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Sazaedo

Ikkimachiyahata, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0003, Fukushima Prefecture
+81 242-22-3163
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Amazing piece of architecture

A quirky and clever piece of wooden architecture. This is a Buddhist temple constructed in a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
travella2016
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Kempsey, Australia
amazing twisted pagoda

this pagoda is unique, as it's like a double helix creating a twisted effect, it's an amazing... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
JMAbcn
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Barcelona, Spain
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  • Average23%
  • Poor1%
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“double helix” (4 reviews)
“worth a visit” (2 reviews)
“spiral” (4 reviews)
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Ikkimachiyahata, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0003, Fukushima Prefecture
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+81 242-22-3163
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 17 May 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

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Reviewed 30 December 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

3  Thank tomizuta1953
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Reviewed 8 September 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
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Reviewed 25 August 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
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Reviewed 13 July 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
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Reviewed 21 April 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
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Reviewed 1 November 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
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Reviewed 7 December 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
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Reviewed 20 December 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
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