Motsuji Temple

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The ashes of history's ancient Motsuji Temple still rests upon the town of Hiraizumi. Located in Iwate prefecture, the ruins of Japan's world heritage sites still fills visitors with a tranquil peace as they stroll through the scenic beauty of its pure land gardens.

Overview

Address

Osawa-58 Hiraizumi, Nishiiwai District, Iwate 029-4102 (Map) (Directions)

Hours

8:30 - 16:30 Closed

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 16:30
Thursday 8:30 - 16:30
Friday 8:30 - 16:30
Saturday 8:30 - 16:30
Sunday 8:30 - 16:30
Holidays 8:30 - 16:30

Price

¥500

Phone Number

0191-46-2331

Website

motsuji.or.jp

Highlights

Temple Garden

The garden is best enjoyed through a leisurely walk along the stone path that crests the edge of the pond. 500 meters in length and surrounded by seasonal flowers, a stroll of the entire park will take you less than an hour.

Photo: elminium / CC BY 2.0

Hondo

The principal hall that acts as the centre point of current day Motsuji Temple. Within the hall stands a statue of Yakushi, the healing Buddha that acts as a focal point of worship. Yakushi is said to respond to prays for good health or those wishing for a swift recovery from disease or illness.

Omikuji (paper fortune-telling) can also be found at the front of the Hondo. If you pay attention to locals or those well informed attending this temple, you will find that the traditional "2 hand claps" before praying isn't performed here. Instead, you will find those offering their prayers silently, with their hands pressed together in worship.

Photo: Takahashi J / CC BY-SA 3.0

A treasure house or Cultural Assets Repository

A building that has on display some of Motsuji's historical and cultural artefacts. Twelfth-century Motsuji artefacts used in the "Ennen No Mai" longevity ritual such as costumes, written works, historic records and even Buddhist statues can all be found here.

The Kaisando

A building in honour of the third head of the Tendai sect and the three Fujiwara lords who ruled over Hiraizumi. This hall commemorates Ennin (Jikaku Daishi), third head abbot of the Tendai sect, said to have been the one who founded Motsuji. Inside you can find a statue of the Dainichi Buddha and a painting of the three Hiraizumi Fujiwara lords, Kiyohira, Motohira, and Hidehira.

Photo: Ymblanter / CC BY-SA 4.0

Amenities

  • Barrier-free access
  • Free guides/pamphlets
  • Wheelchair rental
  • Paid Parking

Access

Motsuji is a 3-minute ride from JR Hiraizumi Station by the Hiraizumi Loop Bus or a 7-minute walk.

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