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Hiraizumi (World Heritage Site) – Golden Temple Representing Buddhist Pure Land

Shunsuke W.

5.00(3) reviews
Iwate
English, Japanese (Native)
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Hiraizumi is the first Unesco World Heritage Site in Tohoku (north-eastern Japan).

Beautiful temples and gardens in this area represent the adoration for Pure Land, or Buddhist Paradise.

Hiraizumi was so prosperous in 12th century thanks to the production of gold.

Konjikido Hall in Chusonji Temple is a symbol of Hiraizumi.

Its building is covered with gold leaf.


Meeting Point

Ichinoseki Station(Shinkansen stops), Hiraizumi Station, Sendai Station, or other station near Hiraizumi

Chusonji Temple

Motsuji Temple

Ending Point

Ichinoseki Station(Shinkansen stops), Hiraizumi Station, Sendai Station, or other station near Hiraizumi

What to Expect

We will visit Chusonji Temple and Motsuji Temple in Hiraizumi area.

Chusonji Temple has a famous golden hall called Konjikido.

Its original building has survived since 12th century thorough repairs.

(Please note taking pictures of Konjikido are not allowed.)

There are a museum and other small halls in the precinct, too.

Motsuji Temple has a large garden with beautiful ponds.

Its design represents Buddhist Paradise on the earth.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, pick-up at station

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee

Train fare from Ichinoseki Station to Hiraizumi Station: 200 yen

One day pass for shuttle bus: 400 yen

entrance fee of Konjikido (Chusonji Temple): 800 yen

entrance fee of Motusji Temple: 500 yen


Important Information

We will use shuttle bus which visits most sightseeing spots in Hiraizumi area.

We will walk in the precincts of Temples.

Chusonji Temple has a little steep slope.

I recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes.


Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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William K.

Jun 9, 2019

Customized Half Day Sendai Tour

My wife is a true Hanyu Yuzuru’s fan and that’s the main reason why we decided to spend half day (on our way to Akita) in Sendai to visit his birth place and hometown. If triplelights allow us to give Shunsuke a six stars rating, we are more happy to do so. Shunsuke diligently planned a special tour to make sure my wife can experience her “Yuzuru” experience, Shunsuke even went beyond and helped my wife to get the limited Yuzuru subway pass two months before we arrived. He understand our group is traveling with an elderly and pre arranged taxi service besides using the subway. Shunsuke is very communicative, patient, courteous and accommodative. We decided to schedule another half day trip with him when we travel back from Akita to Tokyo. Anyone who is interested in exploring the beautiful Sendai should hire Shunsuke.

Shunsuke W.

Thank you for the great review. I had a great time with you and your family, too. Hanyu Yuzuru is a hero to Sendai people. I am so glad that he attracts many fans to Sendai.

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Murat T.

May 3, 2019

A Very Memorable Tour in Matsushima Area

Shunsuke was a great tour guide with a lot of experience, he planned our tour carefully and also took into account my preferences about what to do along the way. I wanted to see the cherry blossoms and he took me to a park on the hills of Matsushima where the view of cherry blossoms together with the view of Matshusima Bay area was amazing! I wanted to try some of the local food and he took me to a local restaurant for a great sushi course and famous local oysters. Of course, we also visited all the important monuments in the area, even witnessed a real buddhist wedding ceremony in Zuiganji Temple! Every step along the way, he told me about the importance and the history of the places we visited. I really enjoyed the tour and also learned a lot from him. I would highly recommend Shunsuke as a tour guide to anyone planning to visit Matsushima area..

Shunsuke W.

Thank you very much for a great review. I am glad that you I enjoyed the tour in Matsushima. You were interested in many things in our local town, which made me happy. I also had a great time with you.

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Revance victoria V.

Apr 29, 2019

The View is Great and Nice Tour Guide

Very Welcome..and Have The Right Time To See Wonderful Scene...Great Job

Shunsuke W.

Thank you very much for the great review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour. I also had a great time with you and your family.

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