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Shiogama Shrine

205 Reviews

Shiogama Shrine

205 Reviews
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Enjoy Fresh Summer Time on Miyagi Coastline
US$68.19 per adult
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US$242.00 per adult
Spirit of Japanese Sake in Shiogama
US$153.66 per adult
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1-1 Ichimoriyama, Shiogama 985-8510 Miyagi Prefecture
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4-Hours Shiogama and Urato Islands Cultural Walking Tour
Cultural Tours

4-Hours Shiogama and Urato Islands Cultural Walking Tour

It takes about an hour and12 minutes by train from Sendai Airport and only 40 minutes from Sendai Station!<br>This walking tour goes around the unknown secret areas of Matsushima in Miyagi, famous as one of the three scenic spots in Japan.<br>The local guide will tell you about the history and local culture that you can learn only here. Visit the places of scenic and historical interest not listed in the guidebook with the guide. A meditation experience for about 5 to 10 minutes on the beach is available. (For those who are interested.)<br><br>・ Visit the places of scenic and historical interest in the Urato Islands which are not in the guidebook<br>・ Discover the unconventional charm of the Urato Islands with abundant knowledge of the local guide<br>・ A meditation experience on the beach is available<br>・ Accessible from the airport and main cities of Japan in a short time.<br>・ Explore the community roads or climb the banks to satisfy your spirit of adventure!
US$192.33 per adult
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tamura3d wrote a review May 2019
Novato, California105 contributions67 helpful votes
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Beautiful complex of shrines designated as Important Cultural Properties dating back to the 9th century. Located at the top of the hill overlooking the city with great views and a lovely garden pond (for viewing only). A bit of a hike from the train or bus but car parking available at the top. Most of the structures have been reconstructed with exquiste detail: red laquered wood with polished brass details. One of the oldest shrine sites in Japan and on the level you would see in Kyoto or Tokyo. Easy to find due to its location and worth the effort to visit!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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SarahAHA121 wrote a review Jan. 2018
Bangkok, Thailand287 contributions14 helpful votes
Even there were only few trees in front of temple garden/museum, near the small public toilet, but the view of small Shiki (all-four-season) sakura flower in the evening (about 3pm because sun would set around 4.30pm in winter) was so beautiful. The garden in front of the temple and the temple shrines themselves also beautiful, with many Japanese there to pray and queue for monk new year blessing (of course, I did not wait. It was too long.) More surprisingly that the most popular activity here during new year was to pay for drawing lots for small fortune telling ticket. What to surprise was there were so many tickets tied left at the temple (I though they were bad fortune telling letter.) There were many holy charm selling, and the station to let you put the last new year bought charm to throw away there also. Just one star minus because both the google map and the road sign shown the very harsh, tiring way to climb to the mountain top to this temple, and then I found out that this way was outdated and not for use already. Other Japanese drove there car climb to here. (There were many Japanese and tourist trying to climb from the back mountain as I did too, lol)
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Date of experience: January 2018
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸 wrote a review Aug. 2017
Vermont6,330 contributions1,166 helpful votes
We visited Shiogama from Sendai. Because the grounds have such a variety of sakura some were at peak while others were gone by. The window of opportunity for sakura viewing lasts a long time. The shrine was readying for a matsuri and, unfortunately, several stalls had been set up right in front of some of the trees blocking them from view. In addition, construction was going on in the path in front on the main hall. Nevertheless, there were many lovely trees and many were at peak with masses of blossoms. Almost all of the trees had name tags which we photographed for later study. The shrine is composed of many halls, but for us the gardens, the plantings and tall trees, the pond and, of course, the sakura were the main attraction. A women’s choir, which was rehearsing on a grassy slope, provided lovely music during our visit. A bride and groom on the bridge having their wedding photos taken offered us great photo ops as well. A few suggestions which I hope are helpful: the shrine is about a 15 minute walk from the station - just about when you think you’ll never get there, you do the shrine is at the top of a hill so be prepared for a lot of steps up to the compound
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Yumyum108 wrote a review Apr. 2017
Geneva73 contributions40 helpful votes
We were there just at the beginning of the Sakura blossoming period. The gardens are beautiful, a parallel universe accessible by a very long stairway, but worth the effort. I'll come again...
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Claireliu88 wrote a review Oct. 2016
Taipei, Taiwan34 contributions9 helpful votes
I visited the jinja in early October. Though I didn't see maple leaves turning read, the surroundings and the buildings blend into each other well. Picturesque views are everywhere. A quiet place, great for take a walk there and get a glimpse of the bird view of the Shiogama city. For those who dare to challenge the 100+ staircase, it is worth a try!
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Date of experience: October 2016
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