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Matsushima Bay Cruise

Matsushima Bay is famous for being one of Japan’s top 3 scenic views, along with Miyajima  in Hiroshima and Amanohashidate in Kyoto.

If you’re making a trip to Sendai, why not pay a visit to Matsushima? It is only a 30 minute trip from Sendai, known for its attractive streetscape and delicious beef tongue.

 

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You can go on a cruise boat around the bay, going in a loop past and through numerous islands. My boat went counter-clockwise, so I was lucky to sit at the far right side of the boat. I recommend that you sit as close to the sides as possible to get the best view.

 

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Throughout the cruise, descriptions of the islands the boat is passing is given in Japanese and English. However, as the English is played after the Japanese, there is a bit of a delay between when the boat actually passes an island and when the English description is given.

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It is a lovely relaxing tour. Although the boat is fully covered, the visibility may be compromised in rainy weather. It was quite cloudy on the day I went, but I can imagine that it would be beautiful on a sunny day.

 

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The islands in Matsushima Bay were particularly adored by historic haiku master Matsuo Basho. You don’t have to be a history or poetry buff to enjoy it though!

 

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