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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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  • Rather large temple complex in Kawagoe containing some interesting sites. One can look in the well-kept room where the 3rd Shogun of Japan, Iemitsu Tokugawa, was born or be amazed by the so called...  more »
  • Originally a three temple complex dating back to 830 this flourished in the Edo period. Within its grounds is an old Edo castle and you can feel the oldness of the place and what might have taken...  more »
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