The legacy of the Fujiwara clan rests in Iwate, where the temple of Chusonji can be found; a place with notably sophisticated design for its time, Chusonji is truly a standing artifact. Just outside of Chusonji lies Genbikei, a gorge that famous lords have deemed beautiful, flowing with running waters and surrounded by uniquely shaped rocks. Takkoku-no-Iwaya, built within a cave, conceals the history of the Yamato people’s conquest of the indigenous tribes of the Tohoku region. Of course, the mountainous geography of Tohoku is plentiful, and Hanamaki Onsen, a fabled hot spring town, is also a highlight of the region.
Established in 850 by the historical Fujiwara clan, Chusonji was created after decades of war before founding an era of peace.
Just on the outskirts of Ichinoseki of Iwate, Genbikei Gorge is a National Monument and a designated Place of Scenic Beauty.
Though a coined term for several hot springs in the Iwate Prefecture, Hanamaki Onsen consists of a village with eight different types of hot springs.
Dedicated to the god of war, Bishamon, and built in a similar fashion to the famous Kiyomizudera built on the face of a cliff, Takkoku-no-Iwaya is also partially concealed by the shallow cave it was built under.