The Tragedy of Hiraizumi

A belfry near Hiraizumi’s Chuson-ji temple complex in Iwate Prefecture

“Summer grass — all that remains of warriors’ dreams.”

— Matsuo Basho

Getting to Iwate & Hiraizumi

A northern-bound bullet train on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line

Cycling Around Hiraizumi

The former site of Hiraizumi’s Yanagi-no-Gosho in Iwate Prefecture

Hiraizumi’s Solemn Chuson-ji

The main hall of Hiraizumi’s eminent Chuson-ji temple complex in Iwate Prefecture
The gold-leafed Konjiki-do at Hiraizumi’s Chuson-ji temple complex in Iwate Prefecture

Hiraizumi’s Motsu-ji Complex

The ruins of Hiraizumi’s Motsu-ji temple grounds in Iwate Prefecture

Hiraizumi’s Takkoku-no-Iwaya

Hiraizumi’s Takkoku-no-Iwaya, a temple built into a cave, in Iwate Prefecture

Attractions Near Hiraizumi

Boats travel down Iwate Prefecture’s Geibikei Gorge
Buy Donny Kimball a coffee to support his cause of documenting all of Japan’s many hidden gems

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