Kaikoji Temple

Kaikoji Temple, Sakata

Kaikoji Temple
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

4.5
34 reviews
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KiwiYamabushi
Sakata, Japan66 contributions
A great location to learn about Yamabushi and the self-mummified monks
Nov 2018 • Friends
Kaikoji temple just north of Sakata city centre is home to not just one, but two self-mummified monks. There is a display that shows some of the actual tools and garments the monks used during their training to become ‘living Buddha’ or to leave a trace of their achieving Buddhahood in our world, which they did for the salvation of the people. Here you can learn about the grueling training the monks went through, and the reasons why they did so as well. I wouldn’t recommend this place for the faint of heart, as the two Buddha Mummies is quite a sight to behold, but anyone seeking a spot like no other is definitely welcome. A few other landmarks are nearby, like hiyoriyama park, Hie Shrine, Somaro, and the Sanno club that are enough to take up a whole day. Phots are from the park.
Written February 17, 2019
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Isy73
Belmont, MA13 contributions
Very unique experience
Jan 2017
I understand that there are very few places in Japan (and in the world) where you can stand in the presence of a "living mummy" so this was truly a unique experience. Very touching.
Written January 4, 2017
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Dale B
Nikko, Japan135 contributions
An interesting place to visit
Sep 2015
Home to Buddhist mummies it is a fascinating place to visit and delve into the rich regional culture.
Written March 28, 2016
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johntaro
Tokyo, Japan168 contributions
short pleasant visit
Jul 2015
small temple but well worth the visit. It was a pleasant short stop on the way back from Tohoku back to Tokyo
Written September 12, 2015
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YoroNikki
Yamagata Prefecture, Japan39 contributions
Amazing Mummies
Feb 2015 • Family
This temple is small but well-worth the time to find it and visit. There are two mummies here. At first I found it spooky but the more I learned the more I found them fascinating. DO your research on Japanese mummies before you go here to really enjoy it. There is an explanation in a few languages. Don:t miss the artifacts in the cabinets either. There is a letter in English and other discussion worthy artifacts.
Closed Tuesdays check the website for opening times.http://kaikouji-sakata.jimdo.com/
Written February 17, 2015
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