Motsuji Temple

Sightseeing information about Motsuji Temple in Japan.

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Motsuji Temple was established in the year 850, together with nearby Chusonji Temple. As the northern branch of the Fujiwara clan flourished for a century, Motsuji also rose to prominence with over 40 temple buildings and 500 monk residences. By the 16th century, the original structure had been gone due to repeated fires, just as the haiku poet Basho, on his visit here in 1689, lamented with a poem - "All that remained from warriors' dream was summer grass".

Today, this place is known for the 12th-century 'Pure Land' gardens based on the Buddhist concept of the earthly paradise. The highlight is the beautiful scenery of the large pond surrounded by cedar and pine trees.

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5.09 months ago

Motsuujiteien for me is the most awe-inspiring rock garden temple. Winter time completely changes the place and makes a timeless masterpiece. Walking the entire path and visiting every temple along the way is a must. This is a hidden treasure, and my favorite temple in Japan.

4.010 months ago

There are old temples and beautiful garden. In forth Sunday of May, "Gokusui no En" is held at this temple. It reminds an events for old Japanese Nobility. There is nothing to shield the sun so that you need a blind or sunshade in summer.

5.011 months ago

Beautiful and serene place. The walk around the lake has been carefully created to reveal delights at each turn

5.05 months ago

One of the most famous temple in Tohoku area

5.0a year ago

There are two small temples here, but the original architecture has all been lost and all that is left is the Pure Land style garden around a large beautiful pond. It's serene and devoid of the commercialism of nearby Chusonji. You can feel the spiritual essence of the site even when there's no main thing to 'see' -- like the early Buddhist statues that represented the Buddha by just his footprints. If you're not familiar with the history, a guide could really help elucidate the meaning and significance of this sacred landscape.

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