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Address: 91 Matsushimachonai, Miyagi-gun, Matsushima-machi 981-0213, Miyagi Prefecture
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Sad loss of towering cedars along entrance promenade

In April of 2016 we returned to Matsushima after many years. Our visit to Zuiganji confirmed what we had read: the temple was undergoing renovation and covered in... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2017
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Perth, Australia
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293 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't have great expectations, but this was an amazing place to visit. All the gold leaf used on the screens is amazing. The kitchen / gong interior was also very interesting. Definitely worthwhile.

Thank tamaletown
Honolulu, Hawaii
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Zuiganji temple is a major Zen Buddhist temple in Japan that was established in 828 AD. At that time Matsushima Bay was considered close to paradise. The temple has some magnificent rooms, such as the Peacock room and the High Room. It's worth a visit to get a feel for what living in Japan was like for the samurai warrior.... More 

Thank Gershon666
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381 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 736 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

In April of 2016 we returned to Matsushima after many years. Our visit to Zuiganji confirmed what we had read: the temple was undergoing renovation and covered in scaffolding and tarps. Although the temple was open to visitors the exterior was under wraps. We were saddened to see that so many of the tall stately cedar trees, which once lined... More 

Thank hfot2
Jakarta, Indonesia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Zuiganji is the family temple of the Date family who used to rule most of northern Japan. The facade of the temple is understated, but the inside is a beauty. Visitors are allowed to walk around the main hall and peruse the magnificent painted sliding doors and the various rooms. Signage in English, minimal but enough to give an overall... More 

Thank GraciaW83
Hong Kong, China
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271 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Matsushima is one of the 3 Japan view, that you cannot miss. And, if you're visiting Matsushima, don't miss this Zuiganji Temple - with long history since the samurai period. It was rebuilt and opened to public again.

Thank Aomori
Parksville, Canada
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This temple is still being rebuilt after the 2011 Tsunami disaster but the main hall, the museum and the temple kitchen are now open. Interior photos are not allowed but walking around the interior visitors walkway is very satisfying. There are room after room of stunning paintings. Beautiful woodwork used in the assembly of the building. Wood was brought from... More 

Thank Bomani
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Large parts of this complex are being re-built after the 2011 disaster in the area when much of the temple was destroyed. diagrams show how the work is being carried out and materials used.

Thank Brucie32
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280 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

The Golden Hall is once again open for viewing after over five years of restoration. The magnificently carved doors and roof beams still show traces of paint, and I hope that they, too, will be restored as they must have been beautiful. The golden paintings on the fusama are exquisite. They are replicas as the delicate originals are preserved in... More 

Thank Barbara W
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

This was a nice way to get out of the shade but the temple was not as impressive as ones I visited in Tokyo or some of the other ones in the town. Flowers were very pretty

Thank Rachel B
Singapore, Singapore
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Much of this temple is under renovation. But you can still visit it and see the fascinating caves outside, as well as enter the main hall and see the beautiful rooms inside. There are English descriptions of the room.

Thank Yew Hong N

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