Michinoku Pilgrimage to 4 Temples: Matsushima, Yamadera, Hiraizumi Chuson-ji & Motsuji Temples / Zao Onsen Stay


■Shiji Kairo (pilgrimage tour to 4 temples) is a tour to Risshaku-ji Temple, Motsuji Temple, Chuson-ji Temple and Zuiganji Temple. These temples were all founded by the priest Enrin (Jikaku Daishi) and were visited by Matsuo Basho, a famous haiku poet who wrote his book "Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Interior)". ①Matsushima・Zuiganji Temple・・・Visit Hondo (main hall) that was reopened to the public in 2016. ②Yamadera・Risshaku-ji Temple・・・Over 1,100 year-old temple associated with Matsuo Basho. ③・④Hiraizumi・Chuson-ji Temple & Motsuji Temple・・・View Buddhist temple architectures and garden registered as the World Heritage. [Accommodation] Hotel: Takamiya Rurikura Resort or Hotel Lucent Takamiya. Stay at "Zao Onsen", a representative hot spring resort in Yamagata. Feel relaxed at milky-white hot spring. Enjoy 2 hot spring facilities (approx. 7 mins walk). ※Accommodation will be decided by our company. [Additional information] What's included: Transportation, accommodation, meal(s), admission fee(s) specified in the itinerary and taxes. *None of these expenses will be refunded even if the participant does not use them. What's not included: Any expenses not specified in the itinerary (e.g. personal expenses, optional tours.) What's included in "Infant Price" (3-5 years old): Bus seats only (Meals and bedding are not included.) ※If train seat, meals, bedding are needed please apply as a child. [Important] *Some hotels are not equipped with an elevator or an open-air bath. *This tour is operated with a mixture of Japanese and foreign guests. However a staff member will give you the basic information, such as meeting place and time at each stop in English or Chinese, although they won't give you detailed information on the places visited. *A Japanese-speaking guide is included. Although the tour conductor can speak English or Chinese, they are not an interpreter for the guide. There will be many explanations during the temple's visits. *4 Temples Pilgrimage requires a lot of walking with many stairs involved, so please join with comfortable shoes. *Wearing clothes and shoes that let you move easily and comfortably is strongly recommended. *Depending on the road conditions on the day, the order of the itinerary may change. *We will not be responsible for any delays, shortenings or omissions made to the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control (traffic, weather etc.) *A decision on whether to cancel the tour will be decided by 3pm Japan Standard Time one day before the tour date. We will inform you by e-mail. *The tour end point may be different from the meeting point. Ask the tour conductor on the day. *The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information came into effect on 30 May 2017. Customer information (name, age, gender etc.) may be forwarded to the hotels or necessary entities for the purpose of making tour arrangements. This condition shall be deemed to have been accepted by the customer upon completion of the reservation.


Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Tokyo Station (Depart 7:44~9:16) -- [Shinkansen "Yamabiko"] -- Fukushima Station -- 【Travel time: approx. 90 mins】 ① Matsushima・Zuiganji Temple (Visit the main hall with a long history. From mid April to early May view cherry blossoms / approx. 60 mins) -- 【Travel time: approx. 100 mins】 ② Yamadera・Risshaku-ji Temple (Ancient temple related to Matsuo Basho. From mid to late April view cherry blossoms / approx. 90 mins) -- 【Travel time: approx. 50 mins】 Zao Onsen (Overnight) ※Relax at Yamagata's famous hot spring, milky white Zao Onsen. Enjoy 2 hot spring facilities (approx. 7 mins walk).

  • Hotel: Zao Onsen・Takamiya Rurikura Resort【A】(second highest by our company standards) or Hotel Lucent Takamiya【A】

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Zao Onsen -- 【Travel time: approx. 130 mins】 The World Heritage Site Hiraizumi (From late April to early May view cherry blossoms. ③Stroll around Motsuji Temple and Kanjizaio-in Temple Remains etc. / approx. 70 mins) -- ④ Chuson-ji Temple (Visit Konjikido (Golden Hall) / approx. 90 mins) -- 【Travel time: approx. 140 mins】 Fukushima Station -- [Shinkansen "Yamabiko"] -- Ueno Station (Get-off is possible) -- Tokyo Station (Arrive 18:48~20:48)

location Tokyo


Departure place


Meeting Time



Yamagata, Miyagi (Sendai)

  • English

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Language Support

A tour conductor or staff of your preferred language will accompany the tour from the designated meeting place (at a designated airport in case of a tour with airplanes) and provides the participant with basic information necessary for the tour (such as meeting place and time at each stop etc) in your preferred language. Information on sightseeing in the areas of tour destinations will not be provided. However, brochures in your preferred language will be provided.

Minimum number of participants for operation

20 Person(s)

*When the participants does not reach the number above, the tour will not be operated. If this is the case, those who have made a reservation will be informed of the matter by 14 days prior to the scheduled departure date (by 4 days prior to the departure in case of a Day-tour).

Minimum number of participants for booking

1 Person(s)

Cancellation policy Tour Condition
The prices may vary depending on number of participants and other conditions.