Hiraizumi Tourist Rest Center


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Hiraizumi Rest House

Souvenir Shop / Food Court Mon/ Group Cafeteria / Hiraizumi Cultural History Museum

Hiraizumi Rest House

The Hiraizumi Rest House is a tourist facility, offering food and souvenirs, located at the entrance of Chusonji Temple, a world heritage site.
We were ranked 3th in Japan in the Ryoko Newspaper’s “100 Tourism Facilities and Eateries Chosen by Pro Travelers.”

Group Menu

10-7 Sakashita Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate Prefecture〔Map〕
TEL:0191-46-2011 FAX: 0191-46-2088
* Open Year-round (Closed on certain days December–March)

Hiraizumi Tourist Rest Center Co., Ltd. SDGs Declaration

Management facility

Souvenir Shop

The souvenir shop at Hiraizumi Rest House boasts one of the largest selections in Iwate Prefecture. With a focus on souvenirs related to Hiraizumi, we also carry local specialties from Tohoku and Iwate Prefecture.


The souvenir shop at Hiraizumi Rest House is tax-free for foreign tourist

Popular Souvenirs Best3

  1. Sasaki Seika
    Three Color Sembei Crackers

  2. Saito Seika

  3. Shoeido Plum
    Tamura no Ume

Traditional Crafts

Folk Crafts

Miscellaneous Goods


Alcohol and other drinks

Food Court Mon
Food Court Mon

Food Court Mon came about through a desire to provide delicious food at reasonable prices in a tourism area.
We have bench seating for families to spread out and relax.

Business Hours
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
(December–March closing time is 4:00 PM)

Popular Menu Items

  1. 1. Mochi Lunchbox

  2. 2. Tempura with Soba Noodles

  3. 3. Grilled Pork Set

Food Menu

Hiraizumi Cultural History Museum

With a focus on the Ōshu Fujiwara’s 100-years of flowering fortune, the museum also houses cultural artifacts ranging from Japan’s prehistoric period into the 20th Century, and teaches Hiraizumi’s cultural history through illustrations, photographs, and models.
In particular, you can catch a glimpse into the heyday of Hiraizumi culture, through recreations and models based on the work of Fujishima Kaijiro of Tokyo University, who was the foremost scholar of Hiraizumi studies.

Model of Motsuji Temple

Hiraizumi Culture History Corner

Model of Chusonji Temple’s Two-story Hall

Tohoku Expressway Maesawa Service Area (Outbound)Maesawa Service Area

Maesawa is famous for“Maesawa Beef,”Japan's finest meat
Here, at our establishment, there opportunities to enjoy Maesawa beef wherever you turn, whether it be in our restaurant, our snack shop, or our beef kushiyaki stand.
We also offer a wide array of famous products from our neighboring prefectures.

27-6 Yogamori Maesawaku, Ōshu, Iwate 029-4206〔Map〕
TEL : 0197-56-2715
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A bright and spacious restaurant
Our menu, which makes full use of local produce, including Maesawa beef, is loved by all our customers

Business Hours: 11:00 AM–8:00 PM

Snack Corner

This shops works to offer delicious food everyday to busy customers on the go.

Business Hours: Open 24 Hours

Takeout Corner “Gyu-chan”

This shop offers grilled skewers of Maesawa beef, Japan’s finest, as well as soft serve ice cream and sweets. Our “Premium Maesawa Beef Negima Kushi" (meat and scallion skewer) is particularly popular.

Business Hours : 9:00AM-6:00PM(March-November) 9:00AM-5:00PM(December-February) (Subject to change. Please check.)


This shop offers a wide array of famous products from the Tohoku region. Please come and see for yourself.

Business Hours: Open 24 Hours

The Maesawa Service Area (Outbound) Shop is tax-free for foreign tourist

Highly Recommended Tourism SpotsTourism Spot

Chusonji Temple

The temple was founded by Jikaku Daishi in 850. Later, Kiyohira, founder of the Ōshu Fujiwara clan, built a flourishing temple there, with more than 40 pagodas and housing in excess of 300 monks. In addition to being designated a special historic site by Japan, it was registered in 2011 as a World Heritage Site. It is a treasure trove of Heian-period Buddhist art and houses over 3000 national treasures and important cultural properties, such as the Issaikyo Sutra written in gold and silver on dark blue paper, and the Keman (pendent ornament for Buddhist-sanctuary) in gilt bronze.

11 minutes on foot from the Hiraizumi Rest House

Motsuji Temple

Continuing in the spirit of Kiyohira, the founder of the Ōshu Fujiwara clan who built Chusonji Temple, the second- and third-generation successors Motohira and Hidehira built Motsuji Temple. The Pure Land garden, with Ōizumigaike Pond at its center, as well as a Heian-style temple hall have been reconstructed, and the temple has been designated both a special historic site and a special place of scenic beauty, as well as being registered as a World Heritage site.

7 Minutes by car from the Hiraizumi Rest House.

Takkokunoiwaya Bishamondo Temple

This site is a cave where the deity Bishamonten is enshrined, in commemoration of Sakanoue Tamuramaro’s conquest of the Emishi people. The entire site is designated a historic site, and the Heian-period Joroku Fudomyoo Statue (designated a prefectural cultural property) and the Ganmen Daibutsu (said to be the northernmost carved stone buddha in Japan) must be seen.

11 minutes by car from Hiraizumi Rest House

Genbikei Gorge

Genbikei Gorge was carved out by the Iwai River, which flows from Mt. Kurikoma into Ichinoseki City. Designated a national site of natural scenic beauty, the gorge’s dynamic scenery, which spans 2 kilometers, awes all who come visit.

15 minutes by car from Hiraizumi Rest House

Geibikei Gorge

The Geibikei Gorge, which is counted among Japan’s 100 most scenic locations, is a 2 kilometer long gorge which the Satetsu River carved out into the local limestone. The boat rides, for which the Geibikei Gorge is famous, allow visitors to enjoy a beautiful and relaxing time.

39 minutes by car from the Hiraizumi Rest House.

Miraculous Pine Tree

This tree stands as a symbol of recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. It alone remains among a grove of black and red pines completely washed away by the tidal wave.

1 hour and 24 minutes from Hiraizumi Rest House

Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site

The Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site, registered a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 as part of a group of industrial heritage sites, is the remains of Japan’s oldest western-style blast furnace, built under the leadership of Ōshima Takato, the father of modern iron production in Japan.

1 hour 5 minutes by car from Hiraizumi Rest House

Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum

Established in 1982, the Miyazawa Kenji Museum was renovated in 2015. Museum visitors can experience Miyazawa’s world of “Ihatov” through informative exhibits, explorations of Miyazawa’s creative process, and presented findings from today’s leading scholarship.

47 minutes by car from the Hiraizumi Rest House


Kitakamitenshochi is one of the “Three Great Cherry Blossom Sites of Michinoku” and is also designated one of the Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom locations. It boasts 10,000 cherry trees and 100,000 rhododendrons, delighting the eyes of all who come visit.

35 minutes by car from Hiraizumi

Transit AccessAccess

  • Hiraizumi Rest House
  • Tohoku Expressway Maesawa Service Area