Motsuji Temple

Motsuji Temple

Motsuji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Iwate prefecture in Tohoku district. The temple is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai ( Buddha of Medicine ). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.This temple is famous for its beautiful scenery in the season of colored leaves.

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Name Motsuji Temple
"毛越寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 58, aza-Osawa, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate, Japan
"岩手県西磐井郡平泉町字大沢58" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Hiraizumi-Maesawa I.C. on the Tohoku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0191-46-2331

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Hudoki

Fudoki (風土記) are ancient reports on provincial culture, geography, and oral tradition presented to the reigning monarchs of Japan, also known as local gazetteers. They contain agricultural, geographical, and historical records as well as mythology and folklore. Fudoki manuscripts also document local myths, rituals, and poems that are not mentioned in the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki chronicles, which are the most important literature of the ancient national mythology and history. In the course of national unification, the imperial court enacted a series of criminal and administrative codes called ritsury? and surveyed the provinces established by such codes to exert greater control over them.

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