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Katsurazaka Entrance to Kenrokuen Garden 桂坂口
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Kenrokuen Garden, Ishikawa Pref., Karasaki Pine Tree whose seedlings originally came from the Karasaki Pine Tree in Shiga Pref.
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Karasaki Pine Tree in Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref.
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Ropes are strung over the tree to protect it against the weight of snow.
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Karasaki Pine Tree in Kenrokuen Garden 唐崎松
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The Karasaki Pine Tree is the garden's largest pine tree.
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Karasaki Pine Tree in Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref.
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Horai island 蓬莱島
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Pine trees and pond
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Neagari-no-matsu Pine tree with rising roots. 根上松
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Neagari-no-matsu Pine tree with rising roots. 根上松
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This garden is very green. Even the pond is deep green.
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Tiny pink flowers
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Kasumigaike Pond
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Many matsu pine trees and many stones.
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Nakahashi Bridge. During the Takayama Festival, ornate floats cross this bridge. 宮川に掛かる中橋
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Karasaki Pine Tree
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Stepping stones, called Isowatari, are another major feature of the garden.
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Nakahashi Bridge and pine tree
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Stepping stones, called Isowatari. 磯渡り
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Isowatari. 磯渡り
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次郎弁天の池
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Benten Pond
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Ryotei teahouse 涼亭
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Verse 2 Lyrics (Omatsu/Omi-Maiko) 二番の英訳(雄松"Pine trees are very green, on sands very white.
Omatsugasato is, a young maiden's home.
Bush of red camellia, hides her teary face.
She's weeping o'er a lost love, much too short to last.

松は緑に 砂白き
雄松が里の 乙女子は
赤い椿の 森蔭に
はかない恋に 泣くとかや
Matsu wa midori ni, suna shiroki
Omatsugasato no, otomego wa
Akai tsubaki no, morikage ni
Hakanai koi ni, naku toka ya

Omi-Maiko is still famous for white sand beaches and pine trees. In summer these beaches are cluttered with people trying to get a tan.

See more photos of Omi-Maiko here.
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"Pine trees are very green, on sands very white." Omi-MaikoSee more photos of Omi-Maiko here.
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Pine tree and Ryotei
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White sands of Omi-Maiko (Omatsu), Otsu, Shiga
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Pine tree and Ryotei
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Ripples lap white sands of Omi-Maiko.
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Stone pagoda on island named Matsushima
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Pine trees at Omi-Maiko
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Kyoto University Rowing Club arrive at Omi-Maiko in Aug. 2006 during their annual Lake Biwa rowing trip.
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Omatsu "Famous Place" marker
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View of Mt. Mikami from Karasaki, across Lake Biwa.
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Boat landing is near the entrance to Genkyu-en Garden.
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End of the 50-min. ride. It was pleasant, and highly recommended. Boat landing for the Hikone-jo Ohori Meguri boat ride is near the entrance to Genkyu-en Garden.
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Night Rain in Karasaki from his "Omi Hakkei" (Eight Views of Omi) series.
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Night Rain in Karasaki from his "Omi Hakkei" (Eight Views of Omi) series.
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Huge 300-year-old pine tree
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300-year-old pine tree
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300-year-old pine tree
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Side view of 300-year-old pine tree
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Site of the Enryokan State Guesthouse. Built in May 1869, it was Japan's first Western-style building made of stone. It served as an office of the Japanese navy before it was refitted as guest house. 延遼館
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Site of the Enryokan State Guesthouse. Former U.S. President Ulysses Grant and his wife stayed there for two months in 1879 during their world tour. Hawaii's King Kalakaua also stayed here in 1881. He traveled by horse carriage to meet Emperor Meiji.
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The U-shaped Enryokan was used as a guest house until 1883 when the new Rokumeikan 鹿鳴館 guest house was completed. Due to old age, the Enryokan was torn down in 1889. Many new Shiodome skyscrapers loom over the site.
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Site of the Enryokan State Guesthouse. Tokyo has plans to faithfully reconstruct the Enryokan in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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Walking through the Enryokan site, now dotted with pine trees.
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Many pine trees in the garden
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Gingko tree and pine tree in autumn
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Gingko tree in autumn
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Gingko tree and pine tree in autumn
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English explanation for yuki-zuri which are those strings propping up the pine tree branches as a countermeasure against snow.
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A small garden and little stream which was behind the Enryokan State Guesthouse.
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Shiori-no-Ike Pond
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Shiori-no-Ike Pond with ducks. This is a tidal pond.
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Otsutaibashi Bridge over the pond.
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Pine trees along the shore
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Otsutaibashi Bridge
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Straw band wrapped around the pine tree trunk to catch bugs crawling on the trunk.
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Ninomaru Garden 二の丸庭園
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Ninomaru Garden
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The famous Karasaki pine tree as seen from Lake Biwa.
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The famous Karasaki pine tree as seen from Lake Biwa.
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Karasaki Shrine torii. It is a branch shrine of Hiyoshi Taisha. 唐崎神社 MAP
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Karasaki Shrine has numerous pine trees, including the famous century-old pine tree.
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Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi) marker at Karasaki. Omi was the old name for Shiga. A woodblock print artist depicted the Eight Views of Omi. One of them was titled, "Night Rain at Karasaki" showing the big pine in the rain at night.
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Pine tree and Lake Biwa.
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Karasaki Pine Tree
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Karasaki Pine Tree
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Karasaki Pine Tree
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Mt. Mikami across Lake Biwa from Karasaki.
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Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi) marker
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Mt. Mikami + Pine Tree at Karasaki.
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Karasaki Shrine
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The most common flower during summer it seems. シモツケソウ
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Tiger Lily コオニユリ
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Filipendula multijuga. You see this everywhere. シモツケソウ
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メタカラコウ
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ミヤマコアザミ
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Path to summit
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メタカラコウ
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シシウド
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シモツケソウ
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Ligularia stenocephala メタカラコウ
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Dianthus superbus var. longicalycinus カワラナデシコ
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クガイソウ
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Summit area
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Mt. Ibuki summit area with pretty patches of summer flowers.
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But the scenery is great atop Mt. Ibuki in summer. 東遊歩道
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In summer, lilies bloom at sunset on Mt. Ibuki's 3rd station.
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Lemon yellow lilies ユウスゲ
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These lilies start to bloom from twilight.
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Lemon yellow lilies on Mt. Ibuki. ユウスゲ
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Ibukiyama gondola station and lilies
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Map of Matsushima near Matsushima Kaigan Station. Places of interest include Ojima island, Matsushima boat cruise, Godaido island, Fukuura island, and Zuiganji temple.
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I show you photos of the boat cruise first. There are many boats coming and going in Matsushima Bay. You have to decide which cruise to go on.
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Matsushima Pier. There are boats which go around the Matsushima islands and return to Matsushima. Others go to Shiogama (toward Sendai) or a longer route toward Oku Matsushima.
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Most boat cruises cost 1400 yen, taking about 50 min. Boats leave almost every 30 min. The boat cruise is the main and most popular activity at Matsushima.
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Nio Maru at Matsushima Port.
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As each boat leaves, sea gulls follow.
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The sea gulls follow where there's food, and the tourists are happy to toss junk food at them.
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They even sell bird food on the boat.
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These birds fly very close, within arm's reach.
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Face to face with a bird. "Hey, any food for me??"
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The boat passes by numerous pine-clad islands of Matsushima.
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THis is one of the more famous Matsushima islands, named Kanejima with three holes. 鐘島
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Kanejima
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THe name "Matsushima" of course means "Pine Islands," so you may hear "Matsushima" in other places in Japan wherever there are pine-clad islands.
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Another famous and unique island in Matsushima is Niojima, shaped like a Deva King found at the gate of Buddhist temples. 仁王島
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Matsushima would also be interesting to geologists.
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Famous for centuries, Matsushima has inspired many haiku poets like Matsuo Basho and painters.
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This was my favorite island in Matsushima.
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Back to Matsushima Port.
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Matsushima Rest House is next to the pier, where you can buy cruise tickets or just rest on chairs. Tourist info counter also provided.
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Route 45 running parallel to the shore. Busy road with shops and restaurants.
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Near the boat pier is this a large park called Chuo Hiroba.
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Chuo Hiroba, where tour groups meet.
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Nearby is Godaido temple on a small island close to shore.
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Godaido is another famous and storied icon of Matsushima. In any painting or depiction of Matsushima, Godaido is always there.
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Godaido enshrines five statues representing the Mikkyo teachings of Shingon Buddhism.
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Godaido 五大堂
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Godaido 五大堂
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Way to Godaido.
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way to Godaido
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The first bridge to Godaidojima island.
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Second bridge to Godaido.
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Godaido temple in Matsushima. This building was built in 1604 by Lord Date Masamune.
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Godaido was first erected in 807 called Bishamondo. We cannot go inside. Important Cultural Property.
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About Godaido
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Godaido is also noted for wooden carvings of Eto zodiac animals. Cock.
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Monkey
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Boar
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Another noted building in Matsushima is Kanrantei, perched on a low hill. Now it is a rest place where they serve tea.
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About Kanrantei
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Original buildings and layout of Kanrantei.
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Kanrantei
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Entrance to Kanrantei.
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Kanrantei
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Inside Kanrantei where you can relax and have tea for a fee.
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View of Matsushima from Kanrantei. The boat pier is straight ahead.
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View of Matsushima from Kanrantei.
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Near Godaido is this onument for Japan's Scenic Trio (Nihon Sankei) which are Matsushima, Amanohashidate (northern Kyoto), and Miyajima (Hiroshima). 日本三景
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Matsushima Monument near Godaido
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The second island to visit is Fukuurajima, a short walk from the boat pier. The island with the long red bridge is Fukuura island. You can't miss it. 福浦島
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Fukuura island is larger than the other islands, and can take a good 30 min. to walk around it. If you don't feel like walking anymore, you may want to skip Fukuura. Most tourists don't go there, but I thought it was worth a visit.
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Unless you want to swim to the island, you have to pay 200 yen to cross the bridge to Fukuura. Walk through the gift shop/restaurant and pay the toll to access the bridge.
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Bridge to Fukuura island is named Deai Hashi. 出会い橋
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Fukuura island offers nice walking trails and a few lookout points from where you can see other islands.
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Fukuura island
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Map of Fukuura island. Points 3 and 5 are worth seeing. You have to leave the island by 5 pm or (4:30 pm during winter months).
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View from Fukuura island.
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Bentendo Hall on Fukuura island.
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Bentendo Hall on Fukuura island.
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Lookout point on Fukuura island.
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Bridge from Fukuura island back to mainland.
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Ojima island is the third island worth visiting in Matsushima.
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Ojima island is accessible by a red bridge.
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Ojima island at Matsushima
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Ojima is a small island, but larger than Godaido.
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Ojima is dotted with numerous little caves and stone carvings of Kannon.
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Ojima caves
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Monuments and stones
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This island is actually part of Zuiganji temple.
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Haiku poem by Basho. No doubt that he visited this island too.
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View from Ojima.
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View from Ojima
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Matsushima
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Nice walking path on Ojima
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Lookout point
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Torii to a shrine on Ojima island, Matsushima
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Shrine on Ojima
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