Choanji Temple

Choanji Temple, Hakone-machi

Choanji Temple
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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adamiuk
Glasgow, UK409 contributions
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, India295 contributions
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, Austria874 contributions
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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MadsDK
Odense, Denmark638 contributions
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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Marc T
Coventry, UK61 contributions
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
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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Pascal T
Belleville, France285 contributions
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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Y_G
China20 contributions
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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Fearless696362
9 contributions
Couples
This Buddhist temple and surrounding area are both real treasures! We didn’t let the rain keep us from reveling in the artistic beauty of 200 carved statues on a mossy hillside. The mystic conditions made the experience that much more memorable! Do not miss this hidden wonder, just minutes from the bus stop for Tourist Bus S if coming from the Gora Station.
Written April 29, 2018
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Australiafrancophile
Australia872 contributions
Friends
I learnt about this temple from Japan guide and the many statues of Buddha appealed to me .

I caught the bus to the Sengoku bus stop which is very nearby.Unfortunately there is no English signage.I had a Japanese friend with me.

The temple is famous for autumn maples and on 22 November they were still nice but past their best.Autumn leaves were softly raining down in the gentle breeze.

We got there at 9am and it was peaceful with not many people.The 500 statues are scattered along a terraced walk on the side of a hill.I have a bad knee and it wasn't difficult to access.

The statues are all different with different expressions.With the background of autumn foliage,there were many photo opportunities.

Near the entry there was a tranquil pond with large koi , black and orange ones.With orange leaves on the surface of the water matching the koi, there were more photo opportunities.

I also visited the Hakone shrine which was much more crowded.Because of the statues , and the maples, I found this temple much more interesting and enjoyable.
Written November 25, 2017
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