My day in Iwate was pretty action packed, and even though I was sick, that’s my favorite way to travel. Don’t get me wrong, I love a lazy beach vacation now and then, but trips that utilize every hour make the expense and time much more worthwhile.
After our trip to Geibi Gorge, we fought the cold and rain (not the best for a cold) to make sure we saw the Chūson-ji and Mōtsū-ji temples before the sun went down. These two temples and their grounds are among the most treasured landmarks of Iwate, and for good reason — they’ve been named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. I’m never bored seeing the different details that make these structures unique, and the sheer size of these beautiful compounds always gives me pause.
We ended the evening at a local dining spot in Morioka and at our hotel, Hotel Route-Inn Morioka Ekimae. I succumbed to my sick bed. All in all, it was in incredibly busy but well-planned day that allowed me to really make the most of my limited time in Iwate. I look forward to taking Craig back there to do some more exploring with me.