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Chuson-ji Temple, Hiraizumi-cho

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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. Make Chuson-ji Temple part of your personalized Hiraizumi-cho itinerary using our Hiraizumi-cho itinerary maker.
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  • Chusonji Temple was most looking forward to. You could relax and watch. Many buildings including the main hall, Golden Hall, feel the history. You could just watch the memorial service for Mr. Fujiwara in 7 days. Now it is autumn.
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  • Going up the slope in the mountain for a while. Starting parking is subject to charges, but a little bit away from where parking was free. This difference is what. The souvenir shop is equipped. Shrines and temples. It is a good change of pace.
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  • For visits and the nokyo-sho went to chūson-JI. I have been responding so kindly I'm served by shops, restaurants, Office people, everyone, is a beautiful place. However, nokyo-Sho is written in"benkei" women are very bad feeling. (Jabber and crowded so to nokyo-sho write, were waiting to have a temple at & in a blunt [nokyo-Sho is? "In one word. Closed temple at wildly if you finished writing the nokyo-sho) is feeling deprived of temple at felt consciousness in writing the nokyo-sho in the venerable Temple, have been taken aback and polluted temple at was written. To write the nokyo-sho don't feel I'll have often served as is. But do not bother to make corner callers asked about the nokyo-sho. That the value of the place is due to the egocentric officer of some. Man stands alone in a world heritage site in chuson-ji Temple nokyo-sho write in such a thing is even more so it is. Of course staff is almost normal customer service and support to the people, but for some officials thoroughly we want. Do not feel like we have.
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  • 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.
  • Loved the wanko soba and the overall holiness of the place.
  • One of the best known temples in all of Iwate. Located in the town of Hiraizumi.

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