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Motsu-ji Temple

毛越寺(平泉町)

( Special historic site; special place of scenic beauty )
Originally established in 850, Motsu-ji flourished during the peaceful Golden Culture which lasted for about a century under Motohira and Hidehira, the second and third lords of the Fujiwara clan. Motsu-ji was one of the most renowned spiritual places in Japan, with over 40 temple buildings, 500 monk residences, and the grand Kondo Enryuji Temple. Regrettably, none of the original structures remain today due to repeated fires; what remain today are sites of foundations, cornerstones, mounds, corridors, gates, and halls, as well as the site of Kondo Enryuji Temple. The Jokodo Hall we see today was rebuilt in 1732. There is a treasure museum with various displays such as Buddhist images, writings, craftwork, equipment used in the “Ennen no Mai” dance, and excavation data.

VENUE DETAILS

Address
58 Osawa, Hiraizumi
029-4102 岩手県西磐井郡平泉町平泉大沢58
Hours
8:30-17:00 ( Apr. 5-Nov.4 ) 8:30-16:30 ( Nov. 5-Apr. 4 )
Regular holidays
Open every day
Addmission
Adults: 500 yen High school students: 300 yen Elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen Groups of 30 or more: 10% discount Groups of 100 or more: 20% discount
Access 1
Loop Bus from JR Hiraizumi Station Hiraizumi Loop Bus "Run-Run" ( early April to late November ) Get on at Hiraizumi Station Boarding Area 1 Get off at Motsu-ji About 3 min. 0191-23-4250 ( Iwateken Kotsu Ichinoseki Office ) http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/transport/index.html ( in 4 languages )
Access 2
On Foot 7 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
Access 3
Taxi About 3 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
Access 4
Bicycle Rental Swallow Tour 9:00-17:00 ( May-October ) ; 9:00-16:00 ( November-April ) 70 bicycles available 0191-46-5086 Bicycle Rental "Kaze" 9:00-17:00 47 bicycles available 090-4041-5736
Access 5
Car About 10 min. from Hiraizumi-Maesawa IC

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