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  • Chuson-ji

    A famous temple in connection with the three Oshu Fujiwara lords. It has a lot of cultural properties including Konjikido which was built with the best essences of art, craft and architecture in the Heian Period.

  • Konjikido

    This building is covered with gold leaf on both the interior and exterior. It was built by the comprehensive industrial art in late Heian Period.  The mummified remains of Fujiwara Kiyohira, Motohira and Hidehira as well as the head of Fujiwara Yasuhira are enshrined in Shumidan (the platform to place and enshrine Buddha in Buddhist altar).

  • Motsu-ji

    Motsu-ji had 40 of halls/towers and 500 of temple quarters in certain periods, which was bigger and more gorgeous than Chuson-ji. Motsu-ji is designated as both a Special Historical Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. 

  • Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Hall

    The Buddhist deity Bishamonten is enshrined in this hall inside a cave, in memory of the military victory of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro. The large statue of Buddhist Wisdom King Fudo Myoo and the Genmen Daibutsu (an image of Buddha carved in the rock face and the northernmost in Japan) in Heian Period are of particular note. The entire grounds have been designated as a Historic Site. 

  • Takadachi Gikei-do

    Takadachi, also called Hangandate, is a hill to the east of Chuson-ji. Gikeido Hall stands on Takadachi, which is said to be the place of Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s death. From this place, where Yoshitsune’s faithful retainer Benkei made his last stand, you can see the Koromo-gawa River and Kitakami-gawa River flowing gently below. 

  • Mt. Kinkeisan

    This conical mountain is located about midway between Chuson-ji and Motsu-ji. There is a sutra burial mound on the top of the mountain. There are also legends that a golden statue of a cockerel is buried here to protect Hiraizumi, and that the top of the mountain was raised in one night, with laborers lined up all the way from Kitakami-gawa River. 

  • Kanjizaio-in Ato

    This is the site of a temple said to have been built by the wife of Motohira, the second Fujiwara lord. The remains of the Pure Land Garden are thought to follow the recommendations written in the oldest Japanese gardening book Sakutei-ki, which was written during the Heian Period. It is thought that the garden represents the Ultimate Bliss of Pure Land. 

  • Yanagi no Gosho Site

    The entire area of the terraced land from the foot of Takadachi along the Kitakami-gawa River is said to have been the site of the residence of Kiyohira and Motohira Fujiwara. 

  • Muryoko-in Ato

    This is the site of the temple the third Fujiwara lord Hidehira built to imitate the Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in in Uji. The center line of the hall is aligned with the sun setting behind Mt. Kinkeisan to the west, creating an image of the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. It is said to be one of the greatest Pure Land Garden masterpieces. 

  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center

    Providing an easy-to-understand overview of Hiraizumi’s Cultural Heritage, which has been registered as a World Heritage site, and functioning as a tourist visitor center, it provides an extensive introduction to the history and culture of Hiraizumi.

  • Yanagi no Gosho Museum

    The Yanagi no Gosho site is presumed to be the site of Hiraizumi Mansion, the base of government for the Oshu Fujiwara. An overview of the remains is introduced in an easy-to-understand manner with explanatory panels about many valuable archeological artifacts that have been excavated from the extensive site.

  • Esashi-Fujiwara no Sato (Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park)

    There are several reconstructed buildings in Heian Period when Oshu Fujiwara clan was at height of its prosperity.

    Since it is often used as the location for the long-running historical drama series on NHK TV, this place is sometimes called 「Hollywood in Michinoku」 as the nickname.

  • Kokuseki-ji

    This temple enshrines the Sedentary Image of Yakushi Nyorai (a national important cultural property), the Wooden Sitting Statue of a Buddhist monk, Shitenno-zo, the Wooden Standing Statues of the bodhisattvas Suryaprabha and Candraprabha, and the Wooden Statues of the Twelve Prospective Deities.  It is also famous for 「Somin-sai」, in which men pour cold water on themselves to pray for rich harvest and to drive away ill fortune.

  • Sahara Glass Park

    More than 100.000 of the selected glassware from around the world are displayed and sold here. You can also observe and experience the glass production work.  

  • Genbikei

    Genbikei is the 2 kilometer-long gorge formed with the erosion of dacitic tuff by Iwai-gawa River’s flow. The dacitic tuff was deposited by the explosion of Mt. Kurikoma.

  • Ohara Water Throwing Festival

    It is held on 11 February every year (in the mid-winter) and famous as a well-known strange festival. Unlucky  aged men have stripped down to a single towel run through a crowd waiting to throw water on them pray for safety from fire, sickness and family strife. 

  • Iwate Safari Park

    You can see 70 species of 700 animals in Africa such as lions, tigers, giraffes, and zebras from your car or a bus.

  • Yugendo

    This is a limestone cavern which was at about 50 meters below sea level 350 million years ago. As well as stalagmites and stone pillars, you can see various fossils such as trilobites and crinoids. 

  • Geibikei

    You can enjoy a leisurely boat journey along the river which flows between 50 meter-high and 2 kilometer-long limestone sheer cliffs. It is also famous for beautiful colored leaves and Japanese wisteria.

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