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Hoonji Temple

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I normally find temples boring, but not this one

A bit of a trek to reach this temple but definitely worth the effort. This is a temple with a... read more

Reviewed January 9, 2017
Impressive Buddhist statues

A little difficult to locate but worth the visit. Admission is very reasonable and 500 Buddhist... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2016
Ontario, Canada
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Jan 9, 2017
“I normally find temples boring, but not this one”
Aug 11, 2016
“Impressive Buddhist statues”
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Temple district of Kitayama, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture
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Reviewed January 9, 2017

A bit of a trek to reach this temple but definitely worth the effort. This is a temple with a unique atmosphere, combining tranquility and a certain eeriness in equal measure. The kind elderly volunteer at the temple was also a wealth of information and...More

Date of experience: January 2017
3  Thank ulujungleboy
Reviewed August 11, 2016

A little difficult to locate but worth the visit. Admission is very reasonable and 500 Buddhist statues are quite impressive. The Buddhist monk on site spoke excellent English and was very welcoming and informative. Well worth visiting.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank ON-North
Reviewed July 31, 2016

The main gate is quite impressive. You are welcomed by Kannon and Jizou when you enter this pine haven. Enter the main temple straight ahead (remembering to remove your shoes before you step onto the wooden stairs). Go up the stairs and to the left....More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank nekokatze
Reviewed May 30, 2016

After a lot of travel throughout south east Asia I am not easily impressed by yet another temple but I have to say I enjoyed the hour or so spent here. The gentleman in the ticket box was a wealth of information and was happy...More

Date of experience: May 2016
2  Thank DavidMMc56
Reviewed May 20, 2016

The temple is located in temple district. Once you enter the gate, it's very quite. The cherry blossoms were full bloom at the temple. When we visited in late April weekday afternoon, there are 3 other visitors in temple. The hall displays 500 buddhist disciples...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed May 15, 2016

In a quiet corner of the city, this temple hosts a hall in which gilded statues of 500 sages may be found, encouraging us by their example.

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank klucchese
Reviewed April 3, 2016

This temple is quite well concealed, and is about a kilometre up past the Prefecture office, heading north. The temple is the site of the 500 Buddhas, that were carved by 3 craftsmen in about the 1500-1600s. The entry fee was 300 Yen, that you...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

The temple is tucked away and we needed some help finding it, but it was worth the effort. It is quiet and secluded and when we were there we were the only visitors. The 500 statues as amazing, most of them still gilded in gold....More

Date of experience: April 2013
5  Thank JeanneB970
Reviewed March 5, 2008

Inside Hoonji Temple are 500 statues of buddhist deciples. They are made from wood, using a finish of laquer or gold and took 9 sculptors 4 years to complete, after having started in 1731. The works include statues of Kublai Khan and Marco Polo. To...More

19  Thank StanleyAuckland
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