Matsushima, Miyagi

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Matsushima
松島町
Town
Top left:Matsushima Port, Top right:Togetsukyō Bridge with Ojima, 2nd left:Matsushima Marinpia Aquarium, 2nd right:Zuigan temple, 3rd left:Godaidō, 3rd right:Entsuin, Bottom left:Atago Shrine, Bottom right:Matsushima Coast Railroad Station
Top left:Matsushima Port, Top right:Togetsukyō Bridge with Ojima, 2nd left:Matsushima Marinpia Aquarium, 2nd right:Zuigan temple, 3rd left:Godaidō, 3rd right:Entsuin, Bottom left:Atago Shrine, Bottom right:Matsushima Coast Railroad Station
Flag of Matsushima
Flag
Official seal of Matsushima
Seal
Location of Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture
Matsushima is located in Japan
Matsushima
Matsushima
 
Coordinates: 38°23′N 141°04′E / 38.383°N 141.067°E / 38.383; 141.067Coordinates: 38°23′N 141°04′E / 38.383°N 141.067°E / 38.383; 141.067
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Miyagi
Government
 • -Mayor Tateo Ohashi (since April 2007)
Area
 • Total 54.04 km2 (20.86 sq mi)
Population (June 2014)
 • Total 14,642
 • Density 271/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Sekikoku
Phone number 022-354-5701
Address 10 Takagi-aza-chō, Matsushima-machi 981-0215
Website Official website
Matsushima Town Office

Matsushima (松島町 Matsushima-machi?) is a town located in Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2014, the town had an estimated population of 14,642 and a population density of 271 persons per km². The total area was 54.04  km². It is most famous as the location of Matsushima Bay, one of the Three Views of Japan, and is also the site of the Zuigan-ji, one of the most famous Zen temples in Tōhoku, Entsū-in and Kanrantei.

Geography[edit]

Matsushima is located in east-central Miyagi Prefecture,with Matsushima Bay to the east. The town’s highest point is Mount Danyama, with a height of 178.0 meters.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Matsushima was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period. The Daikigakoi Shell Mound is one of the largest shell middens to have been discovered in Japan. With the establishment of Tagajō in the Nara period, Matsushima was part of the Yamato colonization area in the region. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The modern village of Matsushima was established on June 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system. It was raised to town status on December 16, 1963.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Matsushima is largely based on tourism and commercial fishing, primarily the cultivation of oysters in Matsushima Bay.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Seaports[edit]

  • Port of Matsushima - Matsushima Kankō Yūran Line

Local attractions[edit]

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International sister cities[edit]

Japanese sister cities[edit]

Noted people from Matsushima[edit]

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