Mōtsū-ji

Gardens in Hiraizumi

Established by the priest Ennin in AD 850 at the same time as Chūson-ji, Mōtsū-ji was once Tōhoku’s largest and grandest temple complex. The buildings are all long gone, but the enigmatic 12th-century ‘Pure Land’ gardens, designed with the Buddhist notion of creating an earthly paradise, remain.

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