Walk around Chuson-ji Temple and Feel the Magnificence of Hiraizumi, Listed as a World Heritage
Chuson-ji Temple in Hiraizumi. Walking through the main approach lined with cedar trees to the Main Hall (Hondo), you will reach Chuson-ji Temple. Here is one of the best tourist spots in the Tohoku region where you can enjoy beautiful scenery as well as historical architecture, and feel the eternal history. Don’t leave here without visiting Chuson-ji Temple, one of the components of the Cultural Heritage of Hiraizumi, designated in 2011.
Leisurely Boat Ride Down the River through the Geibikei Gorge, One of Japan’s Best 100 Landscapes
Geibikei Gorge, located in Iwate, Tohoku region, is surrounded by soaring cliffs around 100 meters high. The beauty of Geibikei’s scenery changes each season, and many tourists visit the area throughout the year. Why not relax here amid the impressive landscape, which is designated as one of the best 100 landscapes of Japan?
Trip to Savor Mochi, a Traditional Good-Luck Food from the Edo Period: Ichinoseki and Hiraizumi
Rice cake, or mochi, is an ancient but still popular Japanese food made of steamed sticky rice pounded in a large mortar into gruel. Sometimes, mochi forms a privileged relationship with local tradition. The Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi area in the Tohoku district is one such example. Here are some of the attractive features of rice cake dishes that are worth trying when you visit this area.
Mochitsuki and Mochi Honzen Experiences to Immerse Yourself in Mochi Gastronomy
Thump, thump, thump… This is the sound of steamed sticky rice pounded in a large mortar with a wooden mallet. With this pleasant sound, the rice rapidly turns into rice cakes, or mochi. It is fun to watch this visually-entertaining traditional Japanese practice of mochitsuki, but you can also experience it in the Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi area of the Tohoku district. Dubbed the “leading mochi producer in Japan” due to its wide variety of rice cake dishes, the area boasts a Rice Cake Gastronomy that dates back to the Edo period. Here, you can savor a broad range of rice cake dishes, as presented in the traditional mochi honzen, or a full-course ritual meal. Here is how you can obtain first-hand experience in Rice Cake Gastronomy typical of the Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi area.
Mochi cuisine and bucolic scenery
Some four centuries ago during the Edo period, a unique tradition involving mochi (rice cakes) was born. It began with offerings of mochi that the Date Clan made to the gods and Buddha for peace and good health each month, but soon pounding sweet glutinous rice into mochi and eating it became a custom at weddings, funerals, and other important life events, as well as on New Year’s Day and other seasonal occasions. This tradition of hare-no-shoku (ceremonial foods) is maintained in Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi to this day and provides a rare opportunity to experience the extensive variety of mochi cuisine in Japan.