1 day itinerary

Ultimate Guide to Hiraizumi

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.



Day 1

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 )

Day 1 - Iwate

09:20 AM 10:20 AM   -   Motsu-ji Temple


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”.


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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

10:30 AM 11:00 AM   -   Kanjizaiō-in Temple


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.


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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

11:20 AM 12:00 PM   -   Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center


The cultural heritage of Hiraizumi is explained in detail through panel displays and video. There are also explanations and pamphlets in English.


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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 44 Hanadate, Hiraizumi, Iwate See map
Telephone 0191-46-4012
Website http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/archive/sightseeing/bunka.html

12:15 PM 03:00 PM   -   Chuson-ji Temple


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.


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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/

03:10 PM 03:30 PM   -   Takadachi Gikeido Hall


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.


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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )

11/5-3/4 8:30am-4:00pm
Price Adults: 200 YEN
Child: 50 YEN
Address Takadachigikei-dō Temple, Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0191-46-3300
Website http://www.motsuji.or.jp/gikeido/english/index.html

03:40 PM 04:10 PM   -   Muryokoin Ruins


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.


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Price FREE
Address Iwate-ken, Nishiiwai-gun, Hiraizumi-chō, Hiraizumi, Hanadate 無量光院跡 See map
Telephone 0191-46-4012
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=5

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By Midori