Moutsuu-ji Temple in Hirazumi

Hiraizumi is a world heritage site in Tohoku, famous for its amazing selection of temples. It’s a great place to go anytime of the year, and I have been there in summer and in winter. Here are some of my pics!

The main temple is a standard Buddhist temple, but the other little temples and structures around make this site stand out from most.

There is a large Japanese lake, with some cool features like this dragon boat!

Take you time and enjoy watching the worshipers and workers do their thing.

The area is full of reconstructed and destroyed buildings, so there’s lots to see.

In summer traditional Japanese poems are read, while customers drink sake, along this quiet stream.

Even though I went on a national holiday, it wasn’t crowded at all. What an awesome day!

For more info, check out our Hiraizumi budget travel guide.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.