We deliberately chose to visit Tohoku as tourists about 16 months after the tsunami--in part to support the recovery effort--and Matsushima was at the top of our list.
The Century Hotel is the most commanding property in this seaside town. We had a large sea-view tatami room with a fantastic view and wonderful balcony for lounging.
During our day here we walked the town, took a boat cruise, used the hotel onsen and ate dinner and breakfast onsite.
Though there were few guests, the staff were attentive and helpful. Though they discouraged us from visiting the more ravaged areas nearby (accessible by taxi) they were otherwise fully accommodating. They recommended a departure time from a nearby station and then drove us there.
Matsushima itself shows little of the effects of the 6-foot tsunami that swept shore in March 2011. Recent landscaping and repairs were either complete or well underway at the time we visited. But the townsfolk readily talked about the experience and pointed out photos and high-water marks.
We had a wonderful 24 hours in town.
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