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- This is the castle ruins of the Sano family. There is no castle left, but the huge layout can be felt from the sturdy stone foundations, most of which remain in excellent condition. The Kararsawayama Temple is in good condition with only a few visitors. So not crowded except with cats, the priest was going out to feed them.. Very quiet and peaceful.
There's an interesting spring, where the water has never dried up and still bubbles today.
Great view of the countryside. The Castle was built high up on the mountainside giving a great view (of Edo). It is said that the Shogunate didn't like the people looking down on him in Edo from this Castle.
If going by bus, check the return time. Not a place you want to be stranded...Written January 4, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Walk up the 100+ steps to the top of the shrine. It is built onto the side of a mountain, overlooking the Sano area. On the way up, check out the big snake sculptures. The snake is a symbol for prosperity, bringing you more money.Written October 20, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I live only minutes from this temple, and get to walk by it every day. It's a beautiful structure, bright red with gold peaks that glow in the afternoon sun. The grounds are small but peaceful and well kept. If you arrive at the right time, you can listen to the chants and drums of the worshippers, something I find moving whenever I hear it.
This is a very famous temple, well-known across Japan even by people who have never been to Tochigi prefecture. It is said that prayers at Yakuyoke Daishi will help admonish bad luck. The temple is also located across the street from the Sano Tourist Association, perfect for picking up omiyage with Sanomaru, the cutest mascot in Japan! Also, there are several ramen shops nearby, another thing Sano is known for. When you leave the temple, turn left and walk a few hundred meters to Shimamura Fashion Center. Across the street is a great ramen shop I highly recommend after your visit to Soshuji.
Keep in mind, as with many temples and shrines in Japan, January is an extremely busy time to visit.Written January 17, 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.