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Address: 91 Matsushimachonai, Miyagi-gun, Matsushima-machi 981-0213, Miyagi Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 22-354-2023
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This temple is still being rebuilt after the 2011 Tsunami disaster but the main hall, the museum and the temple kitchen are now open. Interior photos are not allowed but walking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Parksville, Canada
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Parksville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This temple is still being rebuilt after the 2011 Tsunami disaster but the main hall, the museum and the temple kitchen are now open. Interior photos are not allowed but walking around the interior visitors walkway is very satisfying. There are room after room of stunning paintings. Beautiful woodwork used in the assembly of the building. Wood was brought from... More 

Thank Bomani
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Large parts of this complex are being re-built after the 2011 disaster in the area when much of the temple was destroyed. diagrams show how the work is being carried out and materials used.

Thank Brucie32
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The Golden Hall is once again open for viewing after over five years of restoration. The magnificently carved doors and roof beams still show traces of paint, and I hope that they, too, will be restored as they must have been beautiful. The golden paintings on the fusama are exquisite. They are replicas as the delicate originals are preserved in... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

This was a nice way to get out of the shade but the temple was not as impressive as ones I visited in Tokyo or some of the other ones in the town. Flowers were very pretty

Thank Rachel B
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Much of this temple is under renovation. But you can still visit it and see the fascinating caves outside, as well as enter the main hall and see the beautiful rooms inside. There are English descriptions of the room.

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Breda, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

This us a nice temple, not huge or very colourful from the outside. Actually it is rather simple and ot looks more like a normal house, but it has some exceptional golden panels.

Thank BP_EatLover
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Zuiganji is a Zen temple complex with lots to see. From the entrance to the main temple, there're lots of cavings in caves. There's a treasury with lots of interesting stuff, but all displays are in Japanese. As a Zen temple established in 8 BC, they have unique Dharma paper fortune (Dharma doll with paper fortune inside) for Y200. They... More 

Thank Seven W
Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

Zuiganji Temple is a famous Rinzal Buddhist Zen temple. It was founded in 828 by Jikaku Taishi. This current building was rebuilt by samurai ruler Date Masamune to be his family temple in 1609. We saw the dinner gong and the cistern on the grounds. Fragrant flowers were blooming and there were docents dressed in traditional garb to talk to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Zuiganji has many caves carved into cliff-faces wherein the deceased used to be interred. These caves exude a truly mysterious quality and are a unique and beautiful feature of the temple complex. The temple’s Hondō (main hall), Kuri (kitchen) and a mausoleum dedicated to Mego-hime, wife to Date Masamune, are from the early Edo Period. The mausoleum, Hogeden, is ornately... More 

Thank ART196
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This area is still recovering from devastation in 2012 and this temple is largely covered in scaffolding.

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