The Day we sped up the traveling!

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
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Trip End Aug 31, 2010


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Flag of Japan  , Miyagi,
Thursday, August 12, 2010

After sleeping like a little baby, we woke at 09.00, checked out the hotel at 10.00 and were at the station at 10.15. Another busy day ahead of us-- we're visiting Matsushima and Hiraizumi today. Matsushima, hailed for years as one of Japan's best viewpoints and Hiraizumi, which is an older, rustic town with some major history!

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!

We wolf down our sushi breakfast and some icecream and we're off! Matsushima Bay seems to be several kilometers ahead of us and we're struggling with Jordy's trolley and our heavy bags (man, we were only gone from Tokyo for 1 night! What did we do?!) Finally, we reach the bay and before us, there's another train station. Hehe. I feel glares in my back, smile back at two tired looking people and we make our way to the first temple.

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.

Needless to say, it was a wonderful temple, hidden behind all of these trees! Apart from the main entrance hall, there was a small opening through the rocks that you could enter and you'd come upon this whole new area. It's hard to describe, but trust me, it was worth it!

After deciding that we had seen enough of Matsushima, we took the train further on, to Hiraizumi (see next entry)  

   
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maureen3005
maureen3005 on

Hee sweet temple freak, it al started at the Borobudur and Prambanan templecomplex. Good one you and love the photo's!!!
Love Mom

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