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Mt Kinkei
Mt Kinkei Mt. Kinkeisan (Historic Site)(Hiraizumi Town)

 Located between Chuson-ji and Motsu-ji, Mt. Kinkeisan is famously said to have a golden chicken and rooster pair buried at its peak as protectors of the city. This has not been substantiated, but Hiraizumi was defended by sutras buried at Kinkei’s sacred peak by each generation of the Oshu Fujiwara clan. When the famous haiku master Matsuo Basho visited Hiraizumi, he observed sadly that, “only Mt. Kinkeisan retains its form.” Near Mt. Kinkeisan’s trailhead is a five-tiered stupa said to mark the grave of Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s wife and children, who perished with the fugitive hero in Hiraizumi.
   
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