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Morinji Temple (茂林寺)

This temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism is said to be the model for the folk tale “Bunbuku Chagama” (“The Bewitched Tea Kettle”). You can see the bunbuku chagama—located in one room of the main hall where the main statue of the historical buddha is adored. The main path presents visitors with about 20 statues of raccoon dogs with a variety of expressions. Around the temple, you’ll find the Morinji Marsh—designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument and protected as a natural habitat of marsh flora—where you can see Lucolia lateralis fireflies during the rainy season and in summer.


Gunma Pref. Tatebayashishi Horikuchou 1570 (Kiryu / Isesaki / WataraseArea)

phone 0276721514

[Worship times]9:00-16:00

Review of Morinji Temple

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Reviewed:2019/04/29 Not so interesting
You need to get off at Morinjimae station(oen stop from Tatebayashi, Tobu Line toward Tokyo) then walk 10 minutes to reach there.This temple is famous for Bunbukuchagama, folktale which 100% Japanese...
Reviewed:2019/01/07 An old temple related to a familiar fairytale.
A fairytale named Bunbuku Chagama is one of the most famous fairytales in Japan. The story a cocoon dog transformed to a Chagama (a teakettle) and finally the kettle became a treasure of the...
Reviewed:2017/11/12 Morinji Temple - Tatebayashi
The Morinji temple is located in Tatebayashi , Gunma Prefecture. If travelling by train, it is a walking distance of 15 minutes from the Morinji-mae station on the Tobu-Isesaki line.
The temple is a...

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Gunma Pref. Tatebayashishi Horikuchou 1570 [map]
Kiryu / Isesaki / WataraseArea
[Worship times]9:00-16:00
Thursday, Irregular holidays
[Treasure Admission fee to worship]
[Adult] 300yen
[Elementary and Junior High School Students] 150yen
* 20 people and above 1 discount
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Available (Available only outside, Not available inside the building)
Not available
English Menu
Available (Pamphlet Available)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Not possible (1 indoor wheelchair is always available)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (possible if you can)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Gunma prefecture is synonymous with onsen. Natural hot spring water sources throughout the prefecture have given rise to a series of small onsen towns, each set among luscious mountains. At Kusatsu, Ikaho, and Minakami, traditional indoor and outdoor bathing experiences are served hand in hand with irresistible onsen-themed food, including steam-cooked eggs and custard pudding.