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Godaido, Matsushima-machi
(3.2/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Admire twelve Zodiac animal carvings on the wall of Godaido, a temple founded by a Tendai monk in 828 CE. The site depicts five wisdom kings of Japanese Buddhism. The temple opens its door only once every 33 years to display its sacred statues (it was last opened in 2006), so don't plan to go inside. Sitting on the small island, the free site has easy access by three walking bridges and features a souvenir shop nearby. Use our Matsushima-machi vacation trip planner to visit Godaido on your trip to Matsushima-machi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Because it is the watermark bridge to go to five red-painted bridge is unfaithful do not. I would also check out under the eaves of the temple is carved the Zodiac according to the directions so interesting. In addition, because there are many great views of Matsushima view from godaido also is recommended.
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  • Accessible by crossing two cute red bridge, the wooden temple is surrounded by a beautiful view on the see and other islands. 
  • There is a small island in front of the small island of five, went over the three Red Bridge. Look under the bridge has a clearance, so a little bit exciting. Godaido small island is nearly full. It is now slowly, so no big five Hall.
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