Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land comprises five sites, including the sacred Mount Kinkeisan. It features vestiges of government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries when Hiraizumi was the administrative centre of the northern realm of Japan and rivalled Kyoto. The realm was based on the cosmology of Pure Land Buddhism, which spread to Japan in the 8th century. It represented the pure land of Buddha that people aspire to after death, as well as peace of mind in this life. In combination with indigenous Japanese nature worship and Shintoism, Pure Land Buddhism developed a concept of planning and garden design that was unique to Japan.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

5 sites in this World Heritage

  • Chûson-ji
  • Môtsû-ji
  • Kanjizaiô-in Ato
  • Muryôkô-in Ato
  • Mt Kinkeisan

Chûson-ji

Môtsû-ji

Kanjizaiô-in Ato

Muryôkô-in Ato

Mt Kinkeisan

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Japan 
Category
Cultural
Name
Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(vi)
Year of Registered
2011
Keyword
Archaeological Remains, Buddhism, Garden, Registered in 2011, Religious Sites, Temple