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Muryoko-in Ato
Muryoko-in Ato Muryoko-in Ato (Special Historic Site)(Hiraizumi Town)

 The last of Hiraizumi’s great temples was built in the style of the Amida Hall (Hoodo) of Byodo-in of Uji, outside of Kyoto. Sadly, the temple grounds have been almost completely transformed into paddyland, leaving only the pond remains (including the central island) and foundation stones. The temple grounds were longer north-south, with the central east-west axis extending from the eastern gate through the central island and main hall on to the peak of Mt. Kinkeisan. Thus, for worshippers at Muryoko-in, twice annually at the equinoxes the sun set directly into the mountain, epitomizing the religious significance of the west as Pure Land of Utmost Bliss of Amida Buddha (Amitabha). This carefully calculated design, which afforded visitors to the temple a virtual experience of the Western Paradise of Amida, distinguishes Muryoko-in from its model, the Amida Hall. In preparation for World Heritage inscription, excavations of the temple site continue along with efforts to preserve and manage the surrounding landscape.
MAP Muryokoin Temple Site

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