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Chuson-ji Temple, Hiraizumi-cho

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Religious Site
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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  • The main attraction, the Golden Hall (konjikidou), is visually impressive despite its age. However, the high price just to look at it (800yen!) may be a little off-putting. You will have to walk up a ...  more »
  • Chusonji(中尊寺 ) was a temple complex conprising many halls and buildings including the Main Hall (Hondo本堂) and the famous Golden Hall (Konijido 金色堂). The temple was said to exist in the year of 850, bu...  more »
  • It could be fun to see these historical temples if we hadn't traveled much in Japan. They looked similar as other temples in Japan with more expensive tickets.  more »
  • 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.
  • Very nice Tempel. Totally recommended.