Chusonji Temple, which is located in Northern part of Japan, was registered in the U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage List in 2011. You can go to the temple as one-day trip, let's go to see the Golden Hall if you have JR Pass.
You can see the Golden Hall and many kinds of golden Buddha statues at one time. (This photo is from a flier since you cannot take photos in this hall.)
Once you get to Hiraizumi station, take bus or walk to the Chusonji Temple. It takes about 5 minutes by bus, and 20 minutes on foot up to the entrance of Chusonji precinct. The temple and golden hall are in the mountain, so you have to climb up another 10 minutes, go for it.
This is the main hall of Chusonji Temple, the center for services and rituals. Chusonji Temple was constructed in 12th century, after two wars were fought in Tohoku. The first Fujiwara lord, Kiyohira lost his families at the war. Then, he ordered to build this temple and offered a pledge before Buddha to console the spirits of the dead for not only for his families, but also for all his friends and also foes, humans and even animals.
And this is the main event, do not miss this Golden Hall, Konjikido. This building is remained from Fujiwara-era. The hall was completed in 1124. The image of Buddha, surrounded statues and the magnificent decorations are meant to represent his Pure Land western paradise. The inlay work of iridescent shells, the Southeast Asian rosewood and African ivory show the extensive trade network at that time. The mummified remains of four generations of Fujiwara lords rest in peace under.
Inside of this hall is all gold!
In Chusonji Temple's precinct, there are many other halls and shrines, too.