Chuson-ji Temple, Hiraizumi-cho

See the only 12th-century structure to survive a turbulent Japanese history in its original form at Chuson-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site. Constructed in 1124, the mausoleum, or "Golden Hall", features gold-covered wood inlaid with nacre (mother-of-pearl) and contains the mummified remains of the leader of the Northern Fujiwara clan who ruled much of the northern Japan. Today the Tendai sect governs this Buddhist temple. Step inside to explore the masterfully designed interior, where intricate metalwork, gold and silver illustrations, and iridescent shells cover the pillars, beams, and diases. Find out how to plan Hiraizumi-cho trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • High school excursion was visited first. For the day was by far are revisited and then watch the Takigi Noh could not travel. We could finally slowly 3 times, turn. Like "Hideyoshi gold tea" Golden Hall are certainly days and bling bling, is no received a mysterious and awe-inspiring impression. It is recommended that turns slowly over time. Because the slope is often underfoot requires attention. Buy incense received out "Namu Amida butsu" characters are similar to when I visited for the first time, was satisfied.
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  • My son graduated from elementary school at the end of 3/2014 and 2人旅. Chūson-JI was visited at the beginning of the morning was tired on the journey of a car. Is the tree-lined streets. feel the power.
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  • A visit from the last visit occurring. Very nostalgic, was still a flashy Golden Hall. Become very clean and pleasant. Nice environment because it took years but Hill felt tight, old man will not force it to come if he wanted.
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  • Chusonji Temple, a highly venerated power-spot temple. When coming here, make sure to bring someone with good skills in Japanese calligraphy and history. The deep nature of the temple is captivating to the senses.
  • You can feel the legend of "Yoshitsune".Golden house"Konjiki-do" is so beautiful.
  • The must-see sight in Hiraizumi -- I found it very much a let-down, overrun with tourists and with every little temple hawking trinkets. The main attraction -- the Konjikido temple that is completely covered in gold -- is amazing but requires a special ticket and the crowds just shuffle in and out as a pre-recorded Japanese explanation plays. This is an important place both historically and architecturally, but the spirituality seems to have lost out to the tourism aspect. Motsuji just down the road or other places in the countryside are far superior in that regard.
  • This tree covered hill is full of ancient temples beautiful grounds and views of the valley below. It is beautiful anytime of the year, but fall is my favorite. There is a wonderful trail through the woods between Chusonji and Motsuji Temples that is easy, with just a few steep short climbs good for children and older adults. It passes by some beautiful Japanese style homes with beautiful gardens. It may take 30 minutes to an hour to hike depending on your fitness level. I highly recommend it. My wife and I use it for our daily workout most of the year. It is very pretty covered in snow.
  • Great autumn leaves!

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