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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5.0a week ago
Really beautiful area. I would recommend going early in the morning when there’s less people. Most of the area is free. The museum and paid area is 100% worth going to though. That area is 800¥, pricey but worth it.
5.02 months ago
Absolutely beautiful temple. The walk there was through this great forest of huge trees. Feels like a nature retreat with the calming Buddhist structures
4.02 months ago
A popular temple, relatively busy compared with other temples or shrines. Photo taking is allowed. Must see the gold buddha statue.
4.03 weeks ago
Worth to visit!
It is actually walkable distance from the Hiraizumi station.
The best season could be the Autumn, but early Summer is also a good choice.
This place is full with historical attractions, but if you have limited time, visit this place and Motsuji-temple should be good enough.
Nothing special for lunch, probably you want to have lunch when back to Sendai or Ichinoseki.
5.02 months ago
Beautiful place for traveler such a kind bunch of people who care for the grounds .