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Sazaedo, Aizuwakamatsu

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Climb the double-helix staircase at Sazaedo, a uniquely realized Buddhist temple. Ascend the winding wooden steps to the top of the structure, built in the late 18th-century and reputed to bring good fortune upon pilgrims who make the ascent. Marvel at the timber construction and observe great views across the city from the top. After visiting the temple, consider seeking out the graves of the teenage "White Tiger Corps," who took their own lives at the end of the Boshin war in 1868. See Sazaedo and all Aizuwakamatsu has to offer by arranging your trip with our Aizuwakamatsu vacation trip planner.
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Where to stay in Aizuwakamatsu

The main urban area of Aizuwakamatsu offers a number of standard hotels, with some newly built luxury options added into the mix around the city office and the main stops of the train line. However, a greater variety of accommodations lies to the southeast of the town center, by the banks of a river. Here, a mix of modern spa hotels and traditional ryokans with Japanese-style rooms and onsite onsens benefit from the pleasant riverside scenery.
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  • I went primarily to go visit this unusual architecture, a double-helix wooden tower from 19th century. We took a tourist bus from the Aizu Wakamatsu station, and it dropped us off at the foot of this ...  more »
  • I agree with a previous poster that while the structure, built in the 1790s, is interesting, it may not be worth the fee to go inside. The guide book I read said there were hundreds of statues inside ...  more »
  • I get that this is a historic pagoda and that the two spiral walkways are unique. But I didn't really think I got much for the 400 yen admission fee. The view from the top isn't that exciting, and I d...  more »