Visit Hiraizumi in Iwate, Japan – UNESCO World Heritage

Where is it?

Hiraizumi is located in Iwate Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of Honshu, Japan’s main island. Specifically, Hiraizumi is found in the southern part of Iwate Prefecture, approximately 115 kilometers (71 miles) north of Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture.

It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site on June 25, 2011. This recognition was given to Hiraizumi under the title “Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi”.


There are several activities and attractions worth experiencing. Here are some of our recommendations:

  • Explore Chuson-ji Temple: Chuson-ji is the most prominent temple in Hiraizumi and home to the renowned Golden Hall (Konjikido). Take your time to admire the hall’s intricate gold leaf decorations, Buddhist statues, and historical artifacts. Also, explore the temple grounds, which include other impressive buildings and serene gardens.
Chuson-ji Temple
  • Visit Motsu-ji Temple: Motsu-ji Temple is another significant temple in Hiraizumi known for its Pure Land Garden. Take a leisurely walk through the meticulously cared-for gardens, which showcase a spacious pond, picturesque islands, charming bridges, and beautiful plant life. Pause for a moment to embrace the serene atmosphere and admire the garden’s captivating beauty.
Motsu-ji Temple
  • Walk the Hiraizumi Historic Walking Trail: Take a stroll along the Hiraizumi Historic Walking Trail, which connects the area’s various cultural and historical sites. The trail passes through scenic landscapes and allows you to immerse yourself in the historical atmosphere of Hiraizumi.
  • Enjoy Local Cuisine: While in Hiraizumi, savor the local cuisine of Iwate Prefecture. Try regional specialties such as Wanko Soba (bite-sized buckwheat noodles served in small bowls) or Iwate Wagyu beef, known for its exceptional quality and flavor.
Wanko Soba