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Iwate World Heritage Half Day Tour

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20222 min read

Itinerary Ideas

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on GoWithGuide. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our fifth post of the series, we focus on the World Heritage of Iwate.


Experience the Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi on this four hour World Heritage tour of Iwate's Hiraizumi. Visit Motsu-ji Temple with its garden of the Pure Land, before learning about the area of Hiraizumi itself. Enter the Golden Hall at Chuson-ji, before taking a walk through the ruins of an incredible World Heritage site, at Muryoko-in Ato.


1. Motsu-ji Temple

At this World Heritage site, you can freely walk around The Pure Land Garden, which has preserved the culture of the Heian period for over 800 years. Experience a certain calmness and tranquility as you explore the stunning landscapes that seamlessly mix nature with Buddhism.

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2. Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center

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Inside this museum, you can learn the history of the World Heritage site of Hiraizumi. Video screens offer explanations into the history of the area, and rare artefacts can be observed within. A great place to gain knowledge of a town with a cultural heritage, before setting out to freely explore Hiraizumi alone.

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3. Chuson-ji Temple

The highlight of Chuson-ji Temple is the Golden Hall, constructed in 1124 to create a perfect expression of paradise, the stunning hall has been designated as a World Heritage site as well as a treasury of art. Inside there are hidden treasures and Buddhist statues that can't be seen anywhere else.

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4. Muryokoin Ruins

The remains of a temple built in the image of Byodo-in Temple, Kyoto, now a World Heritage site feauting temple ruins and a huge pond. Here you can experience one of the Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi, and learn about the collapse of the Fujiwara clan.

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Shiga Tour Guide - Koichi W.

Koichi W.

4.95 / 5
(56 reviews)

Hi! I'm Koichi. I was born in Osaka, I studied in Kyoto when I was a university student. Now I live in Shiga next to Kyoto. I am a national government licensed tour guide. I have been guiding about 160 groups over the past twelve months. I usually guide my customers mainly in Kansai region including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Shiga by public transportation systems. Well, I am curious about Japanese history, especially the history of Japan's ancient times since I was raised next to the world biggest mausoleum of the ancient Emperor called "Nintoku" in Sakai city Osaka which has just become one of the world cultural heritage sites. I dug out some ancient earthen ware vessels around there when I was a primary school student like the adventure archaeologist “Indiana Jones" (It’s our secret!!). That was my hobby. Now, one of my hobbies is outdoor activities such as mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and others. So I would like to take you to some good places where you can enjoy Japanese unique nature. I love to guide foreign visitors from all over the world. I think it is my calling or heavenly given job. Let's go and enjoy together! I hope to see you soon.                                                                                                                                 

Osaka Tour Guide - Takashi M.

Takashi M.

5.00 / 5
(17 reviews)

Hi, my name is Takashi!! When I go abroad, I think that how nice it would be to have a friend there and hang out together. I want you to feel like you have a friend in Osaka and we can go around and explore the city. I was born and grew up in Japan. And I speak English, Spanish and Japanese. I can be the perfect guide for you!! I can also guide you any other cities in Japan, just let me know where you wanna go :)                                                                                                                                 

Osaka Tour Guide - Kazuyoshi M.

Kazuyoshi M.

5.00 / 5
(5 reviews)

This tour mainly tours Osaka and Kyoto. I have lived in Osaka for 10 years and have been to Kyoto 300 times through tourism. I can also offer hands-on guided tours. I can offer maiko and geiko viewing, furoshiki (wrapping cloth) making, matcha (powdered green tea), professional acupuncture in ninja costume, and introduction-type experiences. My Instagram account has been viewed by 130,000 people in one month. Not to mention famous places. I can also guide visitors to places where foreign tourists do not usually go. I can be flexible. Best regards.                                                                                                                                 

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