Chusonji has been open since the 3rd year of the Kashou Era (850A.D.). It has been registered as a World Heritage Site.
This temple was built to transmit the powerful wish to comfort the spirits of those killed in the Tohoku War, no matter which side they were on.
There are many buildings on the temple’s grounds. However, even out of all of them, the Konjiki-do (Golden Hall) holds particular beauty, with both the building and statues of Buddha within glittering gold. It is gaining much recognition as an exquisite work of art.
In addition, Buddha, who corrects people’s wrongdoings, is enshrined in the building Fudodo. The statue of Buddha in this hall may have a bit of a stern expression, but if you pray to it for things such as family safety, health, good grades, and safe travels, it is said that your wishes will be granted by divine favor.
There are also many other sights to see at Chusonji, such as the Main Hall, which has seen many events occur through the years, and the hill Tsukimizaka (Moon Viewing Slope) where two Japanese cedar trees that are over 300 years old still stand.
Basic information on Chusonji
- 202 Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate
- 10 minutes by car from the JR Tohoku Line Hiraizumi Station
- March 1st-November 3rd 8:30-17:00. November 4th-End of February 8:30-16:30.
- Open every day
- Adults 1200 yen. High school students 600 yen. Junior high students 400 yen. Elementary school students 300 yen.