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Temple Spots in Aomori Area

  • Osorezan Bodaiji Temple
    86 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Mutsushi Tanabu Ugo Toshiyama 3-2
    Osorezan, which was founded in 862 by Jikaku Taishi, is one of Japan’s three largest reizan (sacred mountains) which also include Hiezan and Koya-san. It prospered as a place for the Tendai sect of Shugendo (a Japanese mountain asceticism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts). Sights to see include the arching bridge over what is supposed to represent the Sanzu no Kawa (which has to be crossed by all dead souls on their way to afterlife and is often compared to the River Styx of ancient Greek mythology), Jigokudani (Hell Valley), and the beautiful Sai no Kawara (Dry Bed of the River of Souls) that makes one think of the Sukhavati (Amitabha’s Pure Land).

    Having read a great deal about the history and cultural significance of this wonderful place I was determined to visit here. Hired a car from near our accommodation in Mutsu and very easy drive...

  • Engaku-ji Temple
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    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Fukaura Hamamachi 275
    A temple of the Shingon sect’s Daigo school of Buddhism, this was built in 807 as a temple dedicated to Kannon by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, the first Seii Taishogun (literally “great general” who subdues the barbarians). The temple enshrines a statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu which is said to be the work of Shotoku Taishi. People believed Maguchi Kannon watched over the entrance to port, and one time when sailors were caught in a storm they chopped off their topknot and offered prayers, and reportedly spotted a light coming from an old cryptomeria on the grounds which saved them. Sights not to be missed include those topknots tablets that were offered and boat-shaped ema (votive pictures), the Engakuji Yakushido-naizushi, a miniature shrine with double doors which is an important cultural property, and temple treasures including the image of Shaka Nyorai in Nirvana embroidered with the hair of 84,000 people and Sanjusan Kannon-zo.
  • Unshoji Temple
    11 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Asahiyama 433
    Unshoji Temple, built in 1596, is famous as a temple connected to Osamu Dazai. The fact that he was brought to Unshoji Temple as a child by his baby-sitter is depicted in his works, and after that he also visited when he evacuated to his family home to escape the air raids. The Osamu Dazai Historical Monument was also built in 2008. It is a seven minute walk from Kanagi Station on the Tsugaru Railway Line.

    津軽三味線資料館の斜め向かいにあるお寺で、太宰治が幼い頃によく手を引かれて訪れたというお寺 南台寺の方が個人的にはお勧め

  • Saisho-in Temple Five-Storied Pagoda
    65 Reviews
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    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Doyamachi 63
    "A three-minute walk from the ""Hirosakikoko-mae"" Konan Bus stop. The Saisho-in Temple significantly influenced the shrines and temples of Tsugaru; established in 1667, the temple possesses numerous National Important Cultural Properties. The interior of the pagoda is richly decorated with gold and silver leaf as well as ultramarine, and enshrines a statue of Vairocana, the temple's principal object of worship; and, to its sides, statues of an infant Prince Shotoku and the ten rulers of the afterlife. One of the highlights of the temple grounds are its beautiful scenery created by the contrast of seasonal plants such as weeping cherry tree blossoms and fresh verdure in spring. Built to memorialize all those who fell in the battles to unify Tsugaru, the temple's five-storied pagoda and other structures exude an atmosphere of rich history."

    The five-storied pagoda was built in 1667 to commemorate those who died in battle during the reunification of the Tsugaru district in which Hirosaki is located. Considered the most beautiful pagoda...

  • Kawakurasai's Kawara Jizo (Guardian Deity of Children)
    1 Reviews
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  • Seiganji Temple
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Aramachi 247


  • Daienji Temple
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    Aomori Minamitsugaru-gun Owanimachi Kuradate Muraoka 12
  • KiyomizuKannon
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Hirosaki-shi
  • Gumonji
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Hyakuzawa Terasawa 29
  • Nantein
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    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Takasugi Yamashita 208
  • Tokoshinai Kannondo
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    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Tokoshinai Sarusawa 78
  • Yubune Kannon
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    Aomori Nishitsugaru-gun
  • Kitaukitakouseikaku
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    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunajigasawamachi Kitaukitamachi Imasu Maeda 17
  • Hiderida Kannon
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    Aomori Nishitsugaru-gun Ajigasawa Machi Hideritamachi No Waki Yamanoue
  • Kennyu San Kannondo
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    Aomori Nishitsugaru-gun Fukauramachi
  • Shimoaino Kannondo
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    Aomori Tsugaru Moritacho Shimoaino Noda 38-1
  • Hasukawakannondo
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Tsugarushi Kidukurihasukawa Kiyokawa 59
  • Kawakura Ashino Do
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    Aomori Goshogawara-shi Kanagicho
  • Kosenji Temple Kannondo
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    Aomori Kitatsugaru Nakadomarimachi Oppetsu Kurumi Tani 198
  • Usuichi Kannondo
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    Aomori Pref. Kitatsugarugunnakadomarimachi Usuichi Susuki-shi mountain 1-1

Aomori Main Areas


Centuries-old stories of samurai at Kakunodate and the remains of millennia-old archaeological sites including the likes of Isedotai invite history buffs to delve into Aomori's fascinating history. As the most northern prefecture on the Japanese mainland, Aomori enjoys a cooler climate, which makes it a welcome escape from the southern cities for combining castles, art galleries, and summer festivals with the great outdoors.

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