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DHIRAIZUMI

iscover

Come to visit a World Heritage site and encounter


authentic Japanese flavors and local traditions in a
historical town.
See, feel and taste all Hiraizumi has to offer!
Indulge yourself with fresh
sushi
Here, you can savor the lusciousness
of the world-famous Japanese food
sushi. Enjoy such carefully selected
ingredients as toro (fatty tuna) that melts
in your mouth, rich and sweet-tasting
uni (sea urchin), and meaty akagai (ark
shells). With nigiri (hand-shaped) sushi,
sushi rolls, chirashi (vinegared rice with
thin strips of egg, pieces of raw fish,
vegetables and crab meat arranged on
top) and oshizushi (pressed sushi rice
topped with fish), sushi is a feast for both
the palate and the eyes!

Maesawa gyu, Japans


highest quality beef
Maesawa gyu has been judged as Japans
best quality beef many times. There is
tender, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness
and high-quality flavor in every bite. Though
most commonly eaten as steak, yakiniku
(grilled meat) and shabu shabu (Japanese
beef fondue), Maesawa gyu burgers and
sushi are also delectable.

Savor the delicate taste of


soba (buckwheat noodles)
In Hiraizumi, you can enjoy eating
moridashi-style wanko soba, bite-sized
portions served in about 20 bowls
together with various flavorings. Savored
slowly, you can really appreciate the
rich taste of the soba, made from mainly
locally-produced buckwheat flour.

Everyday life and


history co-exist in the
beautiful town
Hiraizumi is dotted with historical sites
within close walking distance. Many of
these places of historic interest are set in
lovely natural surroundings. Landscape
regulations are in place to restrict
signboards and the heights and colors
of buildings, allowing the historic sites
and nature to blend together and create
beautiful scenery.

Hiraizumi Walk

Artisans maintain the


legacy of beautiful
lacquerware production

Hiraizumi, Japan <Town Walking Map>

The traditional lacquerware craft of


Hidehira-nuri started with the gold culture
established by the sh Fujiwara clan.
This lacquerware is characterized by
the pattern called yusoku hishi monyo,
cloud-like shapes overlaid with gold
leaf diamonds. The black, vermilion and
gold-coloring create fine articles of great
elegance among which the Hidehira wan
bowls are the most famous.

Nambu-tekki (cast
ironware), a living tradition
of Japanese utensils
Nambu-tekki is a traditional and
representative craft product of Japan.
Known for its distinctive hailstonepatterned iron kettles and kettles for tea
ceremony, these are high quality articles
with an air of dignity and traditional
Japanese beauty, equally suitable as
articles for use in the kitchen or as home
decoration. Colorful teapots and other
items highly valued overseas are also
produced.

Information *The only international ATM that offers foreign currency exchange is located at the Hiraizumi Post Office [D-3] on the map in the middle panel.
Entrance fee

Chson-ji Temple

TEL: 0191-46-2211 (main)

Enjoy the local


traditional food, mochi
(rice cake)
Since ancient times, mochi has been
served to welcome guests in this region.
It is also served at annual events and
ceremonial functions. More than 300
mochi recipes have been handed down
through the generations. You can enjoy
the soft mochi with a variety of different
flavors.

Become intoxicated by your


travel memories and a
glass of our locally-produced
alcoholic beverages
There are many excellent alcoholic
beverages (Japanese sake and wines)
produced by famous breweries and
wineries. A local sake named after the
historic town of Hiraizumi makes an
excellent gift. Why not try a tasting of the
subtle flavor perfected over many years
of experience?

Mts-ji Temple
TEL: 0191-46-2311

Takadachi
Gikeido Hall

TEL: 0191-46-3300

Takkoku no Iwaya
Bishamondo Hall

(Takkoku Seiko-ji Temple)


TEL: 0191-46-4931

Hiraizumi Cultural
Heritage Center
TEL: 0191-46-4012

The simple taste of


hatto, a local speciality
(rice cake)
Hatto are bite-size pieces of kneaded
dough stewed together with vegetables.
This is a wheat-flour dish originating in
the home kitchens of our region. We
invite you to try the slippery and chewy
texture of hatto with the hearty tastiness
of the other ingredients.

Hiraizumi sweets,
the ideal gift!
There are many Japanese and Westernstyle treats youll want to take home to
remind you of your visit to Hiraizumi.
Shops feature a variety of flavors, from
traditional sweets to new creations
commemorating the World Heritage. Just
looking at our local sweets can be a lot
of fun - theyre also great to eat when
walking about town.

Yanagi no Gosho
Museum
TEL: 0191-34-1001

Hiraizumi Cultural
History Museum
TEL: 0191-46-2011

Inquiries

Bicycle rental & Velotaxi

Adults

High School
Students

Junior High
School Students

Elementary
School Students

800

500

300

200

Groups of 30 or
more

Groups of 100 or
more

10% discount 20% discount

Bicycle rental

Entrance times: March 1 to November 3 8:30 to 17:00


November 4 to the last day of February 8:30 to 16:30
500

300

100

10% discount 20% discount

50

200

TEL: 0191-46-5086

Bicycle rental Gold Rental Hiraizumi

10% discount 20% discount

Entrance times: April 5 to November 4 8:30 to 16:30


November 5 to April 4 8:30 to 16:00
300

[Inside the station]

TEL: 0191-46-4031

Entrance times: April 5 to November 4 8:30 to 17:00


November 5 to April 4 8:30 to 16:30
200

Swallow Tours

100

10% discount

Bicycle rental
& Velotaxi

Zipangu, Inc.

TEL: 0191-48-3588

Open: 9:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)


Closed for year-end and New Year holidays
No charge
Open: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed for year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)
100

Electric bicycle
600 for 2 hours / 1,300 for 1 day
*200 for each additional hour
Velotaxi (for 2 people)
All packages: Starting at 1,000
*Please inquire for package details
Bicycle rental
1,000 for 1 day / 500 for 2 hours

Regular Tourist Bus (bus cards not accepted)

No charge

150

Regular bicycle
500 for 2 hours / 1,000 for 1 day

Open from April to October


Hours of operation/rentals: 10:00 to 16:00

Entrance times: April 1 to November 23 8:00 to 17:00


November 24 to March 31 8:00 to 16:30
*May change depending on the season

310

500 for 2 hours / 200 for each additional hour


1,000 for 1 day / 100 spaces available
*Tours on rainy days and during the winter depend
on weather conditions

Loop-line Bus
(Run Run)

10% discount 20% discount

Hours of operation: 9:00 to 16:00


(unscheduled holidays from December to March)

Inquiries

Tourism Commerce and Industry Division, Hiraizumi Town Hall


TEL: 0191-46-2111 (main), 0191-46-5572 (direct)
FAX: 0191-46-3080 URL: http://www.town.hiraizumi.iwate.jp/

Hiraizumi Station ... Mtsji Temple ... Yukyu no Yu ...


Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage
Center ... Chson-ji Temple
... Takadachi Gikeido Hall ...
Muryk-in Ato ... Yanagi no
Gosho ... Hiraizumi Station

Adults: 140
Children: 70
One day pass
400

Spring to Fall
Weekdays: every 30 minutes.
Weekends and holidays: every
15 minutes
(Not running for part of May 3)
Fall to Spring
Every 30 minutes
Not running from December 30
to January 3

Iwate-ken Kotsu Ichinoseki Sales Office, TEL: 0191-23-4250


Hiraizumi Tourism Association, TEL: 0191-46-2110

Hiraizumi Tourism Association

TEL: 0191-46-2110 FAX: 0191-46-2117


URL: http://hiraizumi.or.jp

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Hiraizumi Town Map

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*The only international ATM that offers foreign currency exchange is located at the
Hiraizumi Post Office [D-3] on the map in the middle panel.

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Hakusan Shrine
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A Enlarged map of the Chson-ji Sakashita area

Noh stage

Tohoku Main Line

Chson-ji parking area #2


Akado Inari Daimyojin

Former Konjikid Shelter Hall

Chson-ji Temple

Belfry

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Oike Pond Remains

Hiraizumi Cultural
History Museum

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Chson-ji parking area #1

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Hiraizumi Tourism Guide Office


Voice pen rental/return

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Chson-ji Konjikid ~ 0.7km ~ Tsukimizaka (14 min walk)

Chson-ji parking area #1

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1600m to Chson-ji Temple


(32 min walk)

Velotaxi and bicycle rental


Tourism Information Center
Bicycle rental

Takadachi Gikeido Hall

Unohana Spring

"Run Run" bus boarding area

Walking trail
Hanatate

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Chson-ji Tsukimizaka ~ 1.6km ~ Hiraizumi Station


(32 min walk)

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Kanegatake

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500m

Kaizando Hall

Takkoku no Iwaya area


Ganmen Daibutsu

Takkoku no Iwaya
Bishamondo Hall

Ota River

Himemachi Falls

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Iwate Bank

Front gate

Library

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Shrine

Car and bicycle rental

Wi-fi spot

Hiraizumi Town Hall

Ota River
Otagawa Bridge

To Takkoku no Iwaya

To Ichinoseki

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New Otagawa Bridge

Hiraizumi Junior High School

Kuramachi

"Run Run" bus route

"Run Run" bus stop

Hiraizumi-ekimae
Mts-ji Temple
Yukyu no Yu
Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center

Chson-ji Temple
Takadachi Gikeido Hall
Muryk-in Ato
Yanagi no Gosho

Food and
Souvenir Shops
Sushi

To Ichinoseki

4 Hiraizumi Hot Spring Hotel Musashibo [VISA/MASTER/AMEX/Ginren/JCB]


Credit cards accepted/

2 Shirayama Japanese Inn

HOTEL & SPA


1 Osawa Hot Spring Japanese Inn

MAP
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4 Hiraizumi Hot Spring Hotel Musashibo

6 Yukyu no Yu Hiraizumi Hot Spring

MAP
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Along the Chson-ji Temple street, you


will find Yoshinoya, a long-established
confectionery shop where you can savor
organically-grown coffee and Japanese
and Western-style sweets. The shop
owners son is both a confectioner and a
musician who makes cream puffs we can
highly recommend!

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Credit cards accepted/ Hiraizumi
Tourist Rest Center [VISA/MASTER/AMEX/Ginren/Discover/JCB]
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21 Benkeimatsu [VISA/MASTER/AMEX/Discover/JCB]
Bashokan
[JCB] Ochiya
[VISA/MASTER/AMEX/Discover/JCB]

Haiku stone monument


Tourism Information Center

Tohoku Expressway

To Ichinoseki IC

Temple

Mts-ji Temple Gate ~ 0.7km ~ Hiraizumi Station


(14 min walk)
Treasure Hall

To Genbikei Gorge

Public telephone

Hiraizumi Station

Hiraizumi Elementary School

Takkoku no Iwaya ~ 5.7km ~ Mts-ji (114 min walk)

Steep slope

Velotaxi and bicycle rental


Bicycle rental
Tourism Information Center

Shirayama

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Mts-ji Temple town


parking area

Cafe & Bar Kohaku

Tohoku Bank

Katsuraishi
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Hiraizumi Station is one of the main access points for travel to the World
Heritage site Hiraizumi. In front of the station, courteous staff in the
tourism information office provide information, and you can pick up maps,
pamphlets and other useful visitor information for walking tours.

Public toilet

Yoshinoya

*International ATM

Kanjizai-in Ato

izumigaike Pond

Main Hall

*Walking time is at 3km/hour

Hiraizumi Post Office

Yarimizu
Stream

Mts-ji Temple Garden

Osawa

Maizurugaike Pond

MAP
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MAP
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Hospital

Izumiya

Suzusawa

Mts-ji Temple

Bank

Ichinoseki Shinkin Bank

Coffee Break

Caf and bar Kohaku is along the Mtsji Temple street. You can enjoy their
delicious Kohaku blend coffee as well as
many other drinks, homemade cakes, and
other light fare.

Thanks to landscape regulations, the street leading


from Hiraizumi Station to Mts-ji Temple presents
a peaceful and harmonious neighborhood. Along
the attractive street, you can see many signs and
monuments that help you imagine the cultural heritage
of the area.

Dining

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Beside the path to Hakusan Shrine, you


can see a network of old tree roots above
the ground. Within this grove you can see
a natural setting that has steadily grown
over countless years.

Souvenirs

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Also within the precincts of Chson-ji


Temple is Kanzan-tei, where you can
take a break for snacks and a drink.
The terrace commands a good view
over the town of Hiraizumi.

Legend

Karagosho Ato

Hiraizumi Fire Dept.


Substation

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Muryk-in ~ 0.3km ~ Yanagi no Gosho


(6 min walk)

Police box

Jgyd Hall

Tohoku
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Yanagi no Gosho Museum

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Next to the Main Hall of Chson-ji Temple is the


Shojuan Teahouse. It was donated by the late
founder of Panasonic, Konosuke Matsushita in 1968.
Enjoy a short break with a cup of matcha green tea
and a Japanese sweet while viewing the beautiful
gardens (reservations required).

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At shrines and temples, ema are offered up in prayer


when you make a wish, or offer thanks for one that
has been granted. Ema are painted, wooden plaques
that feature horses and other images. You write your
name and your wish on the plaque then hang it on
a special stand. An omikuji is a fortune written on a
scrolled-up piece of paper drawn at random from a
box. To form a connection to the deity of the shrine or
temple, the custom is to tie the fortune to the branch
of a tree within the precinct, or place the fortune in a
special holder.

Muryk-in Ato

Walking trail

Mt. Toyama
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MAP
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Hiraizumi Station

Suzusawa

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Yanagi no Gosho

The graves of Yoshitsunes


wife and daughter

New Oku no Hosomichi Lookout

Hiraizumi-ekimae

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Yanagi no Gosho Ato

Mt. Kinkeisan
Hiraizumi Cultural
Heritage Center

If you pass through the red


torii gate below the Konjikid
Golden Hall, you will come to
Chson-jis tutelary Hakusan
Shrine. Within its precincts
is a Noh stage under a
thatched roof, which was
reconstructed in 1853. The
stage is used for Noh performances as part of annual Shinto
celebrations. It is said that passing through the large circle of
twisted reed that decorates the shrine restores ones purity.
Beside it, there is a shrine to each of the 12 Chinese zodiac
animals. How about offering a prayer to the one that represents
your birth year?

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Hanatate
Chson-ji Tsukimizaka ~ 0.8km ~ Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
(16 min walk)

MAP
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Coin lockers

Car and bicycle rental

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Town Community Center

Taxi zone

Hakuroku Monument

Chson-ji Konjikid ~ 3.2km ~ Mts-ji Front Gate


(64 min walk)

Temple
700m to Mts-ji
(14 min walk)

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Yumeyakata

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Chson-ji Temple Post Office
Hall

Said to be the grave of Benkei


To Mts-ji Temple

Yoshinoya

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Chson-ji Temple Post Office

Coin lockers
Chson-ji
Taxi zone

B Enlarged map of the station area


Said to be the grave of Benkei
Chson-ji
Chson-ji Tsukimizaka ~ 0.4km ~ Takadachi (8 min walk)

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"Run Run" bus boarding area

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Chson-ji parking area #2

Gorinto

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Eastern Lookout

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National Route 4,
Hiraizumi bypass

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Sakashita

Voice pen rental/return

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Konjikid
(Golden Hall)

Main Hall

Hiraizumi Cultural
History Museum
Chson-ji
Hiraizumi Tourism Guide Office
Voice pen rental/return
Entrance to underground passage

*Tsukimizaka is a steep slope,


so please be careful

Cherry blossoms can be


enjoyed in the spring

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Sankozo Museum

Sutra Repository

Tohoku Main Line

Places to see on a walk about town

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Soba (buckwheat noodles)


Enjoy many delicate flavors
8 Izumi Soba Shop 10 Shofuan 12 Bashokan
9 Ekimae Bashokan 11 Takamatsuan 13 Yoshiie

Mochi (rice cake) cuisine

Sushi made with fresh ingredients

Local food culture with rich variety

1 Komatsuzushi

2 Mebukizushi

14 Noka-chaya
15 Yume no Kaze
7 Hiraizumi Tourist Rest Center

3 Ryoeizushi

Maesawa gyu (beef)

Hatto

Wheat dough pieces in


vegetable soup

Located in the center of the town, convenient access

A hotel for visitors walking to the World Heritage sites

100% natural hot spring, day-use bathing facility

Satisfy your appetite with superb local beef

A homemade taste of old times

Capacity: 8 rooms, 25 people


Price: 6,000 and up (includes breakfast)

Capacity: 48 rooms, 230


people

Price: 10,650 and up

Price: 500 (adult), 250 (child)


*No overnight accommodation

4 Isekiya
6 Seoul Dining Room
5 Kouryan 7 Hiraizumi Tourist Rest Center

16 Hana Mizuki Restaurant 18 Sakura

Hidehira-nuri

Nambu-tekki

MAP

3 Soba-an Shizuka-tei
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5 Maizuruso

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Daimonji Campground
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17 Rest House Minka

19 Sakuragawa

Appreciate the colors of each season

Proud to serve you our local cuisine

Located beside the beautiful Kanjizaio-in Ato At night the whole camp becomes a planetarium! Experience the great outdoors!

Lacquerware articles of splendid elegance

A living tradition of Japanese utensils

Capacity: 12 rooms, 44 people


Price: 6,300 and up (includes 2 meals)

Capacity: 10 rooms, 40 people


Price: 10,500 and up (includes 2 meals)

Capacity: 11 rooms, 40 people


Price: 200 (1 tent platform), 300 (5-person tent)
Price: 3,500 (accommodation only), 7,500 (includes 2 meals) Open: April 1 to November 30

20 Ochiya
7 Hiraizumi Tourist Rest Center

21 Benkeimatsu
7 Hiraizumi Tourist Rest Center