Built in the style typical of the Hiraizumi culture that began to flourish around the middle of the 9th century, Chuson-ji is ranked as one of the most important Buddhist temples in Japan. This was a period when Hiraizumi served as a sort of northern capital of Japan and prospered even more than Kyoto, and this temple was the focus of the city. A glorious culture using gold and silver flourished during this period, and was known as the Golden Culture of Hiraizumi, symbolizing the power of the Fujiwara clan who dominated Japan at the time. A treasure hall known as the Sankon-zo houses a collection of more than 3,000 National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. The Konjiki-do, a hall covered in gold and silver, enshrines the mummified remains of the chiefs of the Fujiwara clan from each generation.
Address: 202 Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishi-Iwai-gun, Iwate
Admission Fee: 800 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Bus]JR Hiraizumi Station/Bus/4 min./Chuson-ji Bus Stop/On foot/10 min.