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
The natural water curtain heals the body and soul
Autumn in Japan, landscape dyed in red, orange, and brown
Sakura blooms each spring from the south, covering Japan in a pink blanket as it travels northwards
Reflecting the changing seasons, this popular Kyoto spot is perfect for natural contemplation and reflection
Taste the natural wonder of Yakushima Island
Timeless Okinawan island landscape - framed by a row of Bise trees
Islands of Kagoshima, rich in drama and wonder
Majestic Mt. Fuji, viewed from the shores of a quiet, idyllic lake
Beautiful moss and streams that epitomize Yakushima - Shiratani Unsuikyo