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Matsushima and the Romance of Travel

Today Matsushima is a small town of 15,000 known for tourism, farming, and fishing. It is designated by the Japanese government as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and hosts a Prefectural Natural Park. Recently Matsushima has also been recognized internationally, earning 3 stars in France's prestigious Michelin Guide and becoming the first bay in Japan to be accepted into the "Most Beautiful Bays in the World" association in 2013.

Matsushima was affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, but thanks to the many barrier islands damage was relatively light. Train service, sightseeing boats, and tourist facilities have been completely restored. Matsushima was also not affected by radiation.

Cherry blossoms of Saigyo Modoshi No Matsu Park

Because of this park's high location, guests can enjoy cherry blossoms and the view of Matsushima Bay at the same time. The park's name is from the story of famous poet Saigyo, who had returned home and was resting under a pine tree. It was there that he met a child and he was unable to solve the Zen riddle the boy made.