Chuson-ji Temple, Iwate
The Chuson-ji temple is the head temple of the northeast of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, and Jikaku Daishi founded it in 850.
In 2011, it was registered as a world’s cultural heritage of the UNESCO. Many tourists visit not only from the inside of Japan but from all over the world every day.
It was revived with the meaning which wishes the world of the peace of paradise to this ground at the beginning of the 12th century by the Oshu-Fujiwara clan, and memorial services were equally held for the lives of people who passed away in the battle. Including the Konjiki-do (golden hall), the showpiece of Heian Buddhism (a Buddhist sect established during the Heian period) of 3000 or more are charming people who visit.
The slope which continues from an entrance is Omote-sando of Chusonji (front approach), and is called Tsukimi Zaka (Moonlight Slope). The street lined with trees of the Japan cedar of approximately 400 years old follows both sides of the slope, and there is the faint fragrance of the cedar all over the area.
This is the front gate of Chuson-ji Hondo (main hall of a Buddhist temple) which is in a 560-m point from the entrance of Tsukimi Zaka. This front gate was built in the middle of the Edo period, and designated as the specification tangible cultural properties of Iwate Prefecture.
This is the main hall of a Buddhist temple of Chuson-ji. It is a place where various main ceremonies are held. The principal image is Joroku Shaka Nyorai (4.85 metre-high statue of Shakyamuni).
The Konjiki-do (golden hall) was built in 1126, and is the existing only foundation remains of the ancient structure.
There is the mi-do Hall (enshrinement hall) in the depths of the case, and all are covered with gold leaf, and the gorgeousness brilliancy is the best part. Also from that, you can imagine that the Oshu-Fujiwara clan was prosperous. The principal image is Mr. Amitabha Tathagata, and the attendant image of Buddhist statue are Kannon and Bodhisattva of wisdom, furthermore, it is surrounded by six Jizo Bosatsu (Jizo Bodhisattva), Jikokuten (White Guardian of the East), Zochoten (Virudhaka). The naijin (inner sanctuary of a shrine or temple), which made magnificence by lacqure craft works such as mother-of-pearl work or piece of lacquer and metal engraving, is said to be the highest peak of art of the Heian Buddhism.
|Address:||Hiraizumi 202 Nishiiwaigun Hiraizumicho, Iwate 029-4102 Japan|
|Access:||JR Senseki-sen Line “Matsushima-Kaigan-eki Station” (7 minutes walk)|
|Price:||Konjikidō・Sankōzō Museum・Sutra Repository・Former Konjikidō ShelterHall
800 yen (Adult)
500 yen (High School Students)
300 yen (Jr. High School Students)
200 yen (Elementary School Students)