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Entsu-in Temple

Stunning autumn foliage illumination in the gardens

Entsu-in Temple is located in Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, whose islands have been selected as one of Japan's three most scenic views. The temple, which was founded to honor the grandson of the legendary feudal warlord Date Masamune, is known for its splendid Japanese gardens. The temple is also decorated with Western design patterns such as roses and crosses, which were believed to have been brought back by Hasekura Tsunenaga who was sent to Europe as an envoy approximately 400 years ago. In autumn, the temple's Japanese gardens are adorned with gorgeous fall colors, which are lit up at night.

Juzu making experience at Entsu-in Temple

At Entsu-in Temple, you can make your original "juzu," or prayer beads, which is an important Buddhist implement held in the hands during worship. You can select your favorite ones from a wide selection of beads, which all have received the blessing of the main deity of the temple, and handmake the juzu. If you select natural stones, an explanation of each stone is provided after you finish making the juzu.

Location

Name Entsu-in Temple
Website (In Japanese) http://www.entuuin.or.jp/index.html
Address 67 Chonai, Matsushima, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi
Access Approximately 10 minutes' walk from JR Matsushimakaigan Station
Approximately 10 minutes' drive from the Matsushimakaigan IC on the Sanriku Expressway
Business Hours 8:30 to 17:00 (Late October to November: 8:30 to 16:30; December to March: 9:00 to 16:00)
Closed Open all year round
Inquiries TEL: 022-354-3206
Admission Admission fee: 300 yen

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