World Heritage: Motsuji Temple3.9
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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5.0a month ago
You want to see maples trees? Yes, just come here. Temple is small but garden size is amazing.
4.0a week ago
Historic temple with a very nice and big garden.
5.0a month ago
Magical place. A classic Japanese garden.
5.011 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.
4.0a year 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.