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Entsuin Temple, Matsushima-machi

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Religious Site
Built in 1646, Entsuin Temple represents the most important temple of the area, which also serves as the mausoleum of Date Mitsumune. Unfortunately, the lord died young, at the age of 19. A statue depicts him on a white horse, surrounded by his faithful devotees. Tour the interiors to see the gold-leaf decor, with Western symbols such as hearts, spades, and crosses. The grounds of the temple contain several gardens, each with a different theme. Talk a walk through the rose and rock gardens, and then grab a bite at the restaurant on site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Entsuin Temple and many more Matsushima-machi attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Matsushima-machi itinerary planner.
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  • As has been stated, the gardens here are lovely. Definitely worth going. Intersting mausoleum at the back of the property.  more »
  • This may not be such a big place compared to Zuiganji-temple, but it's got such beautiful gardens and there are many photo spots. First of all, the rock garden attracts your eyes; the contrast of whit...  more »
  • Spend a restful half hour sitting in these gardens to refresh tired legs. Beautiful array of different floweres from roses to dahlias along with acer and anenome.  more »
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  • Came here during Matsushima light up. The whole temple is lighten up with colorful lights, it was beautiful with the combination between the trees and the lights.
  • The most stunning Japanese gardens I've seen. The variety! Bamboo grove, rose garden, lake, rock garden, cedars, summer house, moss... an absolutely perfect spot, take your time and enjoy.
  • Matsushima Fall Light Up at Entsuiin Temple Every fall, the folks at Entsuiin temple in Matsushima pull out all the stops and make magic happen. In this case, the magic in question is for Matsushima's annual Fall Light Up event, which also includes an event Friday and Saturday nights at the historical Kanrantei teahouse, a food truck pavillion, scenic night boat rides to see the color on the outlying islands, and even a free foot bath. Tickets for the Entsuiin portion of the event are 500 yen per adult and 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students. For those eager to enjoy the fall colors in northern Japan but lacking the time to take a trip to the mountains, this event is perfect. The doors to Entsuiin open at 5:30 and the event runs until 9PM. If you're interested, come soon as the Light Up experience is only available until November 23rd. Remember at the temple to slow down to take your best shots in the dark. Selfie sticks, tripods, monopods and drones are not allowed within the temple gardens, so a steady hand would be beneficial. This event does attract a small crowd, and with temperatures dropping, dress warm and come early to ensure the best possible experience.
  • Beautiful scenery.
  • Very nice gardens, including a stone garden.