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Chūson-ji

Established in AD 850 by the priest Ennin, the Chūson-ji complex was expanded by the Ōshu Fujiwara family in the 12th century. A total of three hundred buildings with 40 temples were constructed. Ironically, the fam…
Buddhist Temple in Hiraizumi

Konjiki-dō

Gilded and gleaming up to its eaves, with elaborate lacquerwork and mother-of-pearl inlay throughout, the Konjiki-dō, in the Chuson-ji complex, was at the cutting edge of Heian-era artistry when it was created in 11…
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Mōtsū-ji

Established by the priest Ennin in AD 850 at the same time as Chūson-ji, Mōtsū-ji was once Tōhoku’s largest and grandest temple complex. The buildings are all long gone, but the enigmatic 12th-century ‘Pure Land’ ga…
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Kanzan-tei

On top of the hill within the Chūson-ji complex, this glass-walled restaurant has lovely views of the surrounding countryside and is the perfect place to rest your temple-weary legs. Hot and cold soba dishes hit the…
Buddhist Temple in Hiraizumi

Kyōzō

One of only two original constructions remaining on the Chūson-ji site, this understated building guarded by Kishi Monju Bosatsu and Four Attendants formerly stored sacred sutras and artefacts.
Soba in Hiraizumi

Sobadokoro Yoshiie

On the way back down the hill from Chūson-ji, this small tourist-friendly restaurant dishes up wanko-soba (わんこそば; buckwheat noodles) by the mini-bowlful. Rural Japanese fast food at its finest.
Museum in Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center

This modest, friendly museum charts Hiraizumi's rise and fall through visual displays and artefacts, with English explanations throughout.