Golden national treasure recognized as world cultural heritage

Iwate Prefecture is located in the northeast of Honshu. Hiraizumi, found in the southwest of Iwate, was an area that flourished during the late Heian Period, from 794 A.D. to 1185 A.D. The area is home to many temples and ruins from that era.

Recognized as a world cultural heritage site in 2011, the temple Chusonji is most famous for its Golden Hall. True to its name, the hall is richly adorned in gilded gold. Konjikido, as the hall is known in Japanese, is said to have been designed in the expression of paradise. It is thus adorned in glittering gold.

How to get there

25 minute walk from JR Hiraizumi Station

Hours: 8:30-17:00 March 1 through November 3, 8:30-16:30 November 4 through end of February
Holidays: Open year-round

Admission: Adults ¥800, High School students ¥500, Junior High School students ¥300, Primary School ¥200 *Discounts available for groups of more than 30 persons.

Address: 202 Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate Prefecture

Airport: Sendai Airport

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