Cruise in Matsushima

To get a sense of the bay's scale and appreciate its dense cluster of pine-topped islands, which sit like bonsai floating in a giant's backyard pond, cruise boats depart hourly from the central ferry pier, completing a 50-minute loop. Between April and October you can opt for a longer course (¥2700, 1¾ hours) that goes all the way to Oku-Matsushima.