Esashi Fujiwara-no-sato (Fujiwara Heritage Park)4.0
Esashi Fujiwara-no-sato in Oshu City is a theme park to experience Heian-era (794-1185) Japan. The park is based on historical studies on the Oshu Fujiwara clan, the northern branch of the Fujiwara family in Kyoto and rulers of the Tohoku region in the 12th century. The 20-hector park is an imaginary city with a palace, a guest house, a temple and other 120 buildings that represent historical structures in Kyoto and Hiraizumi in the period.
The theme park was opened in 1993 and has since been used as a shooting location for a number of period films and TV dramas. Some buildings have life-size mannequins of historical figures and offer an opportunity to try on Heian-period costume. There is a museum with English explanation and a restaurant serving Iwate's delicacies.
Airport/Sta.Sendai Airport (about 119.7km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.09 months ago
Went here with a group from Taiwan! The staff was incredibly warm and inviting.
There were so many quality activities arranged for us. If you're looking for a fun time with friends and less of a history lesson then this place is perfect.
Samurai and kimono dress up.
Archery, forced perspective displays, drum performance, fish feeding and more.
I thoroughly enjoyed the forced perspective display. One particular individual from the staff was so helpful, and hilarious.
Good excitement was contagious.
The bathrooms were very clean.
Finally they offer the sale of fresh apples. Should you require lunch there is a small cantina/cafeteria.
When we left on the tour bus, the staff waved us a good journey from when we drove by them all the way to the exit. Heartwarming.
4.0a year ago
Strictly for Japanese history buffs but also good for the average tourists who want a taste of ancient Japan and the lifestyle of that time. The full course is over 2 hours but there is a shorter route of about 50 minutes which also includes a free photo in traditional costume.
You get a packet of peanuts and a KAIRO (pocket size warmer) with the entrance ticket.
I visited the place in winters and had the place to myself on a Saturday afternoon. It looks beautiful when covered in snow and the contrast with the blue sky/orange buildings is quite good.
4.08 months ago
Fun place to visit. Friendly worker.
3.0a year ago
Very spacious and tranquil park for visit. Might be disappointed if you are looking for real historical stuff.
5.02 years ago
Here it is possible to imagine what it was like in the era of 1100s' Japan. The rulers here tried to maintain peace and prosper. Before visiting Hiraizumi, where many spots are registered as world heritage, it is good to come here first as an introduction.