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Sazaedo会津さざえ堂

Historical Monument

Sazaedo is a hexagonal, three-storied hall built in 1796. It is located on Mt. Iimori, Aizuwakamatsu City, famous for Byakkotai (a group of young samurai called the white tiger corps). It is also called “Sazae-do” because it resembles the shape of a turban shell. It has a mysterious corridor and when you ascend the unique double spiral stairwell before you know it, you are descending again. Thirty-three Saigoku Kannon Statues are placed on the slope and the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage to 33 Buddhist temples is said to be completed on reaching the top. It was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country in 1996.

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place Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Ikkimachiyahata Bentenshita 1404
phone 0242223163

Review of Sazaedo

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/09/18 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 as the forest has reclaimed much of the view. Yeah, OK I guess.
Reviewed:2018/08/20 Worth visiting
Doesn't take long to see but certainly worth visiting. Interesting design and building method. Cost to enter is about 400 yen.
Reviewed:2018/07/09 Most amazing structure
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...

Details

Address

Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Ikkimachiyahata Bentenshita 1404 [map]

Phone

0242223163

Hours
[Apr.-Dec.]8:15-Sunset
[Jan.-Mar.]9:00-16:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Adults400yen, High School Students300yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students200yen

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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    There is no IC nearby.

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Fukushima is a blend of fantastic scenery, delectable sake, and kaleidoscopic colors. This nature-rich prefecture displays its splendor from the hidden Abukuma Cave underground right to the top of its sky-high mountain road, known as the Bandai-Azuma Skyline.

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