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Chusonji temple

Chusonji templeAround Chusonji map Chusonji ("Chuusonji" in Japanese sound) is a Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi town, and is located about 8 km north of Ichinoseki city in the southernmost part of Iwate Prefecture.

It is the head temple of the Tendai sect in Tohoku District.
Kiyohira Fujiwara, the first lord of Fujiwara clan, started building this temple in 1105, then it was completed finally in 1126.
On the way, the famous "Konjikido" was completed in 1124.

In 1337, big fire occured in this temple, so all buildings except Konjikido were burned down.
After that, the temple was rebuilt by Date clan in the 17th century.
The main hall was rebuilt again in 1909, and Konjikido also overhauled in 1962.
When the overhaul, seeds of lotus were found in the coffin of Yasuhira Fujiwara, the 4th lord, then the flower came into bloom in 1998. It has been named "Chusonji lotus".

This temple is on a hill located about 2 km northwest of JR Hiraizumi station.
After we walk along the sloping approach named "Tsukimi-zaka", we reach the temple grounds which have many buildings dotting a forest.

Chusonji was registered as a World Heritage Site "Hiraizumi" in 2011.

Chusonji official website


KonjikidoIt is one of buildings in Chusonji temple, and is most famous building.
"Konjikido" means "Golden temple", as its name suggests, the whole surface of the temple is covered with gold leaf.
It was built in 1124 by Kiyohira Fujiwara. For keeping the brightness, a covering construction over the temple are built in 1288. Still we can see the target temple after entering into the construction.
There are three Buddhist altars in Konjikido. On them, many Buddha statues are put, and under each altar, there are three coffins which are Kiyohira's (the 1st lord), Motohira's (the 2nd) and Hidehira's (the 3rd).

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How to get to here

By railroad

  1. By Tohoku Shinkansen, get off at Ichinoseki station.
  2. Change local train to go for Morioka on JR Tohoku Line. Then get off at Hiraizumi station. About 9 minutes from Ichinoseki.
  3. It takes about 25 minutes from Hiraizumi station to Tsukimi-zaka on foot.

By car

Get off at Hiraizumi-Maesawa Exit on Tohoku Expressway. From there, about 3 km.

Tsukimi-zaka, Aproach to Chusonji
Photo by Nihonrettou-Okunijiman
Main hall in Chusonji
Photo by Nihonrettou-Okunijiman
The image of Konjikido

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