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Chuson-ji Temple

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Address: 202 Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Nishiiwai-gun, Hiraizumi-cho 029-4102, Iwate Prefecture
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+81 191-46-2211
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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The one to visit in Hiraizumi

The main attraction, the Golden Hall (konjikidou), is visually impressive despite its age. However, the high price just to look at it (800yen!) may be a little off-putting... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

The main attraction, the Golden Hall (konjikidou), is visually impressive despite its age. However, the high price just to look at it (800yen!) may be a little off-putting. You will have to walk up a steep slope to get to the actual temple, but do take your time to look at the other buildings in the temple grounds as you... More 

Thank RolleingStone
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Chusonji(中尊寺 ) was a temple complex conprising many halls and buildings including the Main Hall (Hondo本堂) and the famous Golden Hall (Konijido 金色堂). The temple was said to exist in the year of 850, but more likely was built in 1095. Whatever, there’s at least a 900 years’ history. Chusonji Temple was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The... More 

Thank Chuang004
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Reviewed 2 December 2016

It could be fun to see these historical temples if we hadn't traveled much in Japan. They looked similar as other temples in Japan with more expensive tickets.

3 Thank EvY03tw
Parksville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This temple and its museum are a must visit to see and enjoy ancient Japanese culture. The inner section of the temple which is where the 1st lord was entombed, is completely covered in gold leaf and intricate carvings. Too beautiful and intricate to describe in a few words. The grounds are also a beautiful walk.

Thank Bomani
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice architecture. The full area is also beautiful by itself. You can enjoy walking around the parks and watching the temples. It's sad that no photographs of the golden temple are allowed because I can't share. But you can find some in the official pages.

Thank Ezequiel C
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Get your mind refreshed by the fresh air and the serenity of the neighboring bamboo forest and Japanese style pond. Visit the museum and don't forget to pass by the golden statue in the temple.

Thank Lantovololona F
Tokyo, Japan
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

serene location with very beautiful architecture. You actually get to see a house full of real gold! real Gold. I definitely recommend this

Thank Mildred A
Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

This temple was built over a thousand year ago. Only because of that, you should visit this place. It was built at a time when we did not have any power tools. The truth is, electricity wasn't even invented for nearly another 800 years or so! Then you think about the remote location of this place and realise how tough... More 

Thank hmmhasankhan
Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Ancient temple from 800-900 years ago. Worthwhile to visit. The atmosphere is gorgeous. It was registered as national treasure and world heritage site.

Thank Jatuwat
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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The ancient temple in Fujiwara period...The natural treasure is Chuson-ji Sutras with alternating line in silver and gold. Very shining and dedicated. Moreover, the main hall(Hondo) is principal image for four generation of Fujiwara clan family. The surrounded garden is nice too. Good combination of Preserved Ancient temple and autumn-leave garden.

Thank Sansara C

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