Matsushima is a group of islands in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. There are some 260 tiny islands (shima) covered in pines (matsu) – hence the name – and is ranked as one of the Three Views of Japan. A well-known apocryphal haiku often attributed to Matsuo Basho indicates that the poet is at a loss for words: Matsushima ya! A-ah, Matsushima, ya! Matsushima, ya!
Nearby cultural properties include Zuigan-ji, Entsu-in, Kanrantei, and the Satohama shell mound.