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Address: 1-20-1 Kosenbamachi, Kawagoe 350-0036, Saitama Prefecture
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Kitain Temple

One of the ancient Buddhist temples in Japan located in Kawagoe. I visited the temple on the New years eve with large festivities, gathering and lots of Daruma Dolls on... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kolkata, India

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Kota Kinabalu
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though not the main shrine in the city, but it seemed to be a long and important history tied to it. When i went there, none of the food stalls in front of it were open, nor the sakura bloomed, so it was not at its prime. If you're willing to pay a small fee, you can walk into the... More 

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Kolkata, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the ancient Buddhist temples in Japan located in Kawagoe. I visited the temple on the New years eve with large festivities, gathering and lots of Daruma Dolls on display. Access: Walking distance of 15 minutes From the Hon-Kawagoe station, Seibu-Shinjuku Line. The temple complex has more than 500 statues, said to be disciples of Buddha. The temple also... More 

Thank Joy_Sinha
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938 reviews
499 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Kita-in Temple has some historical significance for those who are familiar with Buddhism, but didn't have much that set it apart from other Japanese temples in its main structure. However, the visit is worthwhile for the adjacent 500 Statues of Rakan, which represent the disciples of Buddha. They were carved between 1782 and 1825 with no two statues alike.

Thank thelonious22
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We took a stroll from the Kawagoe Station to this attraction, while most would have taken the bus. There were some minor construction going on but this place is still open. There is a history behind the temple, and it's worth to read the background before visiting. There is a store selling drinks and snacks.

Thank fire-tower
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236 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

In 830 the Tendai monk Ennin founded Muryōji 無量寺, the Temple of Unending Life, and it was divided into three sub-temples: Kita’in 北院, Naka’in 中院, Minami’in 南院. By 1300 the temple was the most important within the Tendai sect. Under the charismatic monk Tenkai, friend and adviser to three Tokugawa Shōguns, Kita’in became the most important of the three sub-temples,... More 

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Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
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167 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

This was the last place we visited in Kawegoe, and by far the most elaborate. A must see example of Japanese traditions at its best. After a along afternoon of walking, we rested here in the grounds, where they sell beers and Saki and you can just chill, we did and we met fun locals who took the time to... More 

Thank whygoback
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The temple was my favourite place I visited in Kawagoe. It is easy to get to from the bus from the train station (a day pass on the loop bus is only 300Y) and is the first stop on the loop. I spent about an hour and a half walking around the grounds and inside the building itself. It costs... More 

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New York
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Had a good time checking out this temple. The section where the statues of various arhats are sectioned off is particularly interesting. Kind of a neat place to see if you are in the Kawagoe area. A really authentic place where locals still use regularly without being spoiled by tourist hordes.

Thank QuakesNewYork
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45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely house and temple complex. The 500+ Buddhas are obviously the main attraction & do not disappoint. Gardens looked fabulous, even in summer. Snack bar sells traditional snacks including delicious purple sweet potato wedges. If it's busy, get in the queue for the bus early when you are leaving - we only just managed to squeeze on and it was... More 

Thank Diegosjf
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 May 2016

If you are not interesting only shopping, and like to know Japanese histrory, definitely you should visit this place. The third shogun,Iemitsu was born at this place. You can see his birth room with the toilet and bath. Unfortunately all guide was written in Japanese. The stone garden, with various trees is worth to see. It is typical zen style.... More 

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