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These are the ruins of a temple built by Fujiwara Hidehira, the third ruler of the Oshu Fujiwara clan, which enjoyed prosperity during the twelfth century due to the production of gold. It is said that long ago, Muryoko-in boasted a large temple building, featuring an Amida hall modeled after the Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Kyoto, but on an even bigger scale. Today, only foundation stones and parts of the earthen walls remain. Restoration has begun on the pond and garden of the former temple, and is continuing to proceed little by little.
Hanadate, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai District, Iwate Prefecture
Access by Public Transit
10-minute walk from Hiraizumi Station (JR Tohoku Main Line)
Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean display boards available
Always open, but unlit at night