The Chusonji temple is the head temple of the Buddhist Tendai sect in the Tohoku region. It is located on top of the Kansan hill in Hiraizumi. It was founded by Jikaku Daishi in 850.
Many of its treasures were destroyed in a fire in 1337. Fortunately, more than 3,000 National Treasures and important cultural properties have survived. These include the Konjikiddo golden hall which was the first structure to be labelled a Japanese National Treasure.
The Konjikido golden hall is dedicated to Amida Nyorai (the Buddha of Infinite Light) and its walls are covered in gold leaves both inside and outside. Hiraizumi’s Cultural Heritage, which includes Chusonji temple, was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2011.