Hiraizumi was inscribed as a World Heritage site in June 2011.

General Information about the Hiraizumi World Heritage Site Hiraizumi Iwate, World Heritage Information Center

Message from the Governor

Here is an open message to all from the Governor of Iwate.


The Hiraizumi Declaration on the Tohoku Restoration

岩手県知事 達増拓也

Hiraizumi’s cultural heritage has been inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. To all of us in Hiraizumi Town, Iwate Prefecture, and the Tohoku region, this is a great source of pride and joy.

Tohoku took a large amount of damage from the March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. I want to express my deepest gratitude for all of the support we received from the rest of Japan and from all over the world.

In the 11th century, there was a violent war in Tohoku and many lives were sacrificed. The founder of the Oshu-Fujiwara clan, Lord Kiyohira, restored the devastated country and tried to create the Buddhist Pure Land in this area in order to bring about a peaceful utopia that had no wars. In doing so, Hiraizumi’s cultural heritage was developed.

Hiraizumi, which was built according to Buddhist thought, has left us magnificent temples and gardens, and conveys to us the idea that we should live together respecting every life.

We are working hard to rebuild Tohoku after the natural disaster, with the ideas of Hiraizumi in our hearts. We vow to protect Hiraizumi’s cultural heritage and pass it on into the future.

July 3, 2011

Representing the people of Iwate Prefecture,
the Governor of Iwate Prefecture
Takuya Tasso
Takuya Tasso