Volunteer Guide

Hiraizumi Goodwill Guides

What is a Goodwill Guide?

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) for the purpose of helping foreign visitors to enjoy their stay.

Who are the Hiraizumi Goodwill Guides?

We provide free interpreting guide services for foreign visitors and tourists in Hiraizumi which was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in June 2011.

At present, English, Chinese, and German guides are available.



Recommended places of interest in Hiraizumi.

Chuson-ji temple - with its outstanding Golden Hall (Konjikido), the first building to be designated as a National Treasure in Japan. The Golden Hall, completed in 1126, is lavishly decorated with gold leaf, mother of pearl inlay and many precious jewels.

Motsu-ji temple - is designated both as a Special Historic Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The Jodo teien (Pure Land garden) is considered to be a representation of Jodo or Buddhist afterlife paradise.

Takkoku no Iwaya - its Bishamondo Hall is built partially into a cliff so it is also called a cave temple. It was built by General Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, who defeated the local rulers of this region in 801, in gratitude for the victory.

Annual festivals in Hiraizumi.

 Hatsukaya (Jan. 20th), Setsubun (early Feb.), Spring Fujiwara Festival (May 1st ~ 5th), Floating Poetry Festival (4th Sun. in May), Iris Festival (June 20th ~ July 10th), Mizukake Mikoshi Festival (late July), Torch-lit O Noh (Aug. 14th), Daimon-ji Bonfire Festival (Aug. 16th), Bush Clover Festival (Sept. 15th ~ 30th), Autumn Fujiwara Festival (Nov. 1st ~ 3rd).


What is our fee?

Since our service is provided by volunteers, no fee is necessary for the guide, but it would be much appreciated if you could pay ¥1,000 towards the guide's travel expenses and also lunch when our service covers morning and afternoon hours.


How to apply?

Please contact Ms. Yuko SAYAMA by e-mail, telephone or fax at least one week in advance.

E-mail: hiraizumi.sgg@gmail.com

Tel: (81)80-1654-8525

Fax:(81) 191-34-1005