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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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Reviews
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  • 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. 
  • This temple and its museum are a must visit to see and enjoy ancient Japanese culture. The inner section of the temple which is where the 1st lord was entombed, is completely covered in gold leaf and ...  more »
  • "Early summer rain falling or Amitabha" be found in Oku no hosomichi chūson-JI. Can finally visit the place I want to go again, I have the desire and evaluation of round five. Take in older children is a boring place, but the beauty of this area include gold body. Even the disaster "left off and Hall" was.
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  • 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.
  • Season of chuson-ji Temple in the tourist are very often. There are temples made of gold really is foreign people are incredulously, seem to worship. But hiraizumi would be hard pressed to secure accommodation, hotel was very little. But feel so now find topic of minpaku facilities now, "minpaku hiraizumi, and searched the Tablet came in handy. AIRBnB is especially popular with the cleanliness of the hotel from 3000 yen. Farm stay, pet friendly, so take a look once, perhaps.
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  • Far from Kansai is the second visit. I think that chuson-ji Temple is Golden Temple in hiraizumi highlights, here is a temple of chūson-JI. Praise avoirdupois collection you can see the treasures and the Golden Hall still here before (above) is located. Visits may be difficult the thighs come up mountain quite well so far, so bad. No, nothing to see here, so said first praise scale collection and Golden Hall, may return even better after.
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