Motsuji Temple is a designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site along with nearby Chusonji Temple in Hiraizumi. The beautiful Japanese garden and ancient religious buildings are officially recognised both as a historic site and as a place of exceptional scenic beauty.
The priest Ennin originally founded the temple and the construction of the temple complex was done during the 2nd and 3rd generations of Oshu Fujiwara clan.
The beautiful Japanese garden representing Buddha’s Paradise is breath-taking. Visitors can enjoy the Pure Land Garden, a popular garden style of the Heian period with its unique landscape design techniques, surrounding the central Oizumi-ga-ike pond.
The peaceful garden fascinates visitors with its beautiful seasonal flowers and is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Many people come here during the Iris Festival in early summer and the “Hagi” Japanese Bush Clover Festival in early autumn. For those wanting a deeper Buddhist experience, the temple offers Zen meditation sessions and Buddhist sutra transcription courses introducing participants to Japanese Buddhism.
Thanks to the flat nature of the location the temple is easily accessible. Lifts and accessible toilets are available in the temple buildings for the seniors and families with children.
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Adults: 700 yen
High school students: 400 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 200 yen
- Opening Times
- 8:30-17:00 (8:30-16:30 from November 5 to March 4)
- 7 minutes on foot from Hiraizumi Station on JR Tohoku Main Line to Motsuji Temple
10 minutes by car from Hiraizumi-Maesawa IC on Tohoku Expressway
- Car Park
- Parking: 330 spaces available (Municipal Car Park)
(61-2 Aza Osawa, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho)
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