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
A very beautiful and scenic Buddhist temple that is designated as an UNESCO cultural/heritage site. There is a also a very large garden with a footpath that accompanies the temple and its buildings, which are placed around a scenic lake. The walk around the lake offers very different views depending on where you are on the path. You can see sites of where temples used to stand (some were burnt down in wars, etc.) as well as the ones that still remain to this day. During the walk around the lake on the footpath, there is a large bell in a belfry, a gentle stream that empties into the lake, as well as a set of strategically-placed rocks and stones made to resemble a landscape. Most definitely worth the entrance fee. Very highly recommended!
4.02 months ago
Beautiful garden. The pond yield different scenery from all sides. Delightful.
5.04 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 month 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.
5.03 weeks ago
The heart of the Japanese Bakufu creation story, and where the Kamakura shogunate all was made possible. A short distance away you can see the Northern most Buddha's face carved into the side of a mountain, and also visit the final location for Minamoto no Yoshitsune's last stand with his faithful partner Benkei at a mountain lair overlooking the Koromogawa river valley. This place is dripping with tragic history, blood and betrayal. At Motsuji you can read Nitobe Inazo's translation of Basho's ode to Kurou Yoshitsune:
The Summer grass
'Tis all that is left
Of warriors dreams
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