World Heritage: Chusonji Temple4.7
Chusonji is about 30 min walk from Hiraizumi station, reached through a pleasant path lined with cedar trees. The main attraction is the wooden Golden Hall built in 1124 that is covered all over in gold leaf. Inside are numerous bronze statues also covered in gold.
For a century, the northern branch of the Fujiwara clan came to prominence using their gold-mining wealth, and Hiraizumi's splendor once rivaled that of Kyoto. There used to be a total of 300 buildings with 40 temples, but feudal strife and massive fires in the 13-14th centuries destroyed nearly everything so that now only two buildings from that era remain intact.
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