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Address: 589 Matsuocho Hirayama, Kumamoto 861-5282, Kumamoto Prefecture
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Gorin No Sho

If you're a Musashi fan this place is a must. It is known as the place where he spent mcuh of his final 5 years and wrote his most famous works, including the Book of Five Rings... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2016
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

If you're a Musashi fan this place is a must. It is known as the place where he spent mcuh of his final 5 years and wrote his most famous works, including the Book of Five Rings (Gorin No Sho). To sit on the rock where he contemplated his life philosophy is extremely gratifying.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Reigandi (can be translated as "spirit rock cave") was known to be the place where Miyamoto Musash- the legendary Japanese swordsman resided and written his art of war book- the Book of Five Rings. If you are not a fan of Miyamoto, I would still recommend you to visit it if you are driving. It was a 20-30 minutes drive... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

This place is mostly known as the place where a legendary samurai, Miyamoto Musashi wrote a famous book; the book of five rings which has been translated in many languages as a text book for military or corporate strategy in the modern era. Considered as the master of samurai fighter, his influence has been tremendous when it comes to Samurai... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

About a 40 minute bus ride up narrow mountain road, sometimes becoming a single lane; only experienced drivers should attempt. Then about a 30 minute walk uphill to the shrine .Nice surprise is a small cafe close to the entrance of the cave where Musashi spent a year writing his Book of Five Rings at the end of his life.... More 

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Bergschenhoek, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015

Both close and far from Kumamoto city; If you're renting a car or other wheels this place is easy accessible from Kumamoto city. Even if you're not into the story of a swordsman that became a writer (Miyamoto Musashi), the countless little statues are making this site unique, picturesque and a bit scary at the same time! As a bonus,... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015 via mobile

This place gives you a sense of connection to history and human soul. Will cut the background story since you probably know it. But it's a very very recommended place. You sure need a car, however the road itself is also beautiful. Mind the working hours which finished before 5:00.

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Antwerp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

This cave is out in the country but there is a good bus connection. Plan to have enough time (alas : we did underestimate it). Although small we devoted a lot of time to admire the 500 statues as they are all different and in queer positions, many are facing the heavens and have a wonderful smile. The cave itself... More 

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Bellingen NSW
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

We visited here several years ago with our Japanese friends and also visited the Museum in Kumamoto dedicated to Miyamoto Musashi (book of 5 rings). We are taking an Australian group to Kyushu in 2014 and we plan to visit both the museum & Reigando. The peaceful grounds of Reigando and the impressive presentations of the museum give a nice... More 

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