Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Matsushima Morning

One of the highlights of my Japan trip was an overnight stay at an onsen, the Matsushima Taikanso Hotel. The hotel overlooks Matsushima Bay which is considered one of the three views of Japan. We took the almost two hour Shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo to Sendai and then a forty minute local train to Matsushima.

Map from the Matsushima Taikanso Hotel website.

Hotel room photo from the Matsushima Taikanso Hotel website. The low table is moved to the side of the room at night and futons put out for us to sleep on. This hotel is quite large and offers both Western and Japanese style rooms.

We decided to get up early and watch the sunrise over Matsushima Bay. The morning was foggy. The view from our room was lovely.

Matshushima is famous for the 250 small islands in its harbor.

A bridge to one of the islands near the shore.

Sunlight peaking through the clouds.

Another view of the bay. In the upper right corner are oyster beds which the area is also famous for.

I enjoyed watching islands in the bay appear on this foggy morning.

One last view from our hotel room. be continued....


Glenn, kenixfan said...

Beautiful! Japan is on the short list of places I want to visit. The only problem is that I'm guessing it's more expensive than HK, Vietnam, Thailand, etc.

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Really like that third picture from the bottom. And oysters -- yum, yum! Hope you had some while there! :b

sbk said...

Hi Glenn,

With careful spending it costs about the same in Japan as it does here in the US. Of course it's cheaper when you have someone to stay with.

Hi Yvonne,

Thanks, I like that photo too. I thought the water was clouds until I looked at it closely. And yes we did have oysters. Stay tuned.