Motsuji Temple

0 0 Reviews
Photo: KPG Payless2 /

The Motsuji Temple was once a large and important temple of the Tendai sect and consisted of numerous buildings. Today Motsuji is best known for his garden, which tried to recreate the Buddhist concept of the pure land or "Buddhist paradise".



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


8:30 - 17:00 Open Now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 8:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 8:30 - 17:00
Thursday 8:30 - 17:00
Friday 8:30 - 17:00
Saturday 8:30 - 17:00
Sunday 8:30 - 17:00
Holidays 8:30 - 17:00



Phone Number




  • Barrier-free access
  • Wheelchair rental

General Amenities

  • Free guides/pamphlets

What's unique

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


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

Related Articles

0 articles

Near Motsuji Temple

Chusonji Temple

Chusonji Temple

Chusonji is a Buddhist temple in the city of Hiraizumi in southern Iwate Prefecture. It is the main temple of the Tendai sect in the Tohoku region in northern Honshu. The temple is said to have been founded in 850 by Ennin, a monk associated with Enryakuji Monastery and the third abbot of the Tendai sect. Ennin is also known for the autobiographical record of his travels and studies of Buddhism, considered by some to be one of the greatest travelogues in the world. In the dedication commitment for the Chusonji Temple it is written that all travelers, regardless of their status, will be lovingly welcomed by the Buddhas and would receive their blessings without exception. In 1337 a fire destroyed many of the temple's halls, pagodas, and treasures. Nevertheless, more than 3,000 national treasures and important cultural assets survived, including above all the Konjikido, the small, golden Amida hall, which was the first building to be declared a Japanese national treasure.

Iwate 1.7km away
Genbikei Gorge

Genbikei Gorge

The Genbikei Gorge is a 2 km stretch of the Iwai River, known for its rugged landscape and dynamic whitewater stretches. The rocks and cliffs are a national monument and are lit by cherry blossoms in spring, azaleas in summer and glowing in autumn Red, orange and yellow tones of the leaves framed. The sound of the rushing water enchants visitors on the viewing platform and on the hiking trail that runs on both sides of the gorge. Horse-drawn carriage rides are also possible from April to October. In addition to the breathtaking view, many people visit the gorge for the local Genbikei specialty, the popular flying "kakko dango" (sweet sticky rice balls). Along the gorge there is a pavilion where visitors can order from a rustic shop on the other side of the gorge using a hanging basket.ignated a Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument in Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

Iwate 7km away
Explore Hiraizumi