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Review of Zuiganji

Zuiganji
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

I didn't visit the actual temple (which you can't see unless you pay the entrance fee), so I hung around outside. The Zuiganji is opposite the boat terminal, so pretty easy to get there. There's a line of souvenir shops and food stores for you. And moving on, you will see memorial caves, which I thought was kinda cool! The area was also really cooling cos of all the tall beech trees (I think)

Worth going to take a look even if you don't plan to enter.

Thank chemislove
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

This looked to be one of the more interesting places in Matsushima, however it is after buying the (700 Yen) ticket that you find out the main part of the temple is actually closed until March 2016 with the potential that reconstruction will last through March 2019 (the English language pamphlet gives three different dates). However, that does not mean it is a tourist trap. There are still some interesting things to see, including the large multi-purpose hall which has a special exhibition displaying the temple's principal Buddha image and the mortuary tablets of Date Masumune, the Edo-era ruler of the Sendai region. The temple museum also has some interesting relics and pieces for those interested in that particular time in Japan's history. Finally, make your way to the back of the temple area to the Yotokuin Mausoleum. It is a beautiful building -- three years of restoration finished in 2009. Strange though that pictures of it are not allowed. Worth a visit, though I think they should reduce the price during construction...

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Reviewed 20 March 2012

There are 33 goddess of Mercy which were transffered from West Japan in the caves. The scene looks mysterious. The main temple is under construction. In stead of it, we can see the tomb for the local feudal lord, Date Masamune, his wife, Youtoku-In. It had been restored for 3 years and is luxurious. We can see the Idol and Masamune's Buddist memorial tablet and 3 wooden statues who origined the temple in another room called Ojoin.

Thank Yo-Chan1
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Reviewed 5 January 2008

Zuiganji was first built in 828 and rebuilt in 1609 by Date Masamune.
The Main Hall is beautiful inside. Taking photos is not allowed so please resist the temptation to sneak one as the camera flash will damage the colours (true).

You will be able to buy postcards which show the interior of the building. Outside the main temple but still part of it are the Meditation Caves. They are built into a cliff face and almost seem like a lost world, due to the small trees, ferns and moss growing around and on them.

Close to Zuiganji is Entsuin garden which I rate as No. 2 attraction in Matsushima.

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