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Things to do: religious sites, sightseeing, historic sites
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan. That list still holds weight in modern Japanese society, and the view hasn't lost its impact, either. Here, forested limestone islets lie artfully arranged across the water, left largely unblemished by development. Most itineraries in Matsushima-machi will also include a trip to its storied temple, one of the most famous and historic Zen temples in the region. Add Matsushima-machi and other destinations to your itinerary using our Japan holiday planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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The most popular accommodations in Matsushima-machi lie close to the bay, offering views of the forested limestone landmasses. Hotels large and small, traditional and modern, occupy the area to the east side of the bay, with many of the options offering onsite onsens. Explore options near the train stations for a set of simpler, more budget-friendly places to stay, including hotels, guesthouses, and hostels.
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