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
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5.0a month ago
Beautiful and tranquil. The walk up through the woods is lovely, the golden temple stunning when you get to in and well worth the admission fee. We have learned that we much prefer the quieter out of the way temples to the more famous ones.
5.0in the last week
It is a long way from the entrance of bus stops and parking lots to Chusonji Konjikido and takes at least 20 minutes to get there. I don't recommend you to move with pumps or sandals because the slope in the precincts is steep and your precious shoes may get dirty in the unpaved approach.
It's a place of great historical, architectural and religious significance. Please visit.
5.0a week ago
The design is pretty amazing. There is a golden buddha inside. To get here you need to walk up hill. Although not too steep, but a pretty decend journey. There is no entrance fee. There is a famous golden hall which is a walking distance from this place (you cant take pictures inside there and there is an entrance fee).
4.03 weeks ago
1.6km from Hiraizumi station.
The entrance of Chūson-ji is a really steep slope.
There is a lot of small temples to see.
The main attraction Konjikido is really impressive. You can't take picture inside.
4.04 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.