Godaido, Matsushima-machi

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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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  • August 15, 2017
    Watermarks on the way to five bridges are quite scary and thrilling. Visitors also had scary severally. I think you and glancing at the bottom along the boards in the middle. After crossing the great Matsushima views spread in front of as a reward. Matsushima in godaido shrine, Japan Sankei in scenic spots and you can taste.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Bridge plates are lean. Contracting out, across the bridge! The sense that it is. I was quite scared. Matsushima Bay from here.
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  • August 6, 2017
    We stopped by to date Masamune History Museum, enjoy the sightseeing ship of Matsushima Bay. I'm a Morisaki of zuigan-ji Temple. Because it contains the five Ming and godaido. The bridge in the Middle than it is a historic building, but quite thrilling.
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