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Zuigan-ji, Matsushima-machi
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The most famous Zen temple in northern Japan, Zuigan-ji features gilded fusuma sliding doors. Completed in 1609, the building remains a fine example of the elaborate Momoyama style. Don't miss the Peacock Room, the temple's main attraction, boasting colorful carvings and designated a national treasure. Make Zuigan-ji a centerpiece of your Matsushima-machi vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Matsushima-machi vacation planner.
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  • 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...  more »
  • Old temple with a history of date Masamune feel dignified, solemn note Temple is. I will want to imagine the scene of transitory in the Edo period from the warring States period.
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  • 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 vi...  more »
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  • Beautiful temple atop a hill! en route you will pass by a cemetery. The tombstones are in immaculate condition! The temple is in great condition, obviously great care has been taken in maintaining it. the view towards the Bay is fantastic from this high up.
  • Under heavy renovation as of Oct 16. The buildings are impressive, but I prefer the gardens next door.
  • Great place for a stroll among historic monuments.
  • Currently mostly under renovation. The lacquer shrine is very pretty, and the onsite museum has an imposing samurai statue.
  • Autumn leaves lighted up. Great satisfaction to a mysterious light. Inspiring world of fall foliage, especially reflected in the pond. My wife was satisfied by its beauty.
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