Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church

Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church

Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church
4.5

4.5
32 reviews
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PiggySue2014
Singapore, Singapore340 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
The Church of the Light is one neat piece of architecture by Tadao Ando. Cold, but accommodating; minimalist but not void, simple and yet uniquely sophisticated - these are the many impressions when you step into the concrete space.
A humbling and inspirational visit.
Written September 1, 2019
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abdij0gja
Ibaraki, Japan58 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
In Japanese only, no translator. Apparently there was several foreigner visited. Only to be introduced in front of congregation. Positive things is we'll loaned English Bible
Written April 28, 2019
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Philippe W
Singapore, Singapore53 contributions
Oct 2018
Tadao Ando's iconic Church of the Light in Osaka.
Worth the visit but check the website: you must register in advance, it is not open everyday, it takes an hour from the Osaka station.
At IBARAKI station take the bus number 2.
Written November 14, 2018
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halconnen
Melbourne, Australia50 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Despite its huge architectural reputation, the church itself is a very low-key traditional local church. Do not expect Pentecostal megachurch-style paranormal experiences there.

We joined the congregation for their Sunday service and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. I was stoked by how much hard effort this small group of local churchgoers put in just for tourists to have good visiting experiences at their church.

Their official website has an English page explaining the rules of visiting and how to make a booking to visit - either during their Sunday service or at other designated visiting times. Multi-languaged signage guiding tourists to the church could be found at the bus stops, and the helpful bus driver handed us a small paper guide map as we looked foreign and got off at the bus stop closest to the church.

On arrival church members noted down our names and some details. They even took the pain to carefully note the pronunciations of our names. We then got printed instructions in English and were guided to our seats inside the church by one of the members. The very member would then join us during the service, giving us some supervision now and then with Bible verse reading and hymn singing etc. so we didn't look too confused and out of place due to our limited Japanese. Once the sermon concluded all the visitors during that service were each personally welcomed by the congregation which was very heartwarming.

I really hope future visitors can continue to respect and appreciate the wonderful hospitality of this local religious community, provided at no cost to all those visiting.
Written March 15, 2018
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Tomskatesnyc
New York City, NY120 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Some things you do as items on an agenda are incidental; like discovering the crazy world of Osaka nightlife on the "other side" of town. If there is an opposite to crazy, it would be peace, or a discussion might propose. Tadao Ando's design, I would argue, cares little for either for the maddening nor peaceful worlds. He has only created a world of space, proportionate to solar purposes for functional effect, aesthetic in his case. It is a church built as art, and consistently, to the pews and pipes, throughout. No cameras, no tourists. Hard to find, harder to find oneself intruding into the congregation's service, but a spectacle.
Written October 30, 2016
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Bent G
Makati, Philippines4,332 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
I've been hearing and reading about Tadao Ando and really pleased to visit the Church. This was not in our travel plan but luckily a Japanese friend of ours brought us here. Too bad that it was close. We were told that it would be best to call in advance so as to get more information on the schedule.
Written November 15, 2015
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Travelerfromthe808
Hawaii36 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
The Church of the Light is a good opportunity to see one of Tadao Ando’s most famous projects in relatively close proximity to Osaka. Make sure to check the Church’s website on the days/times available to visit. To get to the Church, we took the train to Ibaraki station, which was only about a 15 minute ride from Osaka station. After we got to Ibaraki, I realized that I had forgotten to research and save the directions on how to get to the Church from the train station. Having no wifi, I had to rely on the train ticket agent (some English ability) and the bus driver (no English ability) to figure out what bus to take. Here’s what to do: outside the train station there are maybe 4 or 5 bus stalls…take the #2 bus which will loop out to the Church and back to the station. The bus driver had a handy little piece of paper showing when to exit the bus (Kasugaoka-koen stop) and with walking directions to the Church. It was about a 10 minute ride on the bus from the station to the stop, and then only a minute walk to the Church. You catch the same bus at the same stop to go back to the train station.
Written June 23, 2015
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allieprincipe
Tokyo, Japan12 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
You need to book a reservation via their website to be able to go in, and they only have specific days per month that guests are allowed to visit, posted two months prior.

Access to the Church is straightforward. Get off at JR Ibaraki Station and get on the bus to Kasugaokakoen, which is the last stop.

Went here as part of a Tadao Ando pilgrimage I did in Kansai area, and it was the highlight of my day (pun absolutely intended!)
Written May 6, 2015
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la_vera_mahshid
Tokyo158 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Visited on a Sunday afternoon and really liked this place and the architecture - very peaceful.
Make sure to call them and ask for the times you can enter the church - that's where you see the real magic and how the light plays!
Was here for about 2 hours I guess, but I wanted to stay longer!
Written September 16, 2014
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enruit
The Hague, The Netherlands328 contributions
Sep 2011 • Friends
In the vicinity, 1,5 km from, of the Osaka Expo 1972 location is an interesting concrete church by Tadao Ando. From outside, only on Sunday's you can visit it inside, you can see the play with light that makes this place a three stars location.
Written September 12, 2011
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