Iwate Prefecture is located in the northeast of Honshu. Hiraizumi, found in the southwest of Iwate, was an area that flourished during the late Heian Period, from 794 A.D. to 1185 A.D. The area is home to many temples and ruins from that era.
Recognized as a world cultural heritage site in 2011, the temple Chusonji is most famous for its Golden Hall. True to its name, the hall is richly adorned in gilded gold. Konjikido, as the hall is known in Japanese, is said to have been designed in the expression of paradise. It is thus adorned in glittering gold.
25 minute walk from JR Hiraizumi Station
8:30-17:00 March 1 through November 3, 8:30-16:30 November 4 through end of February
Holidays: Open year-round
Admission: Adults ¥800, High School students ¥500, Junior High School students ¥300, Primary School ¥200 *Discounts available for groups of more than 30 persons.
Address: 202 Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate Prefecture
Airport: Sendai Airport
19th Century red brick architectural relic from Hokkaido’s industrial heyday
Gorgeous Sakura tree, guardian of a hillside tea plantation
The stream weaves its natural beauty and color through the woods
Islands of Kagoshima, rich in drama and wonder
Warm spring welcome by 200 beautiful blooming Sakura trees
Venerate old Sakura tree stands and overlooks the great mountains in the horizon
Autumn in Japan, landscape dyed in red, orange, and brown
Taste the natural wonder of Yakushima Island
Pristine white sand beach paradise and warm welcome breeze