Chouryuji is an ancient temple in Moriya city Ibaraki Prefecture, founded in 1590. The general Asano Nagamasa stayed at the temple during the conquest of the Odawara castle by Toyotomi Hidayoshi. The general consequently issued a decree, forbidding the soldiers from looting the temple, and thus protecting it.
The temple approach and the esplanade in front of the main hall are lined with ancient cedar trees that gave the temple great range of colors during the autumn.
The temple also has dramatically aged wooden gate and bell tower that give testimony of the temple long history.
The temple is a short walk from the Moriya station on the tsukuba express and is definitely worth of a visit if you are around the area.