2-Day Trip to Matsushima & Sendai Directly from Narita Airport | japan-guide.com

2-Day Trip to Matsushima & Sendai Directly from Narita Airport | japan-guide.com

Home to one of the top three scenic views
in Japan and also one of the largest cities in the country, MIyagi prefecture gives visitors
an opportunity to experience both the beauty of nature and taste the bounty of the sea
all in the same trip. Visiting these two places in tandem shows
off the best of both coastal town and the bustling city, and that’s exactly what we’re
going to do today. My name is Raina Ong, staff writer for japan-guide.com
and today I’m on assignment in Matsushima and Sendai. I’ll take the overnight bus from Narita
International Airport to Matsushima, and from there take the train to Shiogama where I’ll
have breakfast at the Shiogama Fish Market and visit Shiogama Shrine. After that, I’ll take a sightseeing cruise
from Shiogama back to Matsushima to get a closer look at the islands in Matsushima Bay. Once on land, I’ll explore Zuiganji Temple,
have lunch, and visit Godaido Hall and Fukuura Island before calling it a day. The next day, I’ll head to Sendai by train
and use the sightseeing loop bus to visit the Zuihouden Mausoleum and Sendai Castle
ruins before heading to downtown Sendai shopping district where I’ll sample some of Sendai’s
local specialties before returning to Sendai Station. So follow along as I go on a two day trip
to Matsushima and Sendai. Day 1 I’m now at Matsushima Kaigan Station. I’m kind of hungry, so I’m going to look
for food, but first I’m going to put this in the locker over there. I’m here at the Shiogama Fish Market which opens to the public pretty early. I’m going inside to have some fresh fish
and have some breakfast. One of the nice things about being at the
fish market is being able to put together your own breakfast. I bought some seafood from the stalls behind
me, and I’m going to create my own seafood bowl. It’s pretty fresh. I’m now at the Shiogama Shrine, one of the
most important shrines of the region and a pretty popular sightseeing spot. This place has over 1000 years of history,
and some of buildings here were built around the turn of the 18th century. Next, we’re going to head back to Matsushima
from Shiogama via a scenic sightseeing cruise which is also great way to see the famous
pine tree covered islands that dot the bay. Zuiganji Temple is one the area’s most important
and famous zen temples. It was originally established in the 9th century,
but the buildings that we can see today was built in 1609 by the feudal lord Date Masamune. There are lots of interesting things to see
on the temple grounds including the main hall, a museum, and some caves. For lunch, I’m at a popular restaurant that
serves two of Matsushima’s seafood specialties, anago and oysters. The anago is served on top of rice and the
oysters I ordered both grilled and raw. Godaido Hall can be said to be the symbol
of Matsushima Bay thanks to its prime location. The small hall is a well-visited attraction
and offers a nice view of the bay. My next stop for today is Fukuura Island which
you can see behind me. It is one of the few islands which is connected
to the mainland by bridge, and there are a bunch of walking trails which you can follow. Day 2 I’m in Sendai now and from Sendai Station
I took the sightseeing Loople bus to my first stop Zuihoden. Zuihoden as you can see behind me is the mausoleum
of Date Masamune, the first feudal lord of Sendai. There are lots of other things to see around
the spacious grounds including other buildings and the tombs of Date Masamune’s descendants
who were also feudal lords of Sendai. Next we’re back on the loople bus and heading
to the Sendai Castle ruins which are a great place to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. While there isn’t a castle left to see,
the foundations still remain and you walk across where the castle once stood. Sendai’s downtown is really the heart of
the city. There’s so many shopping streets around
here, like the one I’m on now. And together they form one of the largest
shopping arcades in the Tohoku Region. Zunda is a sweet edamame paste that is a specialty
in Sendai. You can have it in a few different ways but
I’m going to have mine with mochi. Gyutan, or grilled cow’s tongue, is one
of Sendai’s most well known specialties. This sliced beef dish is typically served
with beef soup and a bowl of rice, and Sendai Station is one of the most convenient places
to find a gyutan restaurant. And that concludes our trip to Matsushima
and Sendai. From here, you could continue your stay in
Sendai, take the overnight bus back to Narita Airport or take the train to explore other
parts of Japan. Thanks for joining me. I hope this video has been enjoyable and perhaps
even inspires some ideas should you decide to plan a trip to Matsushima and Sendai. For more information or to watch another video,
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40 thoughts on “2-Day Trip to Matsushima & Sendai Directly from Narita Airport | japan-guide.com

  1. So really your ‘day 1’ spans across two days: day 1 being the arrival in Narita and day 2 being the day you physically arrive in your destination. It’s slightly misleading to call it a two day trip – it’s not possible to cover what you did in 48 hours..

  2. Just keep making videos like this you guys are doing fabulous job. This channel will grow exponentially very very soon. So inspiring.👍

  3. I love these videos. So well produced and packed with information.
    It's such a shame they're always so short. You must throw away so much wasted footage.

  4. Great memories, I took a very similar trip in February. Definitely recommend spending a couple of nights in Sendai.

  5. There should be a ‘love’ button for this channel. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Sendai recently. No doubt will fit this into our next visit!

  6. Hello!
    I have lived in Sendai for 30 years now and currently live in Kyoto. I was able to see nostalgic images of Matsushima and Sendai.
    I am surprised at the high quality of the image.
    Thank you! from Kyoto, JPN…^^///

  7. Great stuff, there are thousands of videos about Tokyo, Kyoto and such, but very little about Tohoku so these kind of videos give a lot of precious informations. I really need to "go north"…

  8. Really missed Sendai!way back 1992…hope someday I will visit my first love place…Jipan Omise,in KoKubuncho Sendai Japan…hope my friends there is still good and fine!!😘

  9. Thanks for giving some ideas on where to go. I am planning a trip there with my friend for the summer. (Aug '19)

  10. Thanks a lot! Do more videos like this one please! Btw I did everything in one day! So if you are in a hurry it's doable!

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