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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  • October 3, 2017
    From a world heritage site visits for the first time. Were more and more new buildings, but earlier and almost was not changed.
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  • October 2, 2017
    I was wicked, but Chinese people! To students and, again, come to the temple and get the energy. Deep green and beautiful lotus flowers and blooms, in some places would wish.
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  • September 30, 2017
    It was visited for the first time. In the gentle and quiet atmosphere was fascinated. I went alone to paranoia is too early for autumn Japanese maple leaves is rich in beautiful green, and during this season would be stunning, would. I think too carefully around the scattered approach is I too much time could not afford more than one temple. Please also visit places!
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  • July 13, 2017
    You can feel the legend of "Yoshitsune".Golden house"Konjiki-do" is so beautiful.
  • December 30, 2016
    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.
  • May 23, 2016
    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.
  • October 12, 2016
    Loved the wanko soba and the overall holiness of the place.
  • June 21, 2016
    One of the best known temples in all of Iwate. Located in the town of Hiraizumi.

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