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Different doesn’t always mean better

This is a different temple, designed by Ando. The concrete and vermillion-colored woodwork are... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
travellerfromatown
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Unusual temple

Unusual and beautiful water temple designed by Tadao Ando. A very peaceful and serene complex... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2017
Ann D
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Littleton, Colorado
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

It’s called the watertemple. This modern temple, an addition to an excistent classical temple, is an place to be silent, to contemplate and to enjoy the brilliance of Tadao Ando.
Worth the travel from Kobe. You can reach it from Shin Kobe and Sannomiya station Kobe by bus. From Sannomiya bus no 4 to Awaji, get out at Oiso port, then walk for 10-15 minutes.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

This is a different temple, designed by Ando. The concrete and vermillion-colored woodwork are unusual materials, and the design. including the meandering entrance and position under a lotus pond, is unusual. But I for one, was not moved. To each his own, I guess.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Ando is famous to play with your perception, his architecture always has the surprise element and this one does it to the max. You entered through the entrance not expecting much, then the pond emerged into your view, and then the stair case tasked you in to the middle of the pond underground to the temple. Sublime!

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Reviewed 23 June 2017

Unusual and beautiful water temple designed by Tadao Ando. A very peaceful and serene complex, beautiful water lillies flowering in the water. To enter the temple you go down a flight of stairs in the middle of the circle of water. You have to pay to enter the temple which is a red wooden circular structure.

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Reviewed 25 September 2016

Stunning rouge interior design was found when you got near to the Shrine. And the electrical heated incense amused me while I was doing my prayer, soothing smell and peace environment with. A remarkable visit, the architectural design appeared elegantly before my eyes. It would be much worth to pay a visit in summer again for the lotus pool blossoms in Jul to Aug.

Just one advise raised due to my poor knowledge of transportation to this spot. Do Not Trust Google Map by saying that you can reach the spot by 20 minutes walk after you arrived Awaji Yumebutai Hotel. Just don't. It was exactly 20 minutes bus journey plus 10 mins walk after dropping off the bus to there. If you walk, I doubt you can reach the Temple in 50 minutes walk. Check the timetable of buses and plan well before you go, otherwise you would get a harsh hit esp during Mercury Retrograde like what I suffered from - ie waited buses for an hour under extreme chill weather and rain.

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