Walk around Chuson-ji Temple and Feel the Magnificence of Hiraizumi, Listed as a World Heritage

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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.

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Leisurely Boat Ride Down the River through the Geibikei Gorge, One of Japan’s Best 100 Landscapes

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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?

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Trip to Savor Mochi, a Traditional Good-Luck Food from the Edo Period: Ichinoseki and Hiraizumi

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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.

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Mochitsuki and Mochi Honzen Experiences to Immerse Yourself in Mochi Gastronomy

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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.

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La culture culinaire du mochi japonais et les paysages originels du pays de l’or

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La culture culinaire du mochi remonte à il y a environ 400 ans, à l'époque féodale où le clan Date qui régnait alors sur le domaine a encouragé la coutume d'offrir chaque mois aux dieux et au Bouddha cette pâte de riz gluant en une prière pour la paix et la protection contre les catastrophes. Depuis, la coutume de préparer et de manger le mochi comme un repas de fête lors des grandes occasions telles que le Nouvel an ou les étapes importantes de la vie ou des saisons continue à être transmise aujourd'hui. Peu d'endroits au Japon vous permettront comme Ichinoseki et Hiraizumi de découvrir tous les rituels entourant les repas au mochi traditionnel.

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