The Chusonji Temple & Three Major Cherry Blossoms.
My wife and I took a two day trip to North-East region of Japan for our spring vacation.
We visited the World Heritage site of Cusonji Temple and three major cherry blossom locations.
We took the “Shinkansen”* bullet train from Omiya station to Sendai, only a couple of hours trip.
＊The longest of the Japan Railway East Shinkansen lines, the Thohoku Shinkansen went into service in 1982. In December 2010, the Tohoku Shinkansen Line opened, extending service to Shin-Aomori Station in March 2012.
Our trip was planned to visit the World Heritage site of Chusonji Temple and three major cherry blossom locations, Hirosaki in Aomori prefecture, Kakunodate in Akita prefecture, and Kitakami-Kenshochi in Iwate prefecture.
We visited Chusonji Temple first. In June 2011, Chusonji Temple was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of the “Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi”.
The “Konjikido” is one of the most beautiful and elaborately cecorated buuldings in the world. It is made of wood entirely covered with gold leafand decorated with imported mother of pearl.
We left the sites of Buddhist Pure Land and took a road to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture.
These are the three major cherry blossom locations in Tohoku region.
We made this trip in two days. Usually it takes three days. It was a rushed trip, however we had a great spring moment, enjoying peaceful time in Chosonji Temple and the beautiful Japanese national flower cherry blossoms.
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