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Located half an hour outside of Sendai, Matsushima is famous for its bay. For hundreds of years, Matsushima Bay has been celebrated as one of Japan’s three most scenic views (alongside Miyajima and Amanohashidate). The bay is dotted by over 200 small islands covered by pine trees. The small town is also known for Zuiganji, one of the Tohoku Region’s most important Zen temples.

Matsushima was hit by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, but escaped major damage thanks to its protected location inside the island-dotted bay. Most tourist attractions, shops, and hotels reopened within a few weeks or months of the earthquake.

Famous for its sea views and sunsets, you can try the local foods, all while walking around the tourist-friendly Matsushima shoreline. Enjoy close up views of the hundreds of pine tree-covered islands in the bay on a sightseeing boat cruise (approx 50mins).