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.
Purposeelderly,surreal&cool,that you'll never forget,world heritage,nature,first time in Japan,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Sendai Airport (about 97.3km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.02 months ago
VERY steep slope starting, had us all out of breath, and our legs were burning... Great exercise though! The little golden Temple was very interesting, they built a building around it to protect it from the elements. Not as impressive as kinkakuji in Kyoto, but still nice to look at. The haiku stones along the path were also interesting! It's a lesser known Temple area, but still worth a visit.
4.0a month ago
The most memorable attraction is an impressive and ornate golden temple with very intricate embellishments. There is also a museum and some other structures. It is a steep walk uphill to get there, but not too strenuous
5.02 weeks ago
One of the stops for Shiji Kairo (4-temple primilige). A serene space with traditional architecture on a hill. May not be good for climbing if your health is not great, as it has a slope that can be pretty steep. Heels aren't advised at all.
5.0in the last week
This location is crammed full of Japanese history and the highlight is a gold covered Buddhist burial Pavilion known as Konjikido.
Quite hilly and good for a little exercise, but well worth it. Easily accessed from the Hiraizumi station via walking, or the roon roon city bus.
Check out Benkei and Yoshitsune in one of the small temples there called Benkeido
5.0a month ago
Must visit in Hiraizumi ! The temple is surrounded by so many tall trees and the temple looks very sacred.