AreaMatsushima Bay

Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park

西行戻しの松公園 | Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park

Park with panoramic view of Matsushima Bay

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Saigyo Hoshi was a monk and poet who lived during the twelfth century. Legend has it that weary after a long journey to Matsushima, he arrived at a hill where he took a rest under a great pine tree. It was there where a young boy joined him, challenging him with Buddhist riddles. Ashamed by his inability to answer, Saigyo gave up on his journey and turned back from whence he came. This public park is named after the encounter (literally “the pine tree which made Saigyo return”). The grove where Saigyo once rested is located near Cafe le Roman, and memorialized with a stone marker.

    This park offers one of the best panoramic views of Matsushima Bay, especially spectacular at sunrise. In spring, the park’s 260 cherry trees come into bloom, framing the view in frilly pink blossoms.

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Details

ADDRESS

Inuta Matsushima, Matsushima, Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture 981-0213

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

21-min. walk or 5-min. taxi ride from Matsushimakaigan Station (Senseki Line)

ADMISSION

Free

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

Yes

HOURS

Always open

CLOSED DAYS

None

PHONE

022-354-5708 (Town of Matsushima Tourism Section)

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