Exploring Matsushima, Japan’s 260 Pine-Covered Islands

Off the mainland coast of Miyagi Prefecture sits one of Japan’s three most scenic sights: a group of 260 small pine-covered islands called Matsushima (松島).

Deriving their name from the Japanese translation of “pine island”—matsu (松) for “pine” and shima (島) for “island”—the destination is a draw for locals, tourists and seagulls alike. The islands are best viewed from one of four vantage points, and cruises offer the best option for getting an up-close look.

To see more photos and videos from Japan’s pine islands, visit the Matsushima (日本三景 松島) location page and browse the #matsushima hashtag.