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Address: Ikkimachiyahata, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0003, Fukushima Prefecture
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Interesting structure

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... read more

Reviewed October 31, 2015
Seattle, WA
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 steep, but they do have escalators for those who rather not sweat or without much... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 pictures. Just seated monk statues - one at the entrance and one at the exit.

Thank IThkg
Toronto, Canada
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114 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
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 the significance of the various pictures of Kannon that were shown along the walk up... More 

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236 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
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 structure is unique in Japan and the world. Like most Japanese pagodas of size, it... More 

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Seattle, WA
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 are gardens all around and a stream. Additionally, there are more things to see in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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
Tokyo, Japan
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120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
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 addition to the spiral ramps that give the building its name (Sazaedo means Turban shell),... More 

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Aizuwakamatsu, Japan
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 then donate a few yen at the entrance. Then, you can enter this building and... More 

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Aizuwakamatsu, Japan
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2012

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

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