Kitain

Kitain, Kawagoe

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Sunday
09:00 - 16:15
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olafoomes
Amstelveen, The Netherlands1,606 contributions
Large temple complex in Kawagoe containing some interesting sites
Mar 2019
Rather large temple complex in Kawagoe containing some interesting sites. One can look in the well-kept room where the 3rd Shogun of Japan, Iemitsu Tokugawa, was born or be amazed by the so called 500 statues of Rakan. Furthermore there were a lot of Hanami picnics going on in the area being there in the midst of the Sakura season. The complex is definitely worth a visit.
Written 16 July 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia24,327 contributions
Old Temple Dating Back To 830
May 2019 • Couples
Originally a three temple complex dating back to 830 this flourished in the Edo period. Within its grounds is an old Edo castle and you can feel the oldness of the place and what might have taken place here.It is the first stop of Bus 3 from the kawagoe Station.
Written 12 May 2019
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ProducermanAtlanta
Atlanta107 contributions
If you're in Kawagoe, this is worth exploring. Make sure to see the statues.
Dec 2018 • Family
Kitain temple is lovely and the grounds, even in December, had splashes of color that were beautiful. The statues are wonderful. Try to find the one for your zodiac sign, rub its head and leave a coin for good luck. Finding the right statue takes some effort but provides a good way to appreciate how unique, beautiful and, sometimes, amusing these statues are.
Written 17 December 2018
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maru89
Buenos Aires, Argentina2,238 contributions
Very peaceful
Dec 2018 • Solo
I went there on December on a weekday at 12 pm and it was really quiet.
So peaceful and nice.

Fui un mediodía en un día de semana en Diciembre. Muy tranquilo y lleno de paz.
Written 17 December 2018
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Dhiraj H
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,252 contributions
Serene half visit in the evening
Oct 2018 • Family
This temple closes at 4PM( 4.20 PM on Sundays and public holidays). Also it is slightly away from the main Kurazukuri zone. So plan your visit well. Assuming you are coming to Kawagoe by train it probably makes sense to do the temple first on foot and then get into the Kurazukuri zone. We reached the temple just after 6 PM and although we could enter the premises all the structures were closed. The premise is large and we could spend some time in the very serene surroundings.
Written 24 October 2018
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Douglas M
Minneapolis, MN89 contributions
Worth the trip to Kawagoe by itself
May 2018 • Friends
I spent an enjoyable Saturday in Kawagoe with a Japanese friend. Kitain was a highlight of the day. Kitain was one of my favorite temples to visit. The buildings and grounds are lovely, and the history is interesting. I agree with some of the other commentators that it is sad that pictures are not allowed. I found it helpful to visit with someone who knows Japanese.
Written 17 September 2018
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,201 contributions
Historically significant for the thousand years old Tendai Sect and where part of Edo Castle are being preserved.
Sep 2017 • Couples
City of Kawagoe a.k.a Little Edo was once an important commodity resource and business trades to Edo (today's Tokyo) during the Edo period. The city avoided severe damages after the air raid bombings by WWW II western allies that mainly aimed at large area of Tokyo. Today's Kawagoe is a city full of modern conveniences and nostalgia atmosphere of an old town ambiance. After you exit Hon-Kawagoe Station you will find Tobu's Co-edo loop bus stop no. 2 located outside of the station serving the routes to the Old Town of Kawagoe include stop to Kitain Temple. Kitain Temple owns a few original Edo Castle palace buildings that were removed from the Castle of Edo (today’s Tokyo) to replace the burned down structures of original Kitain property. And since Tokyo was mostly destroyed by the air raids during WWII allies’ bombings Kitain Temple becomes one of the important national treasures bearing historical significance of holding the only remains of Edo Castle. It was told that third Shogun Tokugawa Lemitsu was born in one of the rooms in Kitain Temple. The large roofed main hall is the center place for the worship. But a few other structures are not accessible to the public. Admission charged.
Written 26 August 2018
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Bundtlust
Katori, Japan975 contributions
Gorgeous temple with unique Rakan statues
Jul 2018 • Solo
When I decided to visit Kawagoe, One of my first stops was Kitain, Head temple of the Tendai Sect for Kanto Region. The temple complex is very beautiful, with a very nice two-story pagoda, stunning garden, and 500 statues of Buddha’s followers created between the 18th and 19th century. Admission to the temple also gives you admission to the statues. You also be given information about the temple in English. Of course, it is well worth getting a goshuin (temple seal). The main hall was part of the original Edo Castle. You can easily see everything in a couple of hours, it is worth combining with nearby Naritasan Betsuin.
Written 3 July 2018
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BertSG
Singapore440 contributions
Birthplace of Iemitsu Tokogawa
Jun 2018 • Family
Unbeknownst to us was the fact that the famous Tokogawa was born here. This place does not allow photo taking which is unfortunate. There is a room in the building where he was born and is extremely well kept...with some improvements made for sure. Set within a beautiful garden, this visit is really memorable. A good 1hr visit will do.

Cap off the visit to Nikko Tosugu Shrine to visit his burial site.
Written 17 June 2018
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John L
Kamakura Japan84 contributions
Kitain is one of the best Japanese gardens in Saitama
Apr 2017 • Solo
Kitain is one of the best Japanese gardens in Saitama, although the garden is rather hidden behind the temple with poor signage to get to it. Persevere! Kita-in has been listed in "Hidden Gardens of Japan" - THE photo essay and reference for finding unspoiled gardens in Japan (minus the tour bus crowds) available on Amazon US and Amazon Japan.
Written 6 March 2018
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