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  • Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Hall (Takkoku Seikoji Temple)
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    4.5
    150 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Kitazawa 16
    This temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism is located in the Hiraizumi-cho area of Nishiwai County, Iwate Prefecture. This cascade temple worships Bishamonten, which is in the Bishamondo Hall, and is a nationally designated Historic Site. In addition, it is also famous for having a torii gate, which is rare in temples. Many tourists visit to enjoy the different scenery of every season.

    This temple does not take that long to visit with its main feature being the Buddha carved into the cliff face. Nevertheless it played an important role in the history of this area and has impressive...

  • Chuson-ji Temple
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202
    This temple was reportedly founded in 850 by Jikaku Daishi, a monk associated with Enryaku-ji Temple in Hieizan (Mt. Hiei). Fujiwara Kiyohira is said to have laid the substantial foundation of the temple. Sights on the premises include the Konjikido, which has been designated as a National Treasure, and the Sankozo, which houses a collection of more than 3,000 cultural properties left by the Oshu Fujiwara lords. In 2011 the cultural heritage of Hiraizumi including Chuson-ji Temple was registered as a World Heritage Site.

    本尊の弁財天十五童子(べんざいてんじゅうごどうじ)は仙台藩主伊達綱村公(だてつなむらこう)の正室仙姫(せんひめ)によって1705年に寄進されたもので、堂は1716年に建立されました。 また堂内には千手観音菩薩二十八部衆(せんじゅかんのんにじゅうはちぶしゅう)も安置されています。

  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Hanadate 44
    This free facility introduces the history and culture of Hiraizumi in an understandable way through wall panels and videos. Items such as documents related to Hiraizumi’s World Heritage sites and articles recovered from the ground during excavation projects are displayed. Paying a visit before sightseeing will deepen your understanding of Hiraizumi’s history and culture and make for a more enjoyable visit. Audio guides that support four languages are also available for use by foreign visitors.

    If you have time, start here to understand the 100 years when Hiraizumi was the most important center of Japan. Chusonji is the head temple of Tendai Buddhism in northeast Japan and it was founded...

  • Roadside Station Hraizumi
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Kyara Raku 112-2
    "This roadside station, located on National Route 4 in Hiraizumi Town, opened in April 2017. It is nicknamed the ""Kugane Hanasaku Risokyo"" (Ideal Land of Golden Blooming Flowers). The station's exterior, mixing black with gold highlights, blends in nicely with the scenery of Hiraizumi. The spacious interior is accented with warm woods and is divided into an information center, local specialty products area, and a restaurant. The local specialty products market carries fresh farm products, popular doburoku unrefined sakes, and other products from Hiraizumi Town. In the restaurant, you can enjoy dishes made with fresh vegetables and other local ingredients."

    2020年9月に車中泊で利用しました。 駐車場も広く普通車と大型車が区分けされています。 駐車場は全くの平坦ではなく若干傾斜(水勾配程度)がありますが、気になる程ではありません。 駅入り口前のテント売店は夕方着早朝出発だったので閉店していましたが、駅中は広くトイレも広くとても清潔です。道の駅のホール(トイレに行くときのエントランス?通路?)も広く道路情報などもモニターでチエックできます。また、ホー...

  • Iwate Safari Park
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Fujisawachoukinomi Yamaya 121-2
    This zoo is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. Besides animals including white lions and tigers, you can also interact with herbivores such as giraffes and camels inside the park. In addition, you can feed animals up close while riding in a bus designed with a tiger motif. Various events are held in the park, drawing many people and their families.

    肉食動物放し飼いパークがおすすめです。 アメリカライオンが悠々としています。動物たちもキレイです。洗ってる?

  • Genbikei Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Minamitakinoue
    Genbikei is a valley of the Iwai River originating in Mt. Kurikoma and flowing to Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. Dynamic landscapes such as waterfalls, strangely shaped and magical rocks continue for two kilometers. The specialty of Genbikei is of course the Kakko-dango Dumplings. When ordering and paying, you place your money in a basket attached to a rope stretched to the other side. After sounding a wooden hammer, the basket is pulled up and the dumplings and tea are delivered in return instead. Fun to watch, and delicious to eat.
  • Sahara Glass Park
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Takinou no yu 263-1
    The glassware dealer is located in Ichinoseki City. They exhibit glass products from all over the world including Japan. In addition to selling glass products, you can also have a glassmaking experience if you make a reservation in the glass workshop. You can try glassblowing and making dragonfly balls. The second floor of the shop is a restaurant where you can enjoy drinks such as coffee, snacks and set meals using local ingredients.

    The outside of the Sahara Glass Park is so aged that it feels like stepping back into time...I enjoyed browsing in the store after finishing walking around the nearby Gembikei Valley. I wouldnt go...

  • Motsuji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Osawa 58
    This temple that belongs to the Tendai sect was constructed in 850. It is said to have been founded by the priest Jikaku Daishi. Sights to see include the Jodo (Pure Land) garden that is arranged to unify the Buddhist temple and garden pond. As a valuable garden that even now conveys the thoughts and techniques of the Sakutei-ki, the oldest book concerning gardens in Japan, this is a symbol of Motsu-ji Temple. The temple premises have been designated as a Special Historic Site, and the Ennen-no-mai (a dance performed here for peace and longevity) has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Culture Property.
  • Ichinoseki City Museum
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Okinono 215-1
    This museum is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. You can learn about the history and culture of the Ichinoseki area and the accomplishments of previous generations. It shows cultural assets and tools from the stone age until the modern era. In addition to permanent exhibitions separated by theme, it also hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures and experiential learning events.

    いわゆるローカル観光地にありがちな取って付けたような博物館かな思いきや、蘭学・辞書編纂・和算などのテーマ別に掘り下げて展示することで地元出身の学者の業績をわかりやすく展示していたり、舞草刀(もぐさとう)という、日本等の源流となる刀の展示もあり、かなり見応えがある博物館でした。厳美渓に来たらここにも立ち寄らない手はないです。

  • Chusonji Temple Shop
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202
    This shop is located next to Sankozoon the grounds of Chusonji Temple in Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai County. It sells souvenirs, such as local confections and craft items, as well as items that are sold only at Chusonji. In front of the shop, there is a special pamphlet, and if you touch it, you can borrow an audio pen that provides a guided tour in seven languages.

    坂の上駐車場に車を停め金色堂に1番近い券売所に行くと、同じ建物の讃衡蔵に最初に行き、次に金色堂に行くよう言われました。 平安時代後期の物がレプリカ含めて多数置かれていました。私は黒く変色しているうちに枕が1番印象的でした。 写真撮影禁止なのが残念でした。

  • Geibi Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Higashiyamachounagasaka Machi 467
    Geibi Gorge runs along the Satetsu River in Ichinoseki City, and was Iwate prefecture’s first officially designated Place of Scenic Beauty. Its main attraction is the limestone cliff walls rising more than 50 meters. Boating downstream through the river forks between those towering walls is one of Geibi’s true pleasures. There are also many unusual rock formations and caves as well, and the fall colors or spring wisteria offer lovely seasonal beauty. Summer and the fall leaf season also see boat-top tea parties in special tea boats, and in winter you can enjoy a hotpot at a heated kotatsu table as you watch the snowy landscape passing by.
  • Hiraizumi Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Izumi Ya 61-7
    This tourist information center in front of Hiraizumi Station is located in Izumiya, Hiraizum, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai County. It provides sightseeing information on locations such as Hiraizumi’s temples, historical sites and accommodation facilities. In addition, there are also audio pens that can give information in seven languages when touched on a special pamphlet.

    The tourist information center is located to the right as you exit from the railway station. You can get local maps and information in English and other languages here and buy tickets for the...

  • Sekino-ichi Brewery Sake-no-minzoku Culture Museum
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Tamuracho 5-42
    A sake folk museum runs by Iwate's 100-year-old Sekinoichi brewery. Originally it was Tohoku’s largest storehouse for the initial stages of the brewing process, then was remodeled into a museum. A variety of sake brewing equipment is on display, including a large barrel for preparation. The sake making process is explained in detail. You can also visit the brewer’s room, dedicated to Matsuo Daimyojin, the god of sake. There is also a literary museum with materials from authors with ties to Ichinoseki.

    一ノ関駅から歩いて10分ほど。酒の製造方法や、昔使われていた農具が紹介されています。入館料は300円ですが、とても勉強になる施設です。

  • Yukyunoyu Hiraizumi Onsen
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Osawa 1-1
    Yukyu no Yu is a hot spring facility located in Hiraizumi Town, Nishi-iwai County, Iwate Prefecture. The main bathing area is fed by a sodium chloride spring, which is said to be affective against cuts and burns, and visitors can relax and forget their troubles. The bathing area also contains a sauna and fresh-water baths. There are no lodging facilities, but visitors may take advantage of a spacious lounge area.

    夜行バスで東京に行くので観光した後ここに立ち寄りました ちょうど26日で風呂の日ということで300円で入ることができました 温泉も広く休憩所もありゆっくり過ごせました 施設の人も親切でいろいろ教えて下さいました

  • Tategamori Ark Farm
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Fujisawachoukinomi Kinuisawayama 9-15
    This is a sustainable farm that stretches out to the south of Mt. Kenjo. The animals mostly run wild and the farm sells its own-brand Mukashi Tamago Eggs and Tategamori Kogen Buta Pork as well as processed products such as ham and sausages. The farm also has a flower garden and a herb garden and the many different kinds of flowers such as lavender and tulips, depending on the season, are popular with tourists. The farm also holds events so that visitors can get to know the animals and interactive classes for children.

    売店や軽食屋はやってました。入園料も無料でした。鹿、羊、ポニー、ウサギなどの動物が近くで見れて、遊具もあります。季節によってはラベンダー畑もあるみたいです。

  • Utatane Cafe Sakura no Yu
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Oushushi Mizusawa-ku Sakurakawa Myoujindou 27
    A hot spring bathhouse located a 15-minute drive from JR Mizusawa Station on the Tohoku Main Line in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture. Dedicated to providing a space where you'll feel so comfortable you'll unintentionally nod off, the bathhouse has saunas, baths, and cushions and sofas that are super comfortable to lie down on. There's also a computer space and library of 2,000 comic books, so you can spend a whole day relaxing here. The bathhouse' restaurant serves soba noodles made with privately grown buckwheat; there's also a banquet menu.

    日帰り温泉施設として、食事場所、休憩処とあり、綺麗で清潔感溢れてます。 休憩処に漫画や雑誌もあるので、お風呂あがりにゆっくりするのも良い。 寝転べるクッションもあります。 温泉は広々と中湯、露天とあり、更に源泉の1人用お風呂が2つ。 これが最高。 水風呂程に冷たくなく、温泉で少しのぼせや、あつさを感じた時のクールダウンには露天に出るよりもこの、源泉に浸かると良いでしょう 10分くらい入ってれば...

  • Roadside Station Genbikei
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Okinono 220-1
    A roadside station located in the Ichinoseki Onsenkyo hot spring resort area in Genbi Town, Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. In addition to a wide array of local foods and crafts being sold here, the facility also aims to introduce the diverse array of mochi rice cake dishes which make up a significant part of local Ichinoseki cuisine. A mochi cuisine restaurant serving select mochi dishes can be found here, giving you the chance to enjoy Ichinoseki mochi until you’re full to bursting. The Noson Park area sprawls outside the station, serving as an event space and location for community interaction.

    厳美渓の流れに沿った道路が旧道なら、新道と言いましょうか、平行して走る広い通りにあって、一関博物館の目をひく建物の横にありました。地元は餅が名物だそうで、大きなオードブル皿に盛られた様子はびっくりものでした。お餅は確かに美味しいです。産直とお土産、両方で楽しくショッピングできました。

  • Genbikei Rest House
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Kounosu 132
    This rest house is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. You can look out on Genbi Gorge, a designated scenic natural monument. In addition to souvenirs from Ichinoseki available for purchase, enjoy meals such as suba buckwheat noodles and curry and dishes using Maesawa beef while gazing out on the gorge and the clear emerald green flow of the Iwai River from the observation dining area on the second floor.

    厳美渓の天工橋を渡ったところにある、お土産屋さん。2階が食堂になっています。昔ながらの観光地のお土産屋さんで、やや寂れた印象。トイレは2階で食堂利用者のみ使用可能で、1階にトイレはありません。

  • Sanchoku Raimu-kun
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Prefecture Oshu City Mizusawa Mashiro cedar 51 under
    This is an agricultural produce direct sales complex in Mizusawa District, Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture. In addition to such local land and sea produce such as fresh fish hauled directly from Sanriku Yamada Town, Maezawa beef, and Iwate Oshu beef, this complex offers visitors the chance to pick strawberries on the premises. Visitors can also enjoy the bread corner, always offering over 30 varieties of breads using rice flour and soft ice cream that incorporates Mo-chan milk. On the menu at the rest items using local specialty products are offered so you can enjoy the local flavors in a relaxed setting.

    奥州市の産直としては、規模は大きい方だと思います。 地物の農産物は外れなし。 レストランやイチゴのハウスも併設してます。 なんと言っても、内陸でありながら、確かな目利きの海産物は魅力的です。

  • Stone and Kenji Museum
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    3.0
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Higashiyamacho Matsukawa Takinosawa 149-1
    A museum located a three-minute walk from Rikuchu-Matsukawa Station on the Ofunato Line in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. The museum was established for future generations to share with and make it possible to come in contact with the ideas and lifestyles of engineer Kenji Miyazawa and Tohoku Rubble Factory owner Tozo Suzuki. The museum has lapis lazuli, amethyst, and ammonite fossils on display and a library of books collected by Suzuki. Visitors can also take a tour of the former Tohoku Rubble Factory, which was erected in 1924 and registered a National Tangible Cultural Property in 1996 (note: at the present time, tours are not possible due to renovations; tours are scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2020.)

    この場所は、35歳の宮沢賢治が7カ月働いた東北砕石工場の場所である。技師として就任した賢治は、この工場で作られた炭酸石灰販売に努力を重ね、出張先の東京で倒れます。その後療養するも37歳で亡くなるのです。農村に土地改良の石灰を安く提供できる、貧しい農村の土地を改良しなければと考えていた賢治。工場の経営者鈴木東蔵と思いは一致したのです。賢治は石にも詳しかった。このミュージアムには原石の数々が展示されて...

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A northern Tohoku prefecture promising peace and quiet, Iwate is sparsely populated, replacing people with snow-capped mountains, history-rich sites, and fields of crops that are to thank for the region's delicious local cuisine. Meander along the three-city Golden Route, where you'll visit the grand Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi and the Tono folk villages before tasting the three famed noodle dishes of Morioka.

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