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Rabbit guardians at Saishoin Temple

The five-storied pagoda was built in 1667 to commemorate those who died in battle during the... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2018
Soo K
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Hong Kong, China
guardian rabbits

We had seen many temples with stone guardian figures, but never one guarded by rabbits! Very... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2016
LDWG
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Keene, New Hampshire
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5 May 2018
“Rabbit guardians at Saishoin Temple”
26 Aug 2017
“Serene temple”
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63 Doyamachi, Hirosaki 036-8196, Aomori Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had seen many temples with stone guardian figures, but never one guarded by rabbits! Very pretty temple, but the tower is much smaller than the tourist brochures make it seem.

1  Thank LDWG
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Guess many visitors come to Hirosaki mainly for the castle park. This lesser known attraction is a bit out of the way. But I did enjoyed the serenity there especially with the quiteness of the morning in this site which also have a pretty pagoda.

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

The five-storied pagoda was built in 1667 to commemorate those who died in battle during the reunification of the Tsugaru district in which Hirosaki is located. Considered the most beautiful pagoda in Tokoku, it was built during the Edo Period using a construction method with...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Guess many visitors come to Hirosaki mainly for the castle park. This lesser known attraction is a bit out of the way. But I did enjoyed the serenity there especially with the quiteness of the morning in this site which also have a pretty pagoda.

1  Thank HotEarth
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had seen many temples with stone guardian figures, but never one guarded by rabbits! Very pretty temple, but the tower is much smaller than the tourist brochures make it seem.

1  Thank LDWG
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The pagoda at Saisho-in temple was built around 350 years ago to commemorate those who died in battle during the reunification of the Tsugaru district in which Hirosaki is located. It's five stories high and stands just over 31 meters tall, and is said to...More

Thank BM B
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Beautiful, tranquil temple. I've been a few times over New Years. On New Years Eve, there is a huge gathering with vendors selling food and drink, and people lining up to visit the temple at around midnight. It's a great experience if you get a...More

Thank Shyam G
Reviewed 4 June 2016

An amazing sight to see anytime, but in cherry blossom time it was breath-taking! Not too crowded, and I loved the big central gong in the pavilion. Don't miss!

1  Thank strafals
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Its really beautiful.... simple architecture but so impressive, almost perfect, its quiet, spotlessly clean and compact. We were pre Sakura but I guess its spectacular at cherry blossom time. The 5 story pagoda is well worth seeing, its stunning in its symmetry and its detail.

Thank DAVID V
Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

Truly an impressive sight to behold in such a small space, from the pagoda to the many statues. Loved the rabbits and the large statue of a travelling pilgrim.

Thank Dale T
Reviewed 21 April 2015 via mobile

The temple was quiet the day we went, less than 10 tourists there, which is great for taking photos of the nice temple. The 5-story tower is not open for climbing though. There are 2 coffee shops near by, walk to Hirosaki park is about...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Hirosaki has numerous temples and shrines but this one has to be my favourite. It is located a good 15-20 minute walk from the main Hirosaki train station and is a little out of the way. It is famous for its 5 tiered pagoda that...More

1  Thank CathCPerth
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