Travel / Tourism Spots in Oshu / Hiraizumi / Ichinoseki Area

  • Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Hall (Takkoku Seikoji Temple)
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    4.5
    147 Reviews
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    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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    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.
  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
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    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 Genbikei
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
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    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.

    地元の採りたて野菜、花の他に岩手名物のお菓子なんかも販売してます。 レストランでは、一関名物のお団子セットなどもたべれます。 私のオススメはチャーシューラーメンです。さっぱりとしていてどこか懐かしい醤油ベースのラーメンで、あまりにも美味しくておかわりしました

  • Hiraizumi Tourist Information Center
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    57 Reviews
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    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.

    Theis bus serves the Hiraizumi railroad station, Motsu-ji, Yukyunoyu Hot Spring, the Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, Chuson-ji, the Takadachi Dikeido Hall, Muryoko-in ruins, the Yanaginogosho...

  • Roadside Station Hiraizumi
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    26 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Kararaku 112-2
    A roadside station opened in April 2017 along National Route 4 in Hiraizumi Town. The facility’s nickname is the “Ogon Hanasaku Risokyo” (Ideal Land of Golden Blooming Flowers). The facility’s black building accented with gold blends in well with the surrounding scenery of Hiraizumi. Inside the building’s spacious confines adorned with warm wood, the facility is divided into an informational area, farm fresh shop, and restaurant section. The farm fresh shop offers fresh Hiraizumi agricultural products, popular doburoku unrefined sake, and other local goods. The restaurant offers dishes made with local fresh vegetables and Iwate minami-gyu beef; on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat buffet.

    [高評価したい点] ・道の駅の建物は木造という道の駅。木目調が温かみを感じさせられる。 ・施設はきれいで清潔感がある。 ・道の駅としてもちろんだが、駐車場も結構ある。 [低評価したい点] ・無し

  • Genbikei Gorge
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    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.
  • Tategamori Ark Farm
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    11 Reviews
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    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。

  • Sahara Glass Park
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    18 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Mizusawa
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    2.5
    19 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Oushushi Mizusawa-ku Anetaichou Ishikawahara 51-3
    This roadside station is located in Mizusawa Ward of Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture. An enviable spot where you can view the Kitakami River and Kitakami Plateau, it is a place to take a break and become refreshed amid nature. You can enjoy koji nanban and sesame ice cream at eateries, and even walking along river banks and barbecuing if you go down to the embankment of the Kitakami River.

    水沢市内から国道343号を東、黒石寺、正法寺方面に向かった北上川、藤橋のほとりにあります。産直があるので、季節の野菜や果物を買いに行きます。二階には食堂があり、北上川を一望しながら、のんびり食事ができます。

  • Geibi Gorge
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    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.
  • Motsuji Temple
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    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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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    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.

    道の駅厳美渓に訪れた際に隣にあった博物館に立ち寄ってみました。 正直あまり期待してなかったのですが思ったより見どころも多くて楽しめました。 夏休みということもあったせいかこどもも多かったですね。 一関の歴史を学ぶことができました。

  • Sekino-ichi Brewery Sake-no-minzoku Culture Museum
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    13 Reviews
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    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。

  • Genbikei Rest House
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    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。

  • Geibi Gorge Boat Trip
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    Iwate Prefecture Ichinoseki City Nagasaka cho 467
    The boarding site for the Geibikei Gorge Boat Trip is located in the city of Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture. The 90-minute trip allows you to enjoy the gorge fully and view the scenery that changes with the seasons, including wisteria blossoms in May and autumn leaves in the fall. In the winter, customers can make reservations to ride down the river in so-called kotatsu boats, in which guests sit at heated tables while eating Kinagashi Nabe, a hot pot dish of meat, tofu, and other ingredients cooked in miso broth.
  • Sankozo
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    8 Reviews
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    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202
    This is a treasure house located within the precincts of Chusonji Temple in Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai County. In addition to the 15 scrolls of the Chusonji Sutra, a National Treasure, it contains more than 3,000 Important Cultural Properties, including Buddhist statues from the Heian Period (795-1115) and funerary goods from the Oshu Fujiwara clan.

    金色堂とセットの入場券で入場できます。様々な展示を見て当時の栄華に思いを馳せました。金色堂に行く前に訪れたい場所。ただし修学旅行生が多く結構混雑していました。

  • Stone and Kenji Museum
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    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...

  • Oshu City Warrior Residence Museum
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Mizusawa Kichikoji 43
    A restored Edo period samurai residence on Ote-dori Street west of JR Mizusawa Station. It is said to have been the residence of Uchida Kannojo, an imperial guard. It's counted as one of the most prestigious samurai residences in Oshu City. About 29 meters wide and 55 meters deep, it features a thatch roofed yakuimon style front gate. Oshu City has designated it a cultural asset to pass on how senior samurai lived in the region during the late Edo period. The adjacent Samurai Residence Museum has an exhibition of valuable historical materials and offers guidance for exploring the area.
  • Esashi Local Culture Hall
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    Iwate Oshu-shi
    An experience-based museum showcasing the history, culture, and local industries of the Esashi region. It is located about 15 minutes by car from the Mizusawa Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, adjacent to the Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park. It consists of an agricultural center and the Okunoin exhibition area. It's display of the Nakazen Obara family's 101 statues of the Bodhisattva Kannon are notable and exemplify the beliefs of the region. They also have hands-on programs with culinary and craft themes that let you try making soba noodles, pottery, magatama amulets, and more. During the summer and winter holidays they organize other special hands-on programs too.

    藤原の郷は小説の世界ですが、こちらは江差の歴史です。一番も奥の仏教のテーマゾーンは独特の世界観です。 江差の米、ホップ、江差牛の説明はよくわかります。

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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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