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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Goshintai

In Shinto, shintai (神体 body of the kami), or go-shintai (御神体 sacred body of the kami) when the honorific prefix go- is used, are physical objects worshipped at or near Shinto shrines as repositories in which spirits or kami reside. Shintai used in Shrine Shinto (Jinja Shinto) can be also called mitamashiro (御霊代 spirit replacement or substitute).

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