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former temple city grounds, now a beautiful garden

Enjoy the relaxing walk around the beautiful lake, with lots of seasonal flowers and trees. There... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
rie s
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
“Jodo Teien” or the Pure Land Garden and the Ancient Temple sites

Before going to the town of Hiraizumi, we had no knowledge about this Motsu-ji Temple. When we... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
Chuzaa
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Vancouver, Canada
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58 Hiraizumi Osawa, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun 029-4102, Iwate Prefecture
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Reviewed 14 August 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

Thank J H
Reviewed 14 May 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

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Reviewed 3 May 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.

Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 14 December 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

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Reviewed 31 May 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

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Reviewed 18 February 2017

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

Thank RolleingStone
Reviewed 1 December 2016

A few minutes walk from Hiraizumi Station, this old temple (850 AD) and its adjacent gardens are a worthwhile place to visit. Beautiful architecture and woodwork and a lovely lake and small spring based river system.

Thank Bomani
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Very little left in terms of temples and Buddha statues (although there are some), this is mostly about the large pond and grounds. At one time it was all part of a much larger complex. Worth a visit if you have time and the inclination,...More

Thank IThkg
Reviewed 30 July 2016

A temple complete with a spring feed lake. The water Spring and the lake are married in Local history and have arcilogyical sites around the lake. Over a 1100 years of culture use to this day at this Buddist Temple. In May they hold a...More

Thank 50johno
Reviewed 5 November 2015

This should be the first place to visit due to its close proximity to the train station. It has beautiful maple tree spots that are great for photos. Would not spend more than an hour here, not because it lacks luster but more to the...More

Thank Zexenknight
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