This weekend we went to Chuson-ji in Hiraizumi town to see a cluster of Buddhist temples. It has a fascinating history dating back to 850 AD. It's about a three hour drive from the base, and when I say three hours, it would be way closer in the states but because the speed limits are lower here it takes a bit longer. We took a tour arranged by the base so we wouldn't have to worry about filling up off base. Gas prices here are by the liter and it can get pricey.