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Motsuji Temple

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Temple with quiet time

Motsu-ji is a temple with a Pure Land Garden, which is said to represent the world of Buddha on... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2019
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
No zazen for less than 10 people

Contrary to the website, there is no zazen for less than 10 people and a reservation must be... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2019
Daniel H
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Special Historical Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty The garden represents the Pure Land Buddhist world and beauty of Japan. The temple garden of Motsu-ji has been doubly recognized as a Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic...more
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58 Hiraizumi Osawa, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun 029-4102, Iwate Prefecture
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Reviewed April 11, 2019

Motsu-ji is a temple with a Pure Land Garden, which is said to represent the world of Buddha on earth. It is near Hiraizumi station and takes 7 minutes on foot. The entrance fee is 500 yen per person. As soon as you enter the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

Contrary to the website, there is no zazen for less than 10 people and a reservation must be made. Otherwise beautiful temple grounds. My 5 mb photos are too big to submit!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Daniel H
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Nice historical site with beautiful landscape. Majority of the main buildings were distroyed, can see only ruins. There is small museum explain about the history of this place. Nearby there is huge park, which is free and very nice landscape and big pond.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

Japanese historical sites are many layered with religious influence and political conflict reflected in the history of Temple areas such as these. Different sects of Buddhist beliefs were never far from the intrigue that marked centuries of complex, sometimes adversarial relationships, between the Shogunates and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

This temple park place was very interesting. They had a lot of locations of what was once there. LIke a temple, or a castle, or a river, etc. The park was beautiful and can easily be done in an hour. It was hot when we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank J H
Reviewed May 13, 2018

Enjoy the relaxing walk around the beautiful lake, with lots of seasonal flowers and trees. There are several temples left as well, although most were burned down. For more, check hiddenjapanguide.com

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

The garden is beautifully designed and maintained. It was very refreshing to take a stroll along the tranquil pond and enjoy the new green of the spring.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2017

One of the best temples i visited and i think it's the biggest temple in Iwate perfecture. There is a Budha status classified as the second best national treasure and it's one of the world international treasures too. There is a very rich museum there...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed May 30, 2017

Before going to the town of Hiraizumi, we had no knowledge about this Motsu-ji Temple. When we visited the Chuson-ji Temple to see the Konjiki-do Hall, we were suggested to also visit this temple and that’s how we learned about it. It was something like...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed February 17, 2017

The actual temple was alright in itself. Has some exhibits in its small museum. The temple grounds is worth a walk though.

Date of experience: June 2016
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