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The Mysterious and Beautiful Temple Built into a Cave: Bishamon-do in Iwate

Over a thousand years ago, a Buddhist Temple was built in the rock wall of a cliff in Hiraizumi, Iwate. It was called Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo which was primarily dedicated to the warrior gods of the 9th century. At that time, Japanese territories were expanding northwards which was followed by several battles with Emishi…

Check Out Japan’s Version of New Zealand Culture in Tohoku!

In the mountains of Iwate nestles a deteriorating theme park known as Tohoku New Zealand Village. It was built based on Japan’s idea of New Zealand culture. The village is quite charming where you are likely to see alpacas, sausages and unique architectures. There are also a few attractions such as rides and performances by…

Hachimantai Ski Resort: The Perfect Place for Winter Holidays!

‘Tis the season to be jolly! It is about that time of the year when families get a nice long holiday. Deciding the destination can be really time-consuming so I am suggesting a beautiful winter destination somewhere in the slopes of Japan. The Hachimantai Ski Resort is renowned for its amazing powder snow which has…

Be in Awe of Konjikido, the Golden Palace of Iwate

Many people know of the very famous building Kinkakuji in Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion. Few people are aware of the golden hall, Konjikido, which stands in Iwate prefecture. Entirely covered in gold, Konjikido is a sight to behold. Tendai Buddhism japan-iwate.info/ The Tendai sect of Buddhism originated in 805. The founder, Saicho, was influenced strongly…

Visit Iwate this Winter and Experience a Fun Rural Escape!

A land of abundance surrounded with nature’s beauty, Iwate, is one of Japan’s largest prefectures just second to winter wonderland Hokkaido. There are many natural sights and sceneries as well as historical landmarks which you can visit in Iwate. There are also numerous hot springs to go to and relax. dantai-ryokou.com/ There is no right…

3 Iwate’s Extreme Outdoor Activities to Help You Get Back to Nature

The prefecture of Iwate is on the northern end of Honshu, the main island in the Japanese archipelago. Known for it’s stunning scenery many people flock to the under populated Iwate to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is lesser known that Iwate can actually be full of excitement and…

Visit Geibikei Gorge in Rural Iwate Prefecture!

Geibikei Gorge, located in Ichinoseki city, Iwate, is a bit of a hidden gem in Japan. Not to be confused with a smaller attraction nearby named Gembikei, Geibikei Gorge is a 2 kilometer gorge carved out by the Satetsu River. The cliffs here are over 50 meters tall, and the scenery is beautiful. What makes…