Zuiganji
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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stefaniecst
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia6,386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Zuigan-ji and Entsuin temple located next to each other. It’s a nice stroll and relaxing historical place to be .

Had bracelet making here and bought bracelet for health here. Located very near to Matsushima bay
Written 9 March 2023
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan5,061 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
松島を代表する寺院の一つ。時の権力者による宗派や寺の名前の変遷、大地震等による被災等数々の艱難辛苦を乗り越えながらも、静謐ながら堂々たる仏閣の姿を今に残している。
この寺院だけでなく、周辺の寺院を含め、この地帯の地形の特徴からか、洞窟や岩窟の史跡が多い。これらの史跡には立ち入ることが出来ないが、歴史に残る数々の僧の修業の場、供養場でもあり、往年の寺院の姿に思いを馳せることが出来るだろう。また境内には、伊達政宗公が文禄の役の際に朝鮮から持ち帰り手植えされたとする、紅白の梅『臥龍梅』がある、まだ寒さの残る春先の季節に美しく咲き誇り、ほのかな梅の香りを漂わせる。
本堂・庫裡・宝物館のエリアは有料となっており、これらの建物内は全て撮影禁止となっている。特に本堂内は非常に豪華で美しい屏風の数々を見ることが出来るが、前述の通り撮影禁止であるため、しっかりと目に焼き付けておきたい。本堂・庫裡に入る際は靴の脱着場があり、そこに段差があるるが、そこさえ気を付けていれば車椅子等の障碍を持つ方でも利用しやすい寺院となっている。

It's one of the representative temples of Matsushima. The temple has been through many hardships and tribulations, such as changes in religious sects and names due to those in power at the time, and damage caused by major earthquakes, but it still retains its serene yet imposing appearance.
Not only this temple, but also many other temples in the surrounding area have historic sites of caves and grottoes, probably due to the geographical features of this area. Although it's not possible to enter these historic sites, they are places where many historical monks have been trained and memorial services have been held, and visitors can recall the appearance of the temples of the past. In the precincts of the temple, there is a red and white plum tree called "Garyu-bai" which was brought back from Korea by Lord Date Masamune during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 and planted by hand.
There is a charge for the main hall, the kori (storehouse), and the museum of treasures, and photography is prohibited in all of these buildings. In the main hall, in particular, you can see many gorgeous and beautiful folding screens, but as mentioned above, photography is prohibited, so you should make sure to take a good look at them. There are steps to remove your shoes when entering the main hall and the kori, but as long as you are careful with these steps, the temple is accessible to people with disabilities such as wheelchairs.
Written 15 November 2022
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Lynkster
Australia249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Photography is permitted only in the outer gardens and not within the main hall of the temple itself. Undoubtedly, Zuiganji is the main crown jewel of all the buildings in Matsushima. Tickets need to be bought to access the main hall, and you can see the various wall and screen paintings, plus good English descriptions of the rooms and exhibitions. However, it doesn't really take long to view the two buildings that are accessible to the public.
Written 9 December 2019
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I was there in the morning and it was already attracting tourists. There are three temple/shrines next to each other, one closed to the public. The is so much more going on also, caves, cemeteries and statues of all types.
Written 1 November 2019
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KaT
105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The temple is very impressive. The rooms are just beautful and with a lot of impressive details. The gardens are very nice. The place is a must see in Matsushima.
Written 12 October 2019
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MarkKwok
Vancouver137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
What makes this temple different from others is the caves to the right of the approach to the main hall. Apparently the caves were carved by the ocean. 2/3 of the way down on the approach is a sign indicating the spot where the 2011 tsunami hit. It was a long way from the pier and left one imagining the scale of the tsunami.

The main hall has a number of rooms including one for exclusive use of the emperor but remained unused for 267 years until Emperor Meiji spent a night in 1876.
Written 16 September 2019
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Brad H
Sydney, Australia3,784 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
What a stunning place! The forest setting and the beautiful temple are absolutely wonderful. It’s possible to walk through the main temple (shoes off), and this is a real treat. There is a museum to visit as well and whilst the pieces
While interesting, there were limited descriptions in English.

This is certainly one of the highlights when visiting Matsushima.
Written 12 August 2019
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david_in_oregon
Portland, OR65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was pretty fascinating. You get to see 6 inch thick tatami mats, details on the construction on the rather excellent root and a whole bunch of other stuff. If you want to see the bones of a clan leader's pad, come here.
Written 23 June 2019
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Alissila
Cham, Switzerland657 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
The tsunami of 2011 destroyed the massive Gate to Zuiganji and sadly decimated the beautiful forest leading up to the temple. The salt water of the tsunami destroyed all the trees on the left side of the path.
Zuiganji has beautifully constructed ceilings and roofs and a nightingale floor in the hallway.
Written 25 May 2019
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C W B
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Visited April 29 2019 with a group from a cruise ship. Very neat grounds with many beautiful plants. Some were blooming which added to the beauty. You must take your shoes off and carry them while touring the temple. No photos allowed. Most original objects are in the museum. I enjoyed the museum. There are stairs in the museum.
Written 21 May 2019
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