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Anrakuji Temple安楽寺


This Soto school Buddhist temple is located in Bessho Onsen in Ueda City. The oldest temple in Nagano Prefecture, it is also famous for its octagonal three-storied pagoda, a National Treasure. The pagoda is said to have been built in the Kamakura period and is the only original octagonal pagoda still standing in Japan. An entrance fee is required to view the pagoda interior. A 14-minute walk from Bessho-Onsen Station.

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place Nagano Pref. Uedashi Besshonsen 2361
phone 0268382062

Review of Anrakuji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/05/10 The only octagonal wooden pagoda left in Japan
Anrakuji, with its impressive wooden octagonal pagoda built in the Chinese Sung architectural style during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). The pagoda is the only example of its kind left in Japan...
Reviewed:2017/08/19 It's worth visiting. また訪れたい。
I didn't expect much with this temple, but I was wrong. This temple has a beautiful three-layer roof tower, which is national treasure. You should pay extra fee to see the tower, but I bet it's worth...
Reviewed:2016/03/17 Unique and serene temple
Anrakuji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Soto school in Bessho Onsen. It's best known for having the only extant octagonal pagoda in Japan. The grounds are beautiful and very serene...



Nagano Pref. Uedashi Besshonsen 2361 [map]



Octagonal Triple Tower Admission fee to worship Adults 300 yen (20 people and above 240 yen), Children (Elementary and junior high school students) 100 yen (20 people and above 80 yen)

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Nagano Main Areas


Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country's most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.