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Ikkimachiyahata, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0003, Fukushima Prefecture
+81 242-22-3163
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Worth a visit for architecture-lovers and history-lovers

I went primarily to go visit this unusual architecture, a double-helix wooden tower from 19th... read more

Reviewed September 8, 2016
Interesting, but not good value

I agree with a previous poster that while the structure, built in the 1790s, is interesting, it may... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2016
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Ikkimachiyahata, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0003, Fukushima Prefecture
+81 242-22-3163
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Reviewed September 8, 2016

I went primarily to go visit this unusual architecture, a double-helix wooden tower from 19th century. We took a tourist bus from the Aizu Wakamatsu station, and it dropped us off at the foot of this small hill. The walk up to the building was...More

Thank floatinweed
Reviewed August 24, 2016

I agree with a previous poster that while the structure, built in the 1790s, is interesting, it may not be worth the fee to go inside. The guide book I read said there were hundreds of statues inside - there were not; it was mainly...More

Thank IThkg
Reviewed July 13, 2016

I get that this is a historic pagoda and that the two spiral walkways are unique. But I didn't really think I got much for the 400 yen admission fee. The view from the top isn't that exciting, and I don't have any understanding of...More

Thank Asterix135
Reviewed April 21, 2016

さざえ堂の二重らせん塔! Double Helix Pagoda! This twisted pagoda was built in 1796. Through the entrance one ramp ascends spiraling to the top of the16m pagoda where a 'bridge,' Taikobashi, crosses over to another descending ramp which twists down and out the back of the pagoda. This...More

Thank ART196
Reviewed October 31, 2015

I went here with my family. The structure is unique and I can just imagine Buddhist monks praying as they go up and down. If you have a slight inner ear disturbance, going down can be a challenge but there are lots of handrails. There...More

Thank tsuzki33
Reviewed December 6, 2014

It is fun to see the construction spiral and be narrow, but see it out already worth it. But it's also not very expensive.

Thank Luca W
Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

This wooden temple, with its unique spiral ramps (up and down), is surprising and fascinating. Situated on the Iimoriyama hillside mostly associated with the Byakkotai suicides of the Boshin War (1868-69), the 4 story structure was built at the end of the 18th century. In...More

1  Thank Banda-in-Japan
Reviewed January 25, 2013

This building is a national treasure of Japan. It is a small temple which is built as a wooden tower structure which, essentially, contains solely a double-helix staircase (one of only a few in the world). You pay a ~500 yen entrance fee and may...More

2  Thank Aizuman
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Its structure is unique and interested from the point of architecture.

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