Chusonji Temple Konjikido (Golden Hall) [Photo provided by: Chuson-ji Temple]
In its heyday, there were as many as 40 pagodas and halls. This temple is a symbol of the regional capital Hiraizumi, which reigned over Tohoku. The extravagant Golden Hall, wrapped entirely in gold, embodies an ideal world and has become a national treasure.
Hiraizumi Chusonji Temple Shin-Ooido [Photo provided by: Chuson-ji Temple]
This is the heart of the big city that once dominated the Tohoku area. With the desire to "treat everything that lives equally", it is the ideal village of aristocrats, made over 900 years ago. Temples and gardens, which had developed in their own, though all based on Buddhism, have been preserved.
This is a temple that constitutes the world heritage site of Hiraizumi and the autumn colors are at their best from late October to mid-November. The atmosphere in the garden, colored with tasteful clear red autumn leaves, is even more appealing.
Hatto-jiru containing wheat flour kneaded and left to rise and stretch, together with seasonal vegetables is also eaten as a fair weather meal in Hiraizumi Town.