basho must have been looking through some rose tinted glasses (or smoking something too strong) when he penned the haiku;
A-ah, Matsushima, ah!
apparently because he was lost for words at the beauty! Hmmm.
John and I had a lovely day though, wandering around the islands and exploring the edges of a nearby shrine.
The biggest elm in Miyagi prefecture. What an accolade!
Walking over this bridge to Godaido, an island temple. Apparently you're supposed to look at the water to centre yourself before you reach the island so you can worship with concentration.
Out to sea from Godaido
Inside are 5 enshrined deities (go=五＝5), but if you want to see them you'll have to wait a while...they're only displayed to the public once every 33 years! The last time was in 2006, so you've still got 27 years to wait. Bad luck.
Bridge to Fukuurajima
I love looking out to sea.
Cool rocks on Fukuurajima
Apparently crossing this bridge allows you to have new relationships...was it good or bad that we crossed separately?!
Good spot for a bento picnic lunch!
Shrine on the island
The island is covered with walks and lovely views across the bay.
I'm all for fresh sashimi, but I think this is taking it a bit too far!
This cheery chappy is outside Zuiganji temple. The temple itself is supposed to be lovely, but it'll have to wait for another day. It's ¥700 to get in, so we thought we'd save it for when we come with parents.
A strange tree
Caves near the temple, full of statues
Thanks for a lovely day Matsushima! We'll be back, just don't expect any haikus!