Choanji Temple
Choanji Temple
4.5
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you are in the Hakone area, especially if you have a car, I recommend visiting Choanji Temple. It's not the most impressive temple, but it is unique due to the many statues scattered throughout the beautiful gardens. There is a nice pond here as well and large cemetery. I'd say, 30 minutes tops is enough time to visit Choanji Temple.
Written July 29, 2023
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skinmd
Scottsdale, AZ103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Our driver decided we should stop here on our quick visit to Hanoke .
The place is incredibly peaceful, still and tranquil. I loved the rankan buddhas everywhere with their various shapes, sizes and expressions. Wished I could have stayed longer. I will be back!
Written September 8, 2023
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MadsDK
Odense, Denmark599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is a very special place. We toured the small park next to the temple for almost 2 hours in the rain. We could not get enough of the more than 200 statues in the park.

The over two hundred statues of rakan (disciples of Buddha) scattered around the temple grounds. The statues began appearing in the 1980s and have been accruing ever since. Each statue has a unique face and shape.

The temple itself is also well worth a visit. There is no information in English available.

Behind the temple is a local cemetery also well worth a visit.

To find this place get off the bus at Sengoku (仙石) bus stop. From there it is a 2 min. walk.
Written October 7, 2018
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adamiuk
Glasgow, UK410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
This really is a must-visit attraction in my opinion. It is easy to find, only a two minute walk away from Sengoku bus stop. The temple has been there since 1356, and the numerous statues are each meant to represent a monk who lived and died at the temple. It is very peaceful, since it is not very well-known (yet), and beautiful all year round. There is also an adjoining cemetery, which was very interesting to us since Japanese cemeteries are unlike any we have seen anywhere else in the world. There are also toilets available, should you require them.
Written July 14, 2018
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Sanjay D
Navi Mumbai, India293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
This is one of the unique place in japan to visit. Here you can feel the cold windy weather. Travellers are requested to carry own dresses to avoid cold wind. As you walk you experience the pungent smokey weather which can be intolerable. This is must visit place as you can se live volcano. in the live hot water spring this is the lcoation where you can get a bolied egg ( boiled in hot water spring) which is believed to add seven years of life to person.
Written September 3, 2015
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barbaraebner
Leonding, Austria981 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Business
this was the tip of our cab driver and it was a wonderful surprise : more than 500 buddhas in a forest - each figure presents a monk who has learned and been living at this temple - mystic atmosphere...we were the only ones there, not well known.
(about half way up the paved way which ends in a cemetery there is a toilet to the right)
Written June 30, 2013
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Pascal T
Belleville, France266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
Do no waste your time and money in museums in Hakone, instead go to this magnificient budhist temple. Surrounded by small statues, the charm of this temple is magic and mysterious.
Written March 31, 2016
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Marc T
Coventry, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We first visited the Shinto shrine located not far from the temple then parked up in the tiny car park, Its an incredible place with a pond with Koi carp, Bamboo forest area, statues and stone lanterns.
Written November 29, 2018
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Tschimm S
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
This is a very nice and calm place in the forest, just a short walk from the nearest bus stop.
Actually we came to see all those little statues. We liked it very much.
But the most beautiful thing is the stairway ! From certain perspectives it's floating and looks very surreal.

The kids also liked the koi pond at the entrance
Written August 27, 2016
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Y_G
China20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
我預定的旅館在仙石原,在查看地圖的時候發現了這座有一個中式的名字——“長安”佛教寺院。因為我對中日兩國之間的歷史和文化非常感興趣,就將這座古寺納入旅程。

儘管日本的佛教是從唐朝時期的中國傳入的(根據我們的課本),但這座佛教寺院並沒有完全照搬中國的,而是在部份程度上日本化了。
-中國:寺院入口處不用洗手;長安寺:像進神社之前,需要先洗手。
-中國:在中國的寺廟裡似乎沒有普通民眾的墓(我個人從未見過,如有異議,歡迎提出);長安寺:寺廟的後山上有許許多多墓碑(因為去的時候天色已晚,我獨自一人不敢靠近墓地)。
-中國:參拜時不用搖鈴;長安寺:有搖鈴的設施。
看到18羅漢,作為一個中國人,還是感到很親切的。
這裡的亭台樓閣建築佈局有點像蘇州園林,林間小徑讓我想到了杭州的靈隱寺,真是一種很微妙的感覺呢。

I found the Buddhism temple in Google Map near my hotel in Sengokuhara because it had a traditional Chinese name Chang'an (it's read as Choanji in Japanese but written as same kanji/character in both Chinese and Japanese). I'm very interested in the culture and history between China and Japan, so I made my trip to it.

Even though we learnt that Buddhism has been practiced in Japan since Tang Dynasty, but this temple is not totally as same as Chinese. Partly, it has been Japanization.
You don't need to wash your hand before you pray in Chinese Temple, but you need to in Choanji Temple.
There is no tomb of ordinary people in Chinese Temple (At least I didn't find the ones. If you know, feel free to tell me. :) ),but there are a lot in Choanji Temple.
You don't need to shake rings when you pray, but you need to in Choanji Temple.
Eighteen Arhats in the temple are familiar to Chinese.
The architecture made me think of Classical Gardens of Suzhou. The quiet path made me think of Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou. Indescribable feeling.
Written May 26, 2015
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