The Day we sped up the traveling!
Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
43Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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Seeing as the weather is less cloudy than we expected and Matsushima is a bay that needs some blue skies, we decide to go to Matsushima first! However, the train to Matsushima would depart 50 minutes from then. The train to Hiraizumi however, was departing in 5 minutes.
Choice was easily made-- Hiraizumi it is. We board the train, sit in there for 20 minutes and suddenly, the next station on the list is Matsushima. Suprised, we look at each other and go; "I don't think there's another Matsushima around here..." so we exit. The first thing we see it a giant board that says; "Welcome to Matsushima, one of the three best sights in Japan!"
Guess we have arrived at the right place!
The bay is dotted by over 200 small islands covered by pine trees. Some of those islands actually have temples on top of them and one of them is Godaido. Seeing as it's located directly next to the pier, Godaido is somewhat of a symbol to Matsushima!
Before we could get there though, we had to cross some small bridges and I can almost safely assume that Jordy is the first person to walk on that bridge with a trolley. You should have seen the faces of other tourists/Japanese visitors-- it was to die for!
We walk about the vicinity for a bit (the weather unfortunately, got worse during the 50 minutes we took to get here and the sky is cloudy) but the bay is still undeniably beautiful, I think. After window shopping a bit, we walk toward Zuiganji temple, which is one of Tohoku's most prominent Zen temples. Jordy and Kimberley decided to wait outside, but I'm too much of a temple freak to let this one slide, so I went inside by myself.
After deciding that we had seen enough of Matsushima, we took the train further on, to Hiraizumi (see next entry)