October 16,2016

Q: Motsuji Temple is famous for its huge garden centered on a large pond in the style of pure land gardens. What is so special about these nature landscapes within the temple?

This is a fantastic destination for a history buff and appreciators of stunning architecture and landscape. Motsuji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple located in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture. It was granted the UNESCO World Heritage site status in 2011. Motsuji Temple is famous for the “Pure Land Garden” that contains the ruins of two older temples, known as Enryuji and Kashoji that is dated back to the 12th century. Enryuji and Kashoji were both destroyed by fire in Year 1226. Motsuji Temple is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of the “Historic Monuments and Sites of the Hiraizumi” listing. The serenity of the temples and gardens stands in poignant contrast with the deep wounds of a region which was hard hit by the previous earthquake. The site has maintained its tranquility through the disaster as well as history, making it a destination worth your time.

JNTO related URL: https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/spot/shritemp/motsuji.html


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      58 Hiraizumi Osawa, Hiraizumi, Nishiiwai District, Iwate Prefecture 029-4102, Japan

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