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Kitain, Kawagoe

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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. Discover how to plan a Kawagoe trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • So many tourists away from the breweries, so no. Also known as kawagoe Daishi Temple midweek and pray you can. Entrance fee is required to visit including gohyakurakan.
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  • Hidoles is one of the most famous sights in Cys, where there is not much of it, we come very early and few of us are there. It is also available to pay a visit to the 538 statues produced during the 50-year period since 1782. There are cherry flowers to look at, pretty.
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  • Kitain is one of the best Japanese gardens in Saitama, although the garden is rather hidden behind the temple with poor signage to get to it. Persevere! Kita-in has been listed in "Hidden Gardens of J...  more »
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  • Amazing temple. Highly recommend to see it when you are in Kawagoe! You take your shoes off and I recommend to walk barefoot over the tatami. Sadly no English descriptions on the exhibits but they are beautiful
  • Great place to visit, beautiful buildings and art. The 500 statues are interesting with no 2 faces being the same.
  • Not as crowded as Senso-ji, has "Rurouni Kenshin"-film atmosphere in it. Overall it's nice
  • Interesting temple. You can get inside for a couple of yen and walk inside the beautiful building. The ticket also includes the entrance to see the statues that are outside the temple itself, the signs to get there are all in japanese but its right next to the big souvenir store in front of the temple.
  • Nice shrine. Some elder guides are really nice, and teach you interesting history here. Tourist spots. Street food shops are not really good.

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