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Zuiganji Temple, Matsushima-machi

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
The most famous Zen temple in northern Japan, Zuiganji Temple 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 Zuiganji Temple 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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  • Didn't have great expectations, but this was an amazing place to visit. All the gold leaf used on the screens is amazing. The kitchen / gong interior was also very interesting. Definitely worthwhile.  more »
  • Zuiganji temple is a major Zen Buddhist temple in Japan that was established in 828 AD. At that time Matsushima Bay was considered close to paradise. The temple has some magnificent rooms, such as the...  more »
  • In April of 2016 we returned to Matsushima after many years. Our visit to Zuiganji confirmed what we had read: the temple was undergoing renovation and covered in scaffolding and tarps. Although the t...  more »
  • 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.
  • Awesome place to visit with great sites on the interior. A lot of it is all original.
  • 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.