Monday, 21 March 2011

At The Rail Station : Matsushima

Why the continuous posts of the same place lately? Read my reasoning here.

Also, read this interesting article over at This Japanese Life; On Watching the News in Japan. That said, let's not forget the heroes that  risked their own lives to avert a nuclear meltdown and also the victims that are still trying to cope with their lives after the tragedy.

OK, now back to Matsushima.

Two stations you can stop at to get to Matsushima Bay.
Matsushima Station on the JR Tohoku main line.

Located 2km away from Matsushima Bay, be prepared to walk a bit if you decide to use this line to get to the bay area.
A train on the track that we spotted a few hundred metres walking from Matsushima Station. We turned right and walked on.

The closest station would be Matsushima-Kaigan Station. The track, elevated behind the station.
To get to Matsushima-Kaigan Station, get on the JR Senseki Line from Sendai Station.

As a coastal site, Matsushima has been severely affected. A state of emergency was declared and any travel to the region should be avoided at the moment. But I hope that once everything turns back to normal, visitors would start returning to visit this place. The shops, the restaurants, the inns and hotels, not to mention the ferries and boats need people in/on them.

24 comments:

  1. I don't mind!! I really enjoy your posts and this is one place that I haven't had the chance to visit yet, but will hopefully one day.

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  2. @Japan Australia,
    I hope you get to go someday! :)

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  3. These posts are important for Japan from now as you know.
    I have never been to Matsushima.
    In addition I have never been to the three most sceinic spots of Japan.(日本三景)
    I wish I were you.

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  4. @cocomino,
    Why, thank you. I think it's important to remind people that hey shouldn't avoid Japan altogether.

    I've yet been to Amanohashidate so my adventure is far from complete! ;)

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  5. I found whenever you went, the places are unbelievable clean! Am I right?!

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  6. Looks like a nice place for holiday! So will you be going to Japan for your holidays again this year?

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  7. @Alice,
    Most places there are.

    I noticed that folks there, instead of just relying and blaming solely on government bodies to clean up, they take pride of making sure their living environment clean themselves.

    Can't help to notice every morning when we go out for sightseeing, shopkeepers will sweep the road/pavement in front of their shops & pick up litter.

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  8. @foong,
    It is rather nice, even though its kinda overrun with tourists. ^^

    Would love to visit Japan this year, but funds are not enough yet. If only got sponsor to pay for our trip. LOL

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  9. Here in Britain, some coastal railways do enjoy some spectacular views!
    Most of them are located on top of steep cliffs overlooking the sea.
    Maybe I should post some in the future? ;)

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  10. @London Caller,
    You definitely should! :) I'll be waiting with bated breath. ;)

    I'm going to post some we took while taking the Gono line too soon. ^^

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  11. Around the Matsushima-Kaigan station suffered from Tsunami, but fortunately, the damage seems like fewer than other area.
    I found a refuge diary.
    http://matsushima311.jugem.jp/?day=20110317

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  12. How come you are so into trains, railway stations?
    I thought you were be more interested in lizards.
    Cos that's what Ultraman does like.
    Poor Godzilla... Ha ha!

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  13. @bird,
    Thanks for the info. It is indeed fortunate that the area suffered less damage than other affected area.

    I will check out the diary. Thanks!

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  14. @London Caller,
    Ultramen (there are more than 40!) don't battle Godzilla but other kaijus and even seijins! LOL

    I don't know why - but Zaini and I are simply fascinated with trains and anything to do with them. That said, I absolutely abhor KTM Komuter here.

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  15. You and I share the same view of KTM Komuter, aiyo tak tahan I especially rush hour. I absolutely enjoy reading your blogs about Japan, you give people like myself a chance to see Japan through your lens/eyes and words and we shouldn't abandon this beautiful country just because of what had happen.

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  16. @cuteandcurls,
    Yeah, don't me started on KTM Komuter. I had to wait for an hour before I board the train on Monday! Ugh!

    I'm glad to know that some people enjoy reading my posts on Japan through my perspective. ^^

    And yes, don't abandon Japan just yet!

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  17. sad to hear that it's been badly damaged by the terrible disaster. i've always enjoyed train rides too. they are a popular way to enjoy the countryside.

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  18. @LR,
    Yup, train rides through the country side sure are nice, aren't they? ^^

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  19. hi there - when were you last at matsushima? this march? i was planning on going there in 2 weeks? do you know the condition - it is difficult to find information? also do you know if you can charter private boats to go into the bay?

    thank you

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  20. @jin gilbert ninety four,
    eerrr... I know I shouldn't say you should read my previous posts, but I did mention somewhere in previous post on Matsushima Bay that we visited the place last year.

    Not sure how the condition now or whether the boats are in operation so am unable to answer your question. Maybe you should post up your query over at Japan-Guide forum?

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  21. I was in Matsushima during the earthquake/tsunami. Although the damage was not as extensive as some of the surrounding communities Matsushima sustained significant damage. The community is working very very hard to recover and reopen. I understand the aquarium just reopened April 23 and that several shops are open. However, DO NOT FORGET JAPAN! They still need out help. Read my story and see how we are helping Matsushima. Go go "Matsushima Relief Fund" on Facebook and we will have a website soon. We have already wired $24,000 to Matsushima and they are distributing it to those in need. Little money is coming in from big relief agencies yet since they don't know how to distribute it over such a wide area. They need help NOW!

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  22. @jin - please go to Matsushima even though they aren't fully recovered. They need visitors to come and they will treat you so so wonderfully. I was there during the earthquake and although there is much damage it is still worth it to go to this GORGEOUS place. Your experience won't be any less even if they aren't fully recovered. The people there are AMAZING. Stay at Hotel Daimatsu if you can. They sheltered us during the earthquake. Great people. Great accomodations.

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  23. @Kathleen,
    Thanks so much for your comments. And I agree with you. Don't forget Japan and don't forsake them!

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