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Yamadera or Hiraizumi???

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Yamadera or Hiraizumi???

Hello everyone,

I would like to take a day trip to either Yamadera or Hiraizumi around Oct 26. Which one do you think it's a must see and worth going? I will have a JR east pass. We are 2 adults and love temples, nature, and historical thing.

I'm in Sendai for 2 days and then will stay at Matshushima. Prior to Sendai, I've already spent quite few days in different Onsen area. Therefore, only leave me the choices of Yamadera or Hiraizumi. We hope to spend half to full day for this day trip and then back to Sendai around 6-7pm in the evening. Please let me know what you think iand your preferences and how easy to take the train to go there.

Many thanks in advance!

Hadano, Japan
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1. Re: Yamadera or Hiraizumi???

I have been to Hiraizumi once for about 20 years ago.

Shinkansen is the nearest going from Sendai to Hiraizumi.

It is 32 minutes in Shinkansen from Sendai to Ichinoseki.

It is eight minutes in Touhoku Main Line from Ichinoseki to Hiraizumi.


I recommend Chusonji and Motsuji temple.

I think that I turned round the Yoshitsune course in the address below.


In genbikei, kakkou dango is recommended.

Dango is carried from the opposite bank as shown in the photograph below.


It is possible to eat in the shop.

Zunda dango was delicious.

(It is occasionally sold out though it is closing the store at 5:00PM )

place: 211 takino-ue,genbi-machi,ichinoseki-shi,iwate-ken





Fujieda, Japan
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2. Re: Yamadera or Hiraizumi???

It's hard to decide. Yamadera is the place I want to go right now. I have been to Chusonji Temple and it is said that its Kondo building fits "Gipangu" as described by Marco Polo. Not only Kondo but the entire place is very nice and has a lot to visit. Also Hiraizumi is now the candidate for World Heritage site. If you go to Hiraizumi I would recommend Motsuji Temple with its beautiful Heian-style garden.

Fujieda, Japan
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3. Re: Yamadera or Hiraizumi???

For info on Hiraizumi as a UNESCO world heritage candidate see the following links.




Edited: 8:47 pm, August 12, 2010
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4. Re: Yamadera or Hiraizumi???

it will not be fair to decide which is better 'cause both are beautiful and unique in their own ways. But if you can only choose one and are looking for something that is different from the rest of the shrines and temples, go for Yamadera. It is only about 1 hour from Sendai. The train journey from Sendai to Yamadera station offers beautiful scenery. Even before you reach the Yamadera station, you will be able to see from afar the numerous temples that were built into the mountain (thus the name "mountain temple") The half hour climb is strenous and unyielding but the view from the top......... I have been there twice, and I intend to go there again.

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