At the top of Mount Kanzan lies Chuson-ji Temple in northern Japan’s Iwate Prefecture. Housing the “Golden Pavilion” of the north, it’s a scenic spot that lets you experience a beautiful temple without the crowds and a few ancient surprises.Konjikido TempleThe highlight of Chuson-ji is Konjikido Hall, founded in 1124. The small building is covered in gold and often compared to Kinkakuji, the world-famous Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. It showcases several forms of art and culture from the period it was constructed, such as lacquer work, metalwork, and pearl inlays.Konjikido also houses the mummifie...
Morioka Fall Festival 2019: Sat. Sept. 14 to Mon. Sept. 169 a.m. to 8 p.m.Connoisseurs of Japanese noodles must head north to the capital ofIwate Prefecture, home of the “Three Great Noodles of Morioka.”Criss-crossed by rivers and hemmed in by mountains, Morioka has been nicknamed “the capital of forest and water” for its natural beauty. A generous array of festivals truly makes this city come alive with color and excitement.Morioka during cherry blossom seasonThe Ishiwarizakura, or rock-splitting cherry tree, is Morioka’s most intriguingly unique attraction, and a national treasure of Japan. ...