Entsu-in Temple
Entsu-in Temple
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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ART196
244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
Entsūin is a small temple but one full of interesting features and history. The temple is the location of the mausoleum of Date Mitsumune, grandson of Date Masamune, built by his father Date Tadamune in 1646. Mitsumune had died whilst aged just 19. A child genius and promising up-and-comer, it is said that he was feared by the Shogunate and that his death had been down to assassination by poisoning. His mausoleum, the Sankeiden, has a golden interior. Mitsumune is depicted attired as a noble riding on a white steed. There are painted decorations of European origin, influenced by pictures brought to Japan in 1620 by Hasekawa Tsunenaga, an explorer and Christian samurai who had served Date Masamune. Among these paintings is a red rose, possible the first depiction of a western rose in Japan. The Mausoleum also contains statues of the 7 retainers who committed Junshi (ritual suicide to follow one’s lord unto death) upon Mitsumune’s death.

Daihitei (“Villa of Great Bereavement”) serves as Entsūin’s main hall of worship, dedicated to Kannon-Bosatsu (known also as the Goddess of Mercy in English). Daihitei has a thatched roof, unlike any Hondō I’ve seen before as it had formerly been Mitsumune’s summer home in Edo. It was brought to Entsūin in 1647.

Entsūin has three gardens. With moss and maple trees throughout, one contains a rock garden, and another a heat-shaped pond, and the third is a rose garden (not in season when I visited). The heart pond (its shape is more like a lily pad’s I think) and rose garden are inspired by the rose and heart designs in Sankeiden.
Written 21 April 2016
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Oliver F
166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
This temple is lesser famous than the next door Zuiganji temple with its beautiful painted sliding doors.
But, Entsuin temple has a very nice garden and the famous mausoleum of date Mitsumune which had been locked up for more than 300 years due to the Christian artifacts engraved in the young lords statue. During the Edo period Christians were being prosecuted by the ruling authorities and since the statue had these artifacts it was decided to hide it. It was on,y opened up again after World War II which is one of the main reason why it is being in such a good state.
The garden is also very calm and has been used many times by Japanese TV and movie firms as a Samurai scene in a movie.
Written 18 October 2016
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enhasa
Singapore, Singapore127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Serene. Amazing autumn colors. Housing the mausoleum of Date Mitsumune. Must visit while in Matsushima bay area.
Written 29 November 2019
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MarkKwok
Vancouver136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I wasn't planning to go to this temple but saw it on the way to Matsushima Kaigan station and thought, why not?

I was glad I went. The place is bigger than I thought. There is a nice rock garden at the entrance, then the temple, some caves on the side, down to a rose garden, and a pond. It was very quiet - just what a Japanese garden should be.

I enjoyed my time there away from the crowds at Matsushima Pier.
Written 16 September 2019
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TheWindWaker
Stuttgart, Germany524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
It’s a rather small temple but well maintained and 300 yen are acceptable. Don’t miss the part behind the lake.
Written 4 January 2019
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azamer
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Beautiful garden and autumn fall leaf make the nice view. In the night the light up make the view more interesting. I'm very impress tree reflection on the pond.
Written 8 November 2018
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
What an absolutely beautiful Temple and gardens and grave sites. The grounds and gardens give you such a peaceful place to walk and reflect and listen to the birds and the wind talking through the Maple trees. This place is perfect for those perfect pictures. A must visit.
Written 20 April 2018
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Miyuki
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
My sister and I visited Entsuin twice, once at night and during the day. Both visits were worth it. There was a light-up event at night that highlighted beautiful autumn colors. The pond reflected trees around it like a mirror. This event is very popular, and it was too crowded for my taste, but it had an ambiance like a festival around the temple and enjoyable.
Out visit next day during the day was even better. I prefer more quiet meditating quality of temples, so with much fewer people around, we were able to admire beautiful garden of Entsuin. This is a place you really should see even if you only had a day in Matsushima.
Written 7 December 2017
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Greg A
La Porte City, IA129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Couples
When we went, there was a lady in a Kimono that gave us a free English guided tour.
There is so much that you would never know about the place.
The black "slate" stone path? That is from the Beach area and us also same stone used to make the ink stones you can buy.
The first seating area? That was used as a waiting area for the Lord to summon you.
The caves farther in? those were carved by the monks that lived there and now house the memorials of the Lords concubines.
The rose garden? That was due to the Pope giving the Lord a rose during his visit.
The first small building you come to? That is a shrine to the Lords son that died at 19, maybe poisoned.
So much to see and learn, heck the pond at the end is heart shaped...
Written 6 July 2017
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TheDoor_isopen
Tuggeranong, Australia2,891 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Couples
This is a beautiful temple and garden. It's unusual because it contains a rose garden, a moss garden and a heart shaped pond. There are many maple trees which would make it a lovely sight in autumn. You can wander at your own leisure and take in the vistas. There's a green brochure in English at the ticket booth which is very interesting. I highly recommend it.
Written 11 June 2016
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