Motsu-ji Temple, Hiraizumi-cho, Japan 

Mōtsū-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect in the town of Hiraizumi in southern Iwate Prefecture, Japan, and also refers to the historic area surrounding it containing the ruins of two older temples, Enryū-ji and Kashō-ji  in a Jōdo garden.

The current temple was built in the 18th century and bears no relation to the ancient temple structures that once stood here. In June 2011, Mōtsū-ji was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi”.

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