Entsu-in Temple


A matchmaking temple with beautiful gardens

Entsuin Temple is known as a matchmaking temple and a popular viewing location for stunning autumn leaves. It is located in Matsushima, whose islands have been chosen as one of Japan’s top three scenic views. The renowned Zuiganji Temple is nearby.

As the family temple of Mitsumine Date, a grandson of the famous samurai worrier Masamune Date, Entsuin is home to the mausoleum “Sankeiden” which has been designated an Important National Cultural Property. The temple also houses a precious Western painting of roses that the Date family’s retainer Tsunenaga Hasekura brought back from Europe in the 17th century. The temple is known as the “Rose Temple” for its rose garden influenced by this painting. The adaptation of Western culture can also be seen inside the small shrine of Sankeiden decorated with patterns of diamonds, clovers, hearts and spades.

Including a popular rock garden, the four distinctive gardens fascinate visitors. From late October to late November, visitors can enjoy gorgeous autumn colours and the illuminated temple at night. The view of autumnal foliage reflecting on the water of the garden pond is particularly special. The on-site restaurant serves traditional Kaiseki (multi-course) meals with an exquisite view of the garden.

Going through the main gate, the “Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) of matchmaking” is enshrined on the left surrounded by an array of Kokeshi dolls dedicated by visitors. If you would like to make a wish for love and marriage, you can write your wish on a Kokeshi doll and dedicate it to the Kannon.

The temple offers Juzu bracelet making, a popular experience for visitors. Juzu are Buddhist prayer beads that people place around their joined hands while praying. It is said that carrying Juzu brings you peace of mind. Three kinds of hands-on classes are offered using various materials (natural stone, glass or plastic beads). The Juzu making class with natural stone includes lectures on the meaning of the natural stone participants have chosen. Make something unique for yourself to take home!

General Information

Adults: 300 yen
High school students: 150 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen
*Ask about a group discount
Opening Times
8:30-17:00 from April to November
9:00-16:00 from December to March
5 minutes on foot from Matsushimakaigan Station on JR Senseki Line
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