Motsu-ji Temple, Hiraizumi-cho

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Historic Site · Religious Site
Once a huge temple complex and an important spiritual center for Tendai Buddhism, UNESCO-protected Motsu-ji Temple nowadays features restored buildings and an extraordinary 12th-century garden centered around a large pond. Established in 850 AD and based on the legend of a white stag, the temple complex reached its peak in the 12th century. Visitors can follow numerous informative signposts in English, imagining the past grandeur of this holy site. Plan to visit Motsu-ji Temple during your Hiraizumi-cho vacation using our convenient Hiraizumi-cho trip planning app.
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  • I went from Sendai as a day trip and took the run run loop bus. There is a big pond and what makes this garden stands out is a stream which feeds the pond. There are rocks and plants strategically.....  more »
  • Motsu-ji is a temple with a Pure Land Garden, which is said to represent the world of Buddha on earth. It is near Hiraizumi station and takes 7 minutes on foot. The entrance fee is 500 yen per...  more »
  • You want to see maples trees? Yes, just come here. Temple is small but garden size is amazing.
  • This temple is an absolute must when visiting Japan. Check out its history using the DK Eyewitness Travel book on Japan for details.
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