Chuson-ji Temple, Hiraizumi-cho

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
See the only 12th-century structure to survive a turbulent Japanese history in its original form at Chuson-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site. Constructed in 1124, the mausoleum, or "Golden Hall", features gold-covered wood inlaid with nacre (mother-of-pearl) and contains the mummified remains of the leader of the Northern Fujiwara clan who ruled much of the northern Japan. Today the Tendai sect governs this Buddhist temple. Step inside to explore the masterfully designed interior, where intricate metalwork, gold and silver illustrations, and iridescent shells cover the pillars, beams, and diases. Find out how to plan Hiraizumi-cho trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • The Temple is made up of a few buildings, surrounded by forest. To reach the temple,one has to walk up a slope, which is equiped with rope and anti-slip feature. There is also a lookout pavilion...  more »
  • Plan on at least three hours to see the Chusonji temple complex and make sure you go into the museum as well as going into the Konjikido. The walk up to these two buidlings is through a beautiful...  more »
  • World heritage site, beautiful and historic. I went during the off season in the snow and there was literally no tourists. Write a wish on the wooden tiles and tie them to the shrine for good luck.
  • 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.
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