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Doesn't take long to see but certainly worth visiting. Interesting design and building method. Cost... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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An ingenious puzzle of a tower.

One ramp going up, and one ramp coming down, alternating like a barber's pole. Not too much to see... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

One ramp going up, and one ramp coming down, alternating like a barber's pole. Not too much to see as the forest has reclaimed much of the view. Yeah, OK I guess.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Doesn't take long to see but certainly worth visiting. Interesting design and building method. Cost to enter is about 400 yen.

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

This ancient structure is unique in that you walk up and come down without every retracing your steps. It's name, is after the shell because it spirals and there are unique little statues all along the way. If you are in Aizu, it's a must...More

Thank Ko E
Reviewed June 8, 2018

A quirky and clever piece of wooden architecture. This is a Buddhist temple constructed in a hexagonal shape. Two ramps come up from both the front and rear entrance and are united at the top after making two revolutions. Going up you cannot see anyone...More

1  Thank travella2016
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

this pagoda is unique, as it's like a double helix creating a twisted effect, it's an amazing building in an amazing spot that you can visit for free you can also visit the inside, basically walking one helix up and the other one down, but...More

Thank JMAbcn
Reviewed December 29, 2017

I notice reviews of Sazaedou are mixed. Perhaps a little background history of the shrine is helpful to fully appreciate the uniqueness of Sazaedou. Bosatsu in Buddhism is a monk practicing and preparing to enter into a status of total awareness like Buddha. Because it...More

5  Thank tomizuta1953
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

1  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

1  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

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