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These are five UNESCO World heritage sites that are representing the Buddhist pure land, they originate from the 11th and 12th centuries. These spots were made in to world heritage sites in 2011, more spots are tried to be added on to the list but so far they have not been added in yet. The five sights that are on the list are: Chūson-ji Temple, Mōtsū-ji Temple, Kanjizaiō-in former temple sight, Muryōkō-in former Temple former temple sight and Mt. Kinkei.

Chuson-ji Temple

The Golden Hall (Konjiki-do) is a World Heritage site showing Buddhist culture in the Tohoku region.
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 800 JPY
Child: 200 JPY
High school students 500 yen
Middle school students 300 yen
Address Chūson-ji Temple, Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0191-46-2211
Website http://www.chusonji.or.jp/en/


Motsu-ji Temple

A beautiful World Heritage site. There is an elegant garden of the Heian aristocrats who lived in the Tohoku region
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 500 JPY
Child: 100 JPY
High school students 300 yen
Address Motsuji Osawa, Hiraizumi, Iwate See map
Telephone 0191-46-2331
Website http://www.motsuji.or.jp/english/index.php


Kanjizaiō-in Temple

A fully restored World Heritage site that expressed the world of the Pure Land
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Price FREE
Address 岩手県西磐井郡平泉町平泉志羅山 102 See map
Telephone 0191-46-4012
Website http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/heritage/index.html#about_kanji


Muryokoin Ruins

The remains of a glorious temple of the past related through a pond, embankments and foundation stones
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Price FREE
Address Iwate-ken, Nishiiwai-gun, Hiraizumi-chō, Hiraizumi, Hanadate 無量光院跡 See map
Telephone 0191-46-4012
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=5


Mt. Kinkei

A World Heritage mountain adorned in legends which include one where a golden rooster had been buried there to protect Hiraizumi
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Address 38.993435, 141.109142 See map
Telephone 0191-46-4012
Website http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/heritage/index.html


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