Chuson-ji Temple, Hiraizumi-cho

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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... 
    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... 
    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 »
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  • Absolutely beautiful temple. The walk there was through this great forest of huge trees. Feels like a nature retreat with the calming Buddhist structures
  • Quite a nice small trek to the temple. I think the walk to the temple is more enjoyable than the destination. In winter the snow is very slippery so you need snow boots. They offer ropes to tie to your shoes for grip. The road up initially is VERY slippery.

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