It’s easy to see why Zuiganji in Matsushima (Miyagi Prefecture) was given the title of ‘National Treasure’ and why people from all over the world flock to pay their respects at this age-old Zen Buddhist Temple.
The many "prayer" caves that surround the temple and the Hondo (main building) are a sight to behold and recalls the serene monastic life.
Not to be missed are the many Fusuma - gilded and beautifully lacquered sliding doors - glistening in each of the temple rooms that tell of the handiwork of artisans back in the day.
The temple also has nightingale alarm floors and watchtowers - features normally only seen in castles because it was built at the end of a long period of civil war.
Price: Adults, 700 Yen; Children, 400 Yen
Address: Chōnai-91 Matsushima, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-0213
Opening Hours: 8AM-5PM, Daily (Last admission at 4:30PM)
How to get there:
From JR Sendai Station, take the JR Senseki Line to JR Matsushimakaigan Station (40 minutes). It is about 10 minutes’ walk to Zuiganji Temple from the station.
Article by TheSmartLocal.com