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  • Chusonji Temple

    Chusonji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. The Golden Hall (Konjiki-do) is one of the two buildings to survive from the original Chusonji Temple complex. Konjiki-do is a wooden building covered with gold leaf and mother of peral, which contains the mummified remains of the Northern Fujiwara clan who ruled northen read more

  • Iwayado Castle

    Iwayado Castle (also known as Shakuchi Castle) was a Japanese Castle in Oshu Iwate Prefecture. Iwayado Castle was a hilltop castle design. Today only ruins remain of Iwayado Castle and Hachiman Shrine, Iwayado Elementary School and Iwayado High School have been built on the site.

  • Kanjizaio-in Temple

    Kanjizaio-in Temple is the site of a Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. Kanjizaio-in Temple was directly across the Frontier Way from the Enryuji and Kashoji temples (now within the Motsuji Temple complex). Kanjizaio-in Temple also included a Jodo (pure land) Japanese Garden. Kanjizaio-in Temple was destroyed by fire in 1226. Kanjizaio-in Temple is a read more

  • Morioka Castle

    Morioka Castle (also known as Kozukata Castle) was a Japanese Castle in Iwate Park, Morioka Iwate Prefecture. Morioka Castle was built for Nobunao and completed in 1633. Today only the granite stone walls and a storehouse remain from Morioka Castle which was destroyed in battles during the Meiji Period. Morioka Castle used the natural defences read more

  • Motsuji Temple

    Motsuji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. Motsuji Temple complex includes a Jodo (pure land) Japanese garden that contains the ruins of two much older temples, Enryuji and Kashoji which date back to the 12 century. Enryuji and Kashoji were both destroyed by fire in 1226. Motsuji Temple is designated as read more

  • Takamatsu Park

    Takamatsu Park, in Morioka Iwate Prefecture, is most famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.

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