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Hiraizumi 
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Chusonji Temple

During the Heian Period, the Fujiwara were the most powerful clan in Japan. In 1105, Hiraizumi (平泉) was chosen as the seat of the "Northern branch" of the Fujiwara family. The city steadily grew in cultural sophistication and political power, so that it even came to rival Kyoto, the national capital.

In 1189, however, Hiraizumi was razed by Minamoto Yoritomo, the man who would soon after become Japan's first shogun. Yoritomo was looking for his brother and rival Yoshitsune, who was being given refuge by the local Fujiwara leader. The city never recovered its former prominence, but it still features some of the Tohoku Region's most precious historic and cultural properties.

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Attractions
 1  Chusonji Temple
Hiraizumi's most famous temple.
User rating: 84/100 (86 votes)
Visited by: 226 users
 2  Motsuji Temple
Temple famous for its Pure Land Garden.
User rating: 79/100 (47 votes)
Visited by: 119 users
 3  Geibikei Gorge
Spectacular gorge to be viewed from boat tours.
User rating: 87/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 27 users
 4  Takkoku no Iwaya
Temple constructed at the foot of a cliff.
User rating: 85/100 (19 votes)
Visited by: 50 users
 5  Takadachi Gikeido
Memorial dedicated to Minamoto Yoshitsune.
User rating: 74/100 (18 votes)
Visited by: 46 users
 

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English Links
Hiraizumi World Heritage Promotion
Official English website of the Hiraizumi World Heritage Promotion Office.

Japanese Links
Hiraizumi Town
Official town website.
Hiraizumi World Heritage Promotion
Official website of the Hiraizumi World Heritage Promotion Office.

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