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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
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Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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  4. Tourist Facilities of Japan
  5. Gardens
  6. Motsu-ji Temple Garden

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Motsu-ji Temple GardenIwate

The temple Motsu-ji was founded over 1,100 years ago in 850. The original buildings were burned down during the course of several natural disasters, but the Jodo Teien (Pure Land Garden) and the foundations have been preserved in perfect condition, and have been designated as special scenic and historic sites by the Japanese government. In the heart of the garden lies a large pond with an island in the center. The perimeter of the pond is lined with stones, as is the island. On the west side of the pond is an artificial hill or mound about 4 m high. Rocks of various sizes have been placed along the waters edge to the top of the mound so that it looks like a rocky hill. The image is that of a cliff facing a deep abyss. The pond also has a reclaimed reef-like island on its southeastern edge with stone paving reaching right into the water. This is regarded as the most beautiful view of the garden.'
Address & Access
Address: 58 AzaOsawa, Hiraizumi-cho, Iwate
Admission Fee: 500 yen
Closed: Open throughout the year
JR Hiraizumi Stn./10-min. walk