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Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site

The Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site refers to both the mining site for iron ore and the mine and steel making facility composed of remains of transportation roads and blast furnaces. This site located in the northwest part of Kamaishi City was ...

Chuson-ji  ( Hiraizumi Town ) 

Chuson-ji was built as the foundation of a peaceful Buddhism-based realm. After decades of warfare ravaged Tohoku  ( northern Honshu )  in the late eleventh century, the only major power left standing was Fujiwara no Kiyohira, fou...

Motsu-ji  ( Hiraizumi Town ) 

 ( Special historic site; special place of scenic beauty ) 
Originally established in 850, Motsu-ji flourished during the peaceful Golden Culture which lasted for about a century under Motohira and Hidehira, the second and th...

Kanjizaio-in Ato ( Former Kanjizaioin Garden )   ( Hiraizumi Town ) 

 ( Special historic site; special place of scenic beauty ) 
This is Kanjizaio-in Ato, which once stood east of Motsu-ji Temple. Like Motsu-ji, it is an excellent example of a Pure Land garden. Kanjizaio-in is said to have bee...

Mt. Kinkeisan ( Hiraizumi Town ) 

Mt. Kinkeisan is a beautiful conic mountain with an altitude of 98.6 m located between Hiraizumi Station and Chusonji Temple on National Road 4. From the top, there is a panoramic view of Hiraizumi,

Mt. Kinkeisan, or “golden chicken mounta...

Muryoko-in Ato ( Hiraizumi Town ) 

 ( Special historic site ) 
Muryoko-in was a temple built during the peaceful Golden Culture of the Oshu-Fujiwara clan, commissioned by the third lord Hidehira. It was a subsidiary temple of Motsuji Temple; according to Azuma...

Yanaginogosho Iseki ( Hiraizumi Town ) 

 ( National historic site ) 
This is a large-scale site of Hiraizumi Mansion, the administrative center of the Oshu Fujiwara clan, which existed about 800 to 900 years ago in the late Heian period. It is a 110,000-m² site by ...

Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center  ( Hiraizumi Town ) 

The Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center was established in 2009 as an effort to promote the “Cultural Heritage of Hiraizumi” towards inscription on the World Heritage List. The facility has many important artifacts unearthed from Yanagi no Gosho Site,...

Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Temple ( Hiraizumi Town ) 

 ( National historic site ) 
Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Temple is a temple built in the rock wall of a cliff. It was built about 1,200 years ago, in the early Heian period, to commemorate the victory of the central Japanese ...

Goshono Site ( Ichinohe Town ) 

The Goshono Site is a large settlement site believed to be from the mid-Jomon period  ( 14,500 B.C.~1,000 B.C ) . The name “Jomon” means “cord-patterned,” and is derived from the pottery design of this period.There are over 800 pi...

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The Cultural Heritaege of Hiraizumi―Toward World Heritage Inscription

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