The grave of Minamoto no Yoshitsune

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The grave of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his wife (源義経の墓) is located in Hiraizumi. Yoshitsune is one of the famous war hero in Japan. He defeated Hira clan and killed by his own brother Yoritomo. He was 31 year's old when he committed Seppuku in 1189. His wife and child were also buried here.

Tourist Info.
There is no parking and restroom.

0. at Ichinoseki Station.
1. use JR Tohoku Line to Hiraizumi.
2. walk north west (30 min.)

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The grave of Minamoto no Yoshitsune

Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源義経) is one of the most famous war hero in Japan. He was born in 1159 as the 9th son of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, the lord of Genji clan. After his father was killed he moved to here in Hiraizumi and grown up under Fujiwara no Hidehira.

Genpei War started in 1180, Yoshitsune became one of General of Yoritomo, his elder brother and the lord of Genji, and defeated Heishi clan. However, after he defeated Heishi clan, he became too powerful for Yoritomo. Yoritomo decided to kill Yoshitsune before he betrayed Yoritomo and destroy Kamakura Government.

Yoshitsune escaped to Hiraizumi, but Yasuhira, 4th lord of Oshu Fujiwara couldn't stand the pressure of Kamakura and killed Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune committed Seppuku at Takadachi. He was 31 years old.