Visit the cultural heritage of the Fujiwaras, a clan which blossomed in the Tohoku district of the 11th century. This is a grand course touring through the World Heritage sites of Hiraizumi with the highlight being Chuson-ji Temple, famous for its golden Konjiki-do Temple.
|Motsu-ji Temple ( 09:20 AM ~ 10:20 AM )|
|Kanjizaiō-in Temple ( 10:30 AM ~ 11:00 AM )|
|Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center ( 11:20 AM ~ 12:00 PM )|
|Chuson-ji Temple ( 12:15 PM ~ 03:00 PM )|
|Takadachi Gikeido Hall ( 03:10 PM ~ 03:30 PM )|
|Muryokoin Ruins ( 03:40 PM ~ 04:10 PM )|
An ancient temple designated as a World Heritage site. Observe the majestic temple and take a stroll through a famous garden that has been dubbed “the world of Buddha expressed on Earth”.
Located next to Motsu-ji Temple, this is another garden representing Paradise. The garden, which was built according to the methods described in what is considered to be the oldest book concerning gardens in Japan, is a valuable place that has been recognized as a World Heritage site.
|Address||岩手県西磐井郡平泉町平泉志羅山 102 See map|
The cultural heritage of Hiraizumi is explained in detail through panel displays and video. There are also explanations and pamphlets in English.
|Business Hours||Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )|
|Address||44 Hanadate, Hiraizumi, Iwate See map|
The World Heritage temple representing Hiraizumi. It is rich in places to see on its wide grounds including the path to the temple lined with old cedars and the outdoor Noh theater. The bright golden Konjiki-do Temple cannot be missed. The area also has plenty of places to eat so you can rest here as well.
A site associated with the military commander Yoshitsune Minamoto, famous as a tragic hero. Quietly verdant with plants and trees, the small hall has enshrined a wooden statue of Yoshitsune. The view of the Kitakami River below is beautiful.
|Business Hours|| Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
|Price|| Adults: 200 YEN
Child: 50 YEN
|Address||Takadachigikei-dō Temple, Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture See map|
The site of a former temple which emulated the appearance of Kyoto’s Phoenix Hall at Byodo-in Temple. Currently, there is nothing left of the temple with only a desolate green landscape in its stead.
|Address||Iwate-ken, Nishiiwai-gun, Hiraizumi-chō, Hiraizumi, Hanadate 無量光院跡 See map|