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Comfort Hotel Kitakami

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1-2-1 Kawagishi, Kitakami, JP, 024-0032

  • Phone: (81) 197 62 0711
  • Fax: (81) 197 62 0712
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»Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land

Established around 1087 by Fujiwara no Kiyohira, Hiraizumi lay at the center of the ill-fated Nothern Fujiwara dynasty's political, commercial and religious aspirations until 1189 when it was largely destroyed at the behest of Minamoto no Yoritomo. Inspired by the doctrines of Pure Land Buddhism and the native Japanese culture, a series of lavish temples and spectacular gardens were created as earthly embodiments of paradise and are a testament to the vast riches possessed by the dynasty during its heyday. Blending together temples gilded in gold and silver, tranquil ponds and lush gardens, the monuments of Hiraizumi once formed a picture of transcendent beauty and paradisical splendour. Although the city was once replete with these glorious monuments, many were ravaged by fires and the tragic loss of their benefactors. Today, the temples of Chūson-ji, Mōtsū-ji, Kanjizaiō-in Ato and Muryōkō-in Ato alongside Mount Kinkeisan have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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