Entsuin Zen Garden
Entsuin Temple has two noteworthy gardens. There is a Japanese-style moss garden with a heart shaped pond, as well as a stone and moss garden nearer the entrance to Entsuin. Entsuin was built in 1646 near Zuiganji Temple to house the mausoleum of Date Mitsumune, the son of the ruling local feudal lord Date Terumune. The temple is devoted to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Mitsumune died an untimely death at the age of 19. Entsuin's main hall was originally Mitsumune's summer residence in Tokyo before his death, and was relocated to Matsushima by his father, who surrounded the structure with gardens and renamed it Daihitei or mercy in Japanese.