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Address: 58 Hiraizumi Osawa, Nishiiwai-gun, Hiraizumi-cho 029-4102, Iwate Prefecture
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08:30 - 17:15
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Beautiful and peaceful

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... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2016
Parksville, Canada
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Singapore, Singapore
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 17 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
Parksville, Canada
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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
Hong Kong, China
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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, but the star attraction in Hiraizumi is Konjikido.

Thank IThkg
Moruya, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 festival for the local strong man and a Annaual Buddist ceremony which is a great... More 

Thank 50johno
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 fact that there are many more other places to go and you don't want to... More 

Thank Zexenknight
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Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

There are no original buildings and the garden and main building are pretty new (main temple was build in 1989). Did not bother to look any further, but heat and disappointment drove us away...

Thank Vincent v
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2015 via mobile

Nice to walk around taking in the scenery and the beautiful nature walk. But mostly ruins. Not as impressive in stature and condition as the main temple complex chusonji. But pleasant to walk around and relax.

Thank Paul C
La Mesa, CA.
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

First the only thing original is the garden, all the other buildings are later reconstructions. I strongly recommend going into the treasure house / museum first to see a very good scetch of what this huge temple compound looked like in the 1100's when Hiraizumi was one of the largest cities in Japan, rich beyond belief and the location of... More 

Thank Ted C
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 10 November 2014

Visited Motsuji temple & its gardens in october 2014. Very well maintained. Its a UNESCO world heritage centre. The main temple is very well preserved. Also the adjacent garden is a nice place to see the fall colors. The lake & its main attraction( the rock formations) is a sight to watch. but compared to Chusonji temple, its bit small... More 

Thank dockumar
Arizona, USA
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Reviewed 13 October 2014

This garden is nice but there are much better ones. However, it does have one special feature and that is the inlet stream to the lake. It is very nicely landscaped in the Japanese style. Not worth a special trip but if you're in the area you might want to drop by.

Thank jspace63

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