Iwate


Iwate, a prefecture located in northern part of Japan. Though some parts in Iwate were seriously hit and destroyed by the tsunami in 2011, March after the major earthquake. Now, Iwate has gained popularity as it is the setting of the NHK morning drama “Amachan”.

Though it is not as famous as the bigger cities in Japan such as Tokyo and Osaka, Iwate in its place has many beautiful places for travelers to visit and enjoy nature; the beauty of the ocean, the far stretching highlands and magnificent mountains. Let us introduce you the 10 most beautiful shrines and temples that you can find in Iwate and the festivals that you can’t miss!

Chuson-ji Temple

The Golden Hall (Konjiki-do) is a World Heritage site showing Buddhist culture in the Tohoku region.
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 800 JPY
Child: 200 JPY
High school students 500 yen
Middle school students 300 yen
Address Chūson-ji Temple, Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0191-46-2211
Website http://www.chusonji.or.jp/en/


Motsu-ji Temple

A beautiful World Heritage site. There is an elegant garden of the Heian aristocrats who lived in the Tohoku region
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 500 JPY
Child: 100 JPY
High school students 300 yen
Address Motsuji Osawa, Hiraizumi, Iwate See map
Telephone 0191-46-2331
Website http://www.motsuji.or.jp/english/index.php


Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Temple

Bishamondo Temple seems to grow out of the rock wall
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Junior high school and high school students: 100 yen
Elementary school students and below: free
Address Kitazawa-16 Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-chō, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate-ken See map
Telephone 0191-46-4931
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=8


Kokuseki-ji Temple

Established in 729, the Tohoku’s first Shugendo temple with a sleeping Buddha in the lushly green city of Oshu
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )

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No scheduled holidays.
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Child: 200 JPY
To view the Buddhist statues, prior reservation by telephone is necessary
Address Yamauchi-17 Mizusawaku Kuroishichō Ōshū-shi, Iwate-ken See map
Telephone 0197-26-4168
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=14


Morioka Hachiman-gu Shrine

Iwate’s finest grand shrine with its magnificent red shaden and large torii gate piercing the sky
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Address 13-1 Hachimancho, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture 盛岡八幡宮 See map
Telephone 019-652-5211
Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morioka_Hachimang%C5%AB


Ho’on-ji Temple

An ancient temple in a town of temples which has retained a charm from the feudal era which was dedicated to the 500 Buddhist arhats (statues)
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Child: 100 JPY
Address 報恩寺 31-5 Nasukawacho, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 019-651-4415


Fukusen-ji Temple

Japan’s biggest wooden Kannon statue at 17m is enshrined here in a temple that was built in 1912
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Business Hours Sunday ( 08:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

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Only open on Sundays during January-March
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Child: 200 JPY
High school students 250 yen
Address 福泉寺 7 Chiwari-57 Matsuzakicho Komagi, Tono, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0198-62-3822
Website http://www.tonojikan.jp/Several_languages/english/kanko/shisetu/fukusenji.html


Hachiyozan Tendai-ji Temple

A history of hardship and restoration. See the masterpiece of the Standing Image of Shokannon protecting the Tohoku’s oldest temple
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Child: 300 JPY
Address Tendai-ji Temple, Oyamakubo-33-1 Jobojimachi, Ninohe, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0195   -38-2500
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=17


Morioka Tenman-gu Shrine

A Tenman-gu shrine that has enshrined a guard dog so charming that it is almost like a mascot character
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Price FREE
Address Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Shinjōchō 5 盛岡天満宮 See map
Telephone 019-604-3305


Kanjizaiō-in Temple

A fully restored World Heritage site that expressed the world of the Pure Land
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Price FREE
Address 岩手県西磐井郡平泉町平泉志羅山 102 See map
Telephone 0191-46-4012
Website http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/heritage/index.html#about_kanji


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