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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4.03 weeks ago

Beautiful garden. The pond yield different scenery from all sides. Delightful.

5.02 months ago

A relatively small temple, but a UNESCO site and off the tourist trail somewhat. Pretty lake (I went in Winter when it was frozen over), but easy to see that it would be very pretty in summer and autumn. Well worth a visit

4.0a week ago

The temple is a notable site in Hiraizumi. It is famous for the gardens inside. Can be reached by bus or a 10-minute walk from Hiraizumi station.

5.06 months ago

You want to see maples trees? Yes, just come here. Temple is small but garden size is amazing.

5.04 months ago

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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