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Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Festivals & Events

Fujiwara Autumn Festival 秋の藤原まつり

Parades, Noh plays, and chrysanthemums at a festival honoring a noble clan and praying for the future

The breathtaking beauty of Chuson-ji Temple in Iwate's Hiraizumi area, wreathed in the colors of the autumn leaves, becomes even more impressive during its Fall Fujiwara Festival. Held in early November, the festival honors the Fujiwara leaders enshrined in the Golden Pavilion.

Don't Miss

  • The parade of children and monks, dressed in period clothing, from the Main Hall to the Golden Pavilion, in the morning on November 1
  • A traditional Noh play held on the temple stage on November 3

How to Get There

You can reach Chuson-ji by bus, taxi or on foot from Hiraizumi Station on the JR Tohoku Line.

Take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Ichinoseki Station and change trains onto the JR Tohoku Line bound for Morioka. Get off at Hiraizumi Station. It's a five to ten-minute bus ride or a 20 to 30-minute walk to Chuson-ji.

A three-day celebration

Beginning on November 1, Chuson-ji holds a three-day memorial festival for the Fujiwara family leaders who built the temple and the surrounding structures, including Motsu-ji, in Hiraizumi.

A parade caught in time

A procession of children, singers, and monks, dressed in the style of the late Heian period, traverse the temple grounds to the Golden Pavilion where they pay their respects to the Fujiwara leaders enshrined inside.

Praying for long life

If you like, participate in the ritual exchange of chrysanthemum flowers to gain blessings for long life and good health. You can also enjoy a Noh performance on the temple stage on the final day of the festival.

An extravaganza of color

The festival coincides with the Chrysanthemum Festival, which runs from October into November. The vibrant hues of the chrysanthemum flowers coupled with the fiery fall foliage make the temple a rich tapestry of color and beauty.

Displays made of chrysanthemums that have been shaped into various designs grace the temple grounds, while dolls celebrating Minamoto no Yoshitsune are often cloaked in chrysanthemums.

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