Godaido Temple

This temple standing on a small island is the oldest example of Momoyama style architecture in the Tohoku region. Precious “hibutsu” (Buddhist images not open for viewing) are stored here.

Godaido is located on a small island in Matsushima Bay. Built in 1604, this temple has the powerful appearance of Momoyama architecture. Enshrined within the temple, there are 5 “hibutsu” (Buddhist images not open for viewing) made during the mid-Heian Era. They are only opened for public viewing once every 33 years.
Business Hours

8am – dusk The next viewing of the hibutsu will take place in the year 2039
Matsushima, Matsushima-machi Miyagi-gun, Miyagi
(022) 354-2618

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7 years ago
Cute Temple
Cute little wooden temple on a small island in Matsushima. There are some neat, short red bridges that lead to the temple too. It doesn't take much time to visit, so if you're in Matsushima make sure to swing by!
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7 years ago
Godaido has great view and its charming personality. The bridges can be scary but fun to walk with. I also liked its location a lot (5min of walk from the ferry port) If you don't have much time / not such fan of walking, this is the place you must visit in Matsushima!
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