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Chuson-ji Temple

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Chuson-ji Temple

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202 Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun 029-4102 Iwate Prefecture
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Hiraizumi & Ichinoseki 1 day Private taxi plan
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Hiraizumi & Ichinoseki 1 day Private taxi plan

Visit the major tourist destinations of Chusonji Temple and Geibikei in Ichinoseki/Hiraizumi area in one day. You will be taken in a private taxi to each of the destinations. You can also enjoy a traditional meal of the area and taste test two of the locally brewed beers.<br>As there is no guide, please explore each destination at your leisure, but be sure to return to the taxi at the specified times.
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ZhaoXiuMei wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore4,955 contributions235 helpful votes
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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 midway to the temple. The place is peaceful and serene.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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John wrote a review Oct 2019
Leavenworth, Kansas1,198 contributions157 helpful votes
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 park ascending to the buildings through a cyprus and maple forest. In November the maples are a brilliant panoply of reds yellows and oranges. If you are old like me, you may find yourself winded and you may stop a few times along the way. There are eating places and tasteful souvenir shops as you ascend. Visited 26 November 2018.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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MarkKwok wrote a review Sep 2019
Vancouver129 contributions80 helpful votes
I went as a day trip from Sendai. There is a steep hill to climb to get to the grounds. There is an entrance fee of 800 yen to Konjikido (a hall covered in gold) and the Treasure Hall. I wasn't too impressed with either.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Vadim wrote a review May 2019
Murmansk, Russia17,558 contributions2,051 helpful votes
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Chuson-ji is a most important site among UNESCO`s "Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi". I think it is better to go to Chuson-ji on foot. It took 30 minutes. It will be picturesque route. Beautiful 300-year-old cryptomeria trees meet you on your way to the temple. The temple itself built upon a 130m hill in the middle of deep forest. The history of the temple is old: it had been established by Buddhist abbot Ennin in 850 before further construction was initiated in 1105 by the first of the Northern Fujiwara clan, Kiyohira, which began an age of prosperity for the temple. However, due to the ravages of war, the Northern Fujiwaras collapsed in 1189 and the now-unprotected temple went into decline with a further tragedy occurring in 1337 when many of the temple buildings were burned down due to a fire. But some of the cultural heritage of the temple managed to survive the fire including the No.1 National Treasure of the Golden Hall. It is further than the Main hall, but we started acquaintance with it. In reverse order. It's forbidden to take pictures, but not everyone observes it. Konjikidō, or Golden Hall is a spectacular mausoleum built from wood and covered in golden leaf. Symbolic meaning is amplified for the Japanese the fact that the representatives of 4 generations of the Fujiwara clan are buried here. Around the corner as you leave Konjikidō, you’ll come across the only other original surviving structure at this complex: the Sutra Repository. The statue of Matsuo Basho, a classic of haiku, will meet along the way. Hakusan Shrine Noh Stage is situated further, close to Golden Hall. It was built in the Edo Era. This stage is used sometimes now. Hakusan sanctuary is the final point of our journey and we need to return to the Main hall. Currently, centering upon the Hondo Main Hall where the memorial services, ceremonies and events are held, numerous cultural assets are preserved The building dates originally from the Heian Period though the present building was re-constructed in 1909. The Main Hall contains an image of the Amida Buddha. Of course, you can choose to visit Hondō first,
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Date of experience: July 2018
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maritora wrote a review Apr 2019
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan4,323 contributions143 helpful votes
Hiraizumi is a town where Kiyohira Fujiwara, who experienced the hardships of war, had developed. When he was young, he experienced a fight between relatives. His wife and son were killed by his brother at the time. After he finished all the battle, He wanted to see the world of Buddha so he built many Buddhist temples in the town. The monks he invited to build the Buddhist temples brought a lot of knowledge so that Hiraizumi could develop it better. The most famous temple is not the main one, Chuson-ji. It is called Konjikido (the Golden Hall). Now it is covered by another building for protection. I don't have any photos because taking photos is prohibited so I put some here from a brochure. Gold leaves envelope the wall and the roof. From the decoration, I felt not only the beauty but also his loneliness and the kind of prayers that he wanted for the pure and peaceful land. The entrance fee is 800 yen per person. It is far from the station and takes 25 minutes on foot. There is a free round-trip bus called "Junkai Bus Runrun", that's convenient to use. The temple provides English and o Spanish voice guides.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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