Choanji Temple
Choanji Temple
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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skinmd
Scottsdale, AZ103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Our driver decided we should stop here on our quick visit to Hanoke .
The place is incredibly peaceful, still and tranquil. I loved the rankan buddhas everywhere with their various shapes, sizes and expressions. Wished I could have stayed longer. I will be back!
Written 8 September 2023
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,950 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you are in the Hakone area, especially if you have a car, I recommend visiting Choanji Temple. It's not the most impressive temple, but it is unique due to the many statues scattered throughout the beautiful gardens. There is a nice pond here as well and large cemetery. I'd say, 30 minutes tops is enough time to visit Choanji Temple.
Written 29 July 2023
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Clayton B
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful in the snow! It was hard to see where to go so we didn’t explore too far just in case. But it was so peaceful and quiet, also unexpected! Would certainly recommend a visit to see this peaceful part of town.
Written 26 January 2020
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Marc T
Coventry, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We first visited the Shinto shrine located not far from the temple then parked up in the tiny car park, Its an incredible place with a pond with Koi carp, Bamboo forest area, statues and stone lanterns.
Written 29 November 2018
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MadsDK
Odense, Denmark599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This is a very special place. We toured the small park next to the temple for almost 2 hours in the rain. We could not get enough of the more than 200 statues in the park.

The over two hundred statues of rakan (disciples of Buddha) scattered around the temple grounds. The statues began appearing in the 1980s and have been accruing ever since. Each statue has a unique face and shape.

The temple itself is also well worth a visit. There is no information in English available.

Behind the temple is a local cemetery also well worth a visit.

To find this place get off the bus at Sengoku (仙石) bus stop. From there it is a 2 min. walk.
Written 7 October 2018
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adamiuk
Glasgow, UK410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
This really is a must-visit attraction in my opinion. It is easy to find, only a two minute walk away from Sengoku bus stop. The temple has been there since 1356, and the numerous statues are each meant to represent a monk who lived and died at the temple. It is very peaceful, since it is not very well-known (yet), and beautiful all year round. There is also an adjoining cemetery, which was very interesting to us since Japanese cemeteries are unlike any we have seen anywhere else in the world. There are also toilets available, should you require them.
Written 14 July 2018
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Aurelie I
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
This temple is a real gem. A little outside of the usual loop if you do just a day trip but totally worth it. I wish i could come back in autumn!
Written 15 June 2018
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Fearless696362
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This Buddhist temple and surrounding area are both real treasures! We didn’t let the rain keep us from reveling in the artistic beauty of 200 carved statues on a mossy hillside. The mystic conditions made the experience that much more memorable! Do not miss this hidden wonder, just minutes from the bus stop for Tourist Bus S if coming from the Gora Station.
Written 29 April 2018
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Australiafrancophile
Australia869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
I learnt about this temple from Japan guide and the many statues of Buddha appealed to me .

I caught the bus to the Sengoku bus stop which is very nearby.Unfortunately there is no English signage.I had a Japanese friend with me.

The temple is famous for autumn maples and on 22 November they were still nice but past their best.Autumn leaves were softly raining down in the gentle breeze.

We got there at 9am and it was peaceful with not many people.The 500 statues are scattered along a terraced walk on the side of a hill.I have a bad knee and it wasn't difficult to access.

The statues are all different with different expressions.With the background of autumn foliage,there were many photo opportunities.

Near the entry there was a tranquil pond with large koi , black and orange ones.With orange leaves on the surface of the water matching the koi, there were more photo opportunities.

I also visited the Hakone shrine which was much more crowded.Because of the statues , and the maples, I found this temple much more interesting and enjoyable.
Written 25 November 2017
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Tschimm S
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
This is a very nice and calm place in the forest, just a short walk from the nearest bus stop.
Actually we came to see all those little statues. We liked it very much.
But the most beautiful thing is the stairway ! From certain perspectives it's floating and looks very surreal.

The kids also liked the koi pond at the entrance
Written 27 August 2016
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