Mōtsū-ji Temple

Mōtsū-ji Temple was founded in 850 by Ennin (Jikaku Daishi), but most of the halls were built in the 12th century, during the period from Motohira, the second generation Fujiwara lord, to Hidehira, the third generation lord. With 40 temple buildings and 500 priests’ quarters, its size and splendor rivaled that of Chūson- ji Temple. After the downfall of the Ōshu Fujiwara clan, all of the buildings were destroyed by fires, either natural or in conflicts but the Pure Land garden with the Oizumi ga Ike Pond and the foundations of the Heian period temples were maintained in almost perfect condition, and Mōtsū-ji is designated as both a Special Historical Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty.

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