Kosenji temple
Kosenji temple
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Vermont7,424 contributions
Apr 2019
You can climb up a lot of steps to reach the temple or approach it from behind as we did when we walked here from our ryokan. From the top of the stairs, however, you are at a good vantage point for photos of the Yubatake below.

If you go up the stairs, you will notice several statues on the side of the stairs close to the top. There are many old statues on the grounds at the top as well. Many are tucked in corners under trees and most are covered in moss; a large Kannon statue stands to welcome all visitors. We were struck by the monument with a haiku by Basho, praising Kusatsu’s healing waters. The information board was in English as well as Japanese.

At the top you find all the structures you expect in such a temple, including a bell tower and main hall; particularly photographable is the dense thatched roofed building near the entrance. The grounds cover a fair amount of space: wander around the various paths to see everything in the compound. Take your time here. It is a pleasant diversion from the waters below.
Written March 31, 2020
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,400 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
It's next to the town's main attraction Yubatake in the center of town, so might as well walk up the steps and check it out for a few minutes...just a typical temple though...
Written March 18, 2017
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MrsSaffa
London, UK21 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
Not really much to see up there after treking up the icy stairs. A quiet and average temple. You do get to see yubatake from above if you walk around to the back a bit. Looks more impressive from below.
Written August 7, 2016
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caipirina
Colombo, Sri Lanka858 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
We saw several people slip and slide on the way up, the stairs have not been kept clean and the snow has turned to ice. Do use the banister on your way up. The view from here is well worth it and some areas of the temple are nice, though some work is needed (i.e. the gong at the small shrine is not working) ... but the snow added to the atmosphere.
Written December 22, 2014
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cooblue
Singapore, Singapore770 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Went in morning quiet with fresh air, walk up stairs & pretty yellow autumn colours around Buddha statues, feel calm & peaceful..

If I am not wrong, this is Medicine Buddha, pray for good health.

Nice to visit this place during autumn!
Written November 6, 2018
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eTaka
Tokyo, Japan272 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Visited early in the morning and very few people up and about. Went up the stairs and it is a simple temple but was impressed with the old and heavily laden thatched roof on one of the place of worship. The night before the steps were decorated or illuminated with hundreds of small candles, shaped to form maybe the town's mascot.
Written June 2, 2018
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John A
Ann Arbor, MI445 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
I guess after living in Japan for a few years and visiting many temples, they all start to blur together. If you want to get some stair climbing in and get a good view of Yubatake, take the time to visit but keep expectations to a minimum.
Written October 29, 2017
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kcslkcsl
Singapore288 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
A small buddhist temple. Nothing much special. Just that it was up a short flight of stairs from the Kusatsu Onsen Yubatake (hot spring field) and since already there, no harm walking up the stairs and having a look around.
Written October 17, 2017
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Gary B
31 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
A modern Zen temple with an interesting side building with a huge thatched roof. Never seen one of these anywhere in Japan perviously.
Written August 8, 2018
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