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Untouan Temple雲洞庵


Untouan is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Soto School that is situated in the foothills of Mt. Kinjo, in the Unto district of Minamiuonuma City. It was founded by Uesugi Norizane in the Muromachi period, and rebuilt in 1707. Tradition has it that text from the Lotus Sutra was inscribed on the underside of every flagstone on the path that leads up to the main hall of the temple, so that visitors to the temple who followed this route on their way to worship at the main hall could accumulate merit in the process. The Untouan temple is famous as the place where Uesugi Kagekatsu and Naoe Kanetsugu were educated as boys.

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place Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Untou 660
phone 0257820520

Review of Untoan Temple

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Reviewed:2018/06/08 Surrounded by mountains and trees
Wow, in the mountains & surrounded by forrest. It could be the movie set and center of a adventures story or just about monks. Huge trees, silent, tranquil. If you like nature and temple, this is the...
Reviewed:2015/11/19 Tranquil
The place is very quiet and beautiful. Not so big so you can cover within 1 hour. If you are not a fan of temples you might find it boring
Reviewed:2015/09/08 Calm countryside temple
Untoan is just off a back road at the foot of the local mountains. It is a lovely spot and the temple blends in well. An imposing wooden gate with fierce looking guardians, a paved entrance path...



Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Untou 660 [map]



[Mid Apr.-Nov.] 9:00-17:00
[Dec.-Mid Apr.] 10:00-15:30 ¥ ※ Reception is 30 minutes Gates shut
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship]300yen
Parking Lot
Available (32 spaces, bus 4 spaces)
Credit Card
Not available

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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