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This temple is one of the assets registered in the Hiraizumi World Heritage Site, and within its precincts you'll find a Jodo-style Japanese garden whose form has been preserved almost perfectly since the Heian era. This style of garden is said to depict the Pure Land, which is the realm of the Bodhisattvas. In late June, the area around the garden blooms with 30,000 Japanese irises, which are sure to delight any who visit during this time.
Hiraizumi Osawa 58, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai, Iwate
Adults 500yenHigh school students 300yenElementary and junior high school students 100yen
January 1 to April 4, 8:30 to 16:30 April 5 to November 4, 8:30 to 17:00 November 5 to December 31, 8:30 to 16:30
At the Kyokusui-no-en festival held in May, you can enjoy the elegant spectacle of people dressed in the costume of the Heian period reading traditional Japanese poetry by a stream.
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