Over the Bridge to Matsushima's Garden Island

福浦島 / Fukuurajima Island

Area : Matsushima Bay

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    Fukuurajima Island is a highlight of Matsushima hidden in plain sight. While sightseeing boats give great island views from the sea, and scenic overlooks give a great view from land, a visit to Matsushima isn't complete without setting foot on an island yourself.

    Cross the 252 meter-long Fukuurabashi Bridge (fee) to explore this garden island. Well-maintained walking trails crisscross the island and pass by more than 300 species of plants and trees. There is little danger of getting lost as a full loop of the island can be completed in 30 minutes. Near the center of the island is a small temple devoted to Benzaiten, the goddess of fortune, with unusual decorations placed around it by worshippers.

    From late winter to mid-summer Fukuurajima Island is enlivened by many types of flowers in bloom including camellia, sakura, and tulips. Around the island are scenic overlooks with benches to take a rest. Bring a snack to enjoy in the grassy picnic area with tables.

    Local Voice

    "Fukkurajima is a place I loved to visit in late afternoon. You can sit and watch the boats go by and sometimes get treated to a spectacular sunset over the town. Even when Matsushima gets crowded, this island feels like an oasis."

    Roger Smith

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Fukuurajima, Matsushima Town, Miyagi Prefecture


+81 22-354-3457


13-min. walk from Matsushimakaigan Sta.




No closing days


200 yen adults, 100 yen Elementary & Junior High School students, Credit Cards: No


Some English



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