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Ekikara Hiking English map included! Participation is free of charge! Hiking held from Thursday, October 20 to Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Stroll beneath the beautiful autumn leaves of the Hiraizumi World Heritage Site!, Same-day reception permitted
This course lets you enjoy elegant fall foliage viewing while touring a World Heritage Site. 
During the event period, the "Special Exhibition of Buddhist Sculpture Not Normally Displayed" (until Sunday, November 6), the "Chuson-ji Temple Chrysanthemum Festival" (Thursday, October 20 to Tuesday, November 15), and the "Fall Fujiwara Festival" (Tuesday, November 1 to Thursday (holiday), November 3) are being held.

Information for First Time Participants

Ekikara Hiking (Hiking from the Station) events are one-day events starting from stations throughout the eastern Japan area that anyone can participate in easily. They consist of hiking while experiencing the historical buildings and abundant nature of the areas around the stations. Participation is free of charge. Participation in the Ekikara Hiking event is very simple! All you need to do is apply through this website and then go to the reception counter at the hiking spot on the day of the event!
Organization of the Event
Application through this website The Day of the Event (Reception counter at the hiking spot) Collect your map at the reception counter Setting off on your hike!
It is also possible to join the hike on the day of the event but a prior application is more convenient!   English-speaking staff is available to help you!   English maps are also available.
A wonderful free gift is included!
Customers who make a reservation through the Internet will receive another wonderful free gift as well!
  There are no time limits, etc.
Please enjoy the hiking in your own way!

Overview of the Hiking

Hiking from Hiraizumi Station is a limited-period hike, available on any day of your choosing from Thursday, October 20 to Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
There is no participation fee, and it would make a wonderful memory of your trip to Japan. You can just turn up on the day if you like.

Date Thursday, October 20 to Tuesday, November 15, 2016 All participants will receive gifts!
Original Can Badge
Original Can Badge

Hiking Map
(English Translation)

Postcard
Application Time 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Nearest Station JR Hiraizumi Station

Recommended trains to JR Hiraizumi Station

Reception Area Tourist Information Center in front of JR Hiraizumi Station
Walking Time Approx. 5 hours (including time looking around the sites)
Walking Distance Approx. 6 km
Tour Fee Free of charge
Lunch Please bring your own meal or eat at one of the restaurants on the course (at your own expense).
Guide This is not a guided tour. You can walk around there freely with a map.
Points to Note:
  • The course takes about 5 hours to walk so please wear sturdy clothes, shoes, etc., on the hike.
  • The event will still take place even if it is raining on the day. In the event of rain please bring your rain gear with you.
  • Please take all of your trash home with you. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • At some facilities, such as Chuson-ji Temple, Motsuji Temple, and Takadachi Gikeido, entrance fees are charged.
  • The main approach to Chuson-ji Temple is approximately 800 meters long and rises steeply in some places.
  • For safety reasons, please plan to reach the goal by 16:00.

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Hiking Course

On the course for this hiking event, you can experience elegant fall foliage viewing while touring the Hiraizumi World Heritage Site. Enjoy the vivid colors of autumn in historical Hiraizumi.
JR Hiraizumi Station, Walk
START!
Tourist Information Center in front of JR Hiraizumi Station, Walk
The Tourist Information Center is immediately to the right upon exiting Hiraizumi Station. It handles all the needs of visitors looking to sightsee, eat, shop, and lodge. Visit for information on sightseeing in Hiraizumi as well as the rest of Iwate Prefecture.
Muryoko-in Ato, Walk
This is the site of the temple that Hidehira, the third Fujiwara lord, built in imitation of the Phoenix Hall of Byodoin Temple in Uji. The center line of the hall site is aligned with the sun setting behind Mount Kinkeisan to the west, creating an image of the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. This is said to be one of the greatest Pure Land garden masterpieces.
Takadachi Gikeido, Walk
Takadachi is said to be the place where historical hero Minamoto no Yoshitsune died. Located on a small hill, the Gikeido was built by Sendai lord Date Tsunamura in remembrance of Yoshitsune. From this spot you can see the Koromogawa (area), where Yoshitsune’s retainer Benkei made his last stand, the Kitakamigawa River flowing quietly below.
Hiraizumi Rest House, Walk
Hiraizumi Rest House
The Hiraizumi Rest House is located next to Chuson-ji Temple. On the first floor, Food Court MON has a family-friendly atmosphere that includes family seating. On the second floor, Restaurant GEN offers a relaxing atmosphere with a view of Chuson-ji Temple’s Tsukimizaka Slope. This tourist facility offers many types of souvenirs and is visited by many tour participants.
Recommended
Chuson-ji Temple, Walk
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Temple was constructed by Kiyohira, founder of the Oshu Fujiwara clan. The intent was to build a Buddha realm to comfort the spirits of the people who died in the long wars. It is a treasure house of Heian art, containing over 3,000 National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, principal among them the Konjikido Golden Hall, in which remains of the first four generations of Oshu Fujiwara lords are interred.
Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, Walk
Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
Free of charge, this is an informational facility presenting overviews of Hiraizumi’s history and cultural heritage, and it also serves as a visitor’s center for people walking in the area. There are displays presenting archeological materials (Important Cultural Properties) unearthed in excavations in the town.
Recommended
Motsuji Temple, Walk
Motsuji Temple
Motsuji Temple was constructed by Motohira and Hidehira, the second and third generation Oshu Fujiwara lords. In the temple precincts, Oizumi ga Ike Pond has been restored and today, communicates to the people the magnificence of the Pure Land gardens of the Heian period. Japan has designated Motsuji Temple as both a Special Historical Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty.
Kanjizaio-in Ato, Walk
This temple was built by the wife of Motohira, the second Oshu Fujiwara lord. The buildings have all been lost, but remains centered on Maizuru ga Ike Pond of the Pure Land garden have been restored, and the temple precincts are all open to the public as a historical site park.
GOAL! Tourist Information Center in front of JR Hiraizumi Station

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Recommended Trains

From Tokyo Station
  Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamabiko No.41 Tohoku Shinkansen, Hayate No.111
Tokyo Station dep. 6:04 7:16
Ichinoseki Station arr. 8:36 9:30
  JR Tohoku Main Line
dep. 8:58 10:21
Hiraizumi Station arr. 9:06 10:28

Tohoku Shinkansen timetables


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Recommended passes and tickets for getting to Hiraizumi

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

For unlimited travel on JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains, make sure you have your JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area).

  • JR EAST PASSES (Tohoku area) can be purchased and exchanged at Narita and Haneda Airports.

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)