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Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center

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Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center

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44 Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun 029-4102 Iwate Prefecture
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Hiraizumi Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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Hiraizumi Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Hiraizumi area!<br><br>Nestled in the mountains of southern Iwate is Hiraizumi, an ancient city that once rivaled Kyoto for its beauty and elegant surroundings. This was the capital of the Northern Fujiwara lands, an independent country that briefly flowered in the late 1100s. Today, you can see the remnants of that once-beautiful city while enjoying the gorges and other scenic beauty of southern Iwate. <br><br>Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you!<br><br>Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.<br>Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
$99.32 per adult
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John wrote a review Oct 2019
Leavenworth, Kansas1,297 contributions210 helpful votes
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 in 850. The Fujiwara clan made Hiraizumi its headquarters and was the most powerful family in Japan for about 100 years. During that time Hiraizumi had many culturally important buildings. By the 14th century, many of the buildings had been burned and Japan had moved on. Still, there are over 3000 national treasures in the area. In 2011 Hiraizumi was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Cultural Heritage Center has exhibits and a film introducing Hiraizumi in its glory years. Visited 26 November 2018.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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GraftonRiverguide wrote a review Nov 2018
Grafton, Australia548 contributions247 helpful votes
We only discovered the Cultural Heritage Centre on a walk from our hotel while exploring the surrounding area. A visit to here should be the initial step in exploring Hiraizumi's World Heritage Sites. The explanations in english of the history and artefacts of the area put many features of the local sites into context. This was an extremely significant area in the history of Japan and change in the country brought about by changes in the Shogunates. Although I find names in Japanese history extremely difficult to follow and the relationship between the Shogunates and the Imperial family extremely complex this centre goes some way to illuminating to how all this worked and how different Buddhist sects had crucial roles in the politics of Japanese feudal society. It also highlights how some of the more beautiful natural features in Japan were integral to the view of the world of all the players in an intricate and complex society. Set aside an hour to visit here and you will better understand what you see in this stunning part of Tohuku.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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FarkasB wrote a review Mar 2017
Laramie, Wyoming13 contributions2 helpful votes
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We spent a relaxing afternoon walking through the temple complex at Hiraizumi and footpaths that connect them with the Hiraizumi train station (just two stops from our hotel in Ichinoseki). Snow blowing off of of giant cedar trees and green bamboo made for a picturesque visit to this site.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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IThkg wrote a review Aug 2016
Hong Kong, China34 contributions13 helpful votes
There's really not much here, mainly some dolls dressed in ancient costumes. Would suggest giving it a miss and heading to Konjikido.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Zexenknight wrote a review Nov 2015
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions20 helpful votes
It's a fun place that shows some of the artefacts of the temple and how it was rebuilt. You will have a chance to wear the silk dress worn by the courtesan.... It was heavy only with two layers. The real deal was 5 layers.....
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Date of experience: November 2015
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