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.
5.0in the last week
We arrived to this place unfortunately on a rainy day in October. The uphill trek was not only was muddy but also slippery. Ropes were installed for trekkers to hold on to. Sacks of soil were placed for sturdy steps. At the end of the long trek is a temple. It's a nice place to prayer. Otherwise there is really nothing much to see.
4.0a month ago
An enjoyable place to spend a day. There is much to see and photograph. Highly recommend seeing the place with a guide to fully appreciate the places you are visiting otherwise you will miss most of the historical aspects.
5.0a month ago
Very famous place to see maples trees. Too many people there so parking can be a little bit pain...
5.010 months 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).
5.09 months ago
World Heritage. Historic temple. Take off your shoes and enter it, then feel the atmosphere of the religion.