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Kitain, Kawagoe

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Landmark Religious Site
Visit the revered Buddhist temple of Kitain, and admire the 540 stone statues of Buddha's disciples, each wearing its own facial expression. A typical Zen style encloses the shrine, whose foundations date to the 8th century, giving the complex a tranquil and spiritual ambiance. One of the interesting points consists of rooms from the original Edo castle, dismantled and reassembled here. These include a kitchen, toilets, a bathroom, and the room where the third Tokugawa shogun was born. Contemplate in the prayer building and walk through the peaceful cemetery. A small onsite shop sells snacks and amulets. Add Kitain to your Kawagoe travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kawagoe itinerary maker.
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  • Great ancient temple. Very ornate. Stone lanterns on the grounds. Stone disciples of Buddha very interesting No photos allowed inside.  more »
  • While I don't regret going to Kita-In, it is certainly not in the category of "must see". My favorite thing about visiting shrines in Japan is the beauty of the nature surrounding them. We went on a b...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »