Moutsuu-ji Temple, Hiraizumi-cho

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Once a huge temple complex and an important spiritual center for Tendai Buddhism, UNESCO-protected Moutsuu-ji Temple nowadays features restored buildings and an extraordinary 12th-century garden centered around a large pond. Established in 850 AD and based on the legend of a white stag, the temple complex reached its peak in the 12th century. Visitors can follow numerous informative signposts in English, imagining the past grandeur of this holy site. To visit Moutsuu-ji Temple on your trip to Hiraizumi-cho, use our Hiraizumi-cho itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Visit 8/14/2017. It was raining. Is quite good, in a beautiful garden and looks like ❗ pictures I forgot.
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  • August 15, 2017
    There are nice Japan garden saying hiraizumi chūson-JI is also very tastefully. Even in the rain the atmosphere. Many destroyed by wildfire, but look carefully at the traces of their buildings. To walk alone, and surrounded by Cedar, is feeling good.
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  • August 13, 2017
    In front of the main gate large public parking lot. 300 yen for chūson-JI parking lot 400 Yen ¥ 100 discount will be. Now with support absolutely free parking and you want people who left the narrow streets. To the right there was parking for 5 to 6 minutes.
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  • December 30, 2016
    There are two small temples here, but the original architecture has all been lost and all that is left is the Pure Land style garden around a large beautiful pond. It's serene and devoid of the commercialism of nearby Chusonji. You can feel the spiritual essence of the site even when there's no main thing to 'see' -- like the early Buddhist statues that represented the Buddha by just his footprints. If you're not familiar with the history, a guide could really help elucidate the meaning and significance of this sacred landscape.
  • January 1, 2017
    Cool temple without visitors in winter. Kind of peaceful atmosphere.
  • January 14, 2016
    Beautiful temple! There were a lot of people there because of New Year's, but it was still very fun. The frozen pond was breathtaking.
  • June 20, 2017
    Great place to visit
  • June 18, 2015
    The Temple, surrounding landscape and garden streams are beautiful!! We were fortunate to be there while the irises were in bloom. A sublime spectacle.

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