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Anrakuji, with its impressive wooden octagonal pagoda built in the Chinese Sung architectural style during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). The pagoda is the only example of its kind left in Japan and is designated as a national treasure. If you are happened to be an...More
I didn't expect much with this temple, but I was wrong. This temple has a beautiful three-layer roof tower, which is national treasure. You should pay extra fee to see the tower, but I bet it's worth the price. You can enjoy fresh air and...More
Anrakuji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Soto school in Bessho Onsen. It's best known for having the only extant octagonal pagoda in Japan. The grounds are beautiful and very serene. Beautiful pine trees surround the area and there is a pond with milky...More
A historical place you could visit on a trip to Besshoonsen. A beautiful temple inside a beautiful forest. You need to pay a fee at the entrance, but it is very small compared to what you can see inside the area of Anrakuji Temple. It...More
If you are in Ueda enjoying one of the many onsens, Anrakuji is worth a visit. It's easy to get "temple fatigue" in Japan, but the 4-level octagonal wooden pagoda (built in the early part of the 14th century) in this temple complex is the...More
Very impressed - the Octagonal 3-storey pagoda, the 16 Rakans (arhats) pavillion, the statues of priests Yogyu Enin and Shokoku Isen and, last but not least, the quiet cemetery and the surrounding forest are great. Mark the Kuro-mon (Black Gate) marking the old border of...More