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Kanjizaio-in Temple Remains

観自在王院跡(平泉町)

Kanjizaio-in is believed to have been commissioned by Lady Fujiwara-no-Motohira to stand beside Motsu-ji, the temple her husband sponsored. Like Mōtsū-ji, it is exemplary of Pure Land gardens designed to mirror the scenery of paradise. Unfortunately, the temple was lost to a fire in 1573, and the land subsequently converted to rice paddies at one time, but the worship hall and one of the two former Amida Halls, as well as the garden pond, have since been restored. Today, it is a serene historical park, perfect for walks or quiet moments. It also hosts local events throughout the year.

(Designated a special historic site/special place of scenic beauty by the Japanese government)

VENUE DETAILS

Hours
24 hours
Admission
N/A
Access 1
3 minutes on RunRun loop bus from Hiraizumi Station (disembark at Motsu-ji), and 4 minute walk
Access 2
10 minute walk from Hiraizumi Station
Access 3
5 minutes via rental cycle from Hiraizumi Station
Access 4
10 minute drive from Hiraizumi-Maesawa Interchange

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