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1-20-1 Kosenbamachi, Kawagoe 350-0036, Saitama Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

Thank Dhiraj H
Reviewed 17 September 2018

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...More

Thank Douglas M
Reviewed 27 August 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

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...More

Thank Bundtlust
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

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...More

Thank BertSG
Reviewed 6 March 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Not very far from Tokyo, this could be a good day trip. The stone statues are quite interesting when you spend some time with them.

Thank 31ant
Reviewed 15 November 2017

The quiet temple in the forest around here relatively from Kawagoe station. When seeing 500 Buddhist monument areas and the place where a priest chants a sutra, there was a charged.I went in the afternoon of Wednesday, but it wasn't crowded. But it's said that...More

Thank nagatoshim
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

A wonderful place to visit to see how Japan was hundreds of years ago. The grounds are shaded and green and the buildings are old and authentic. Such a beautiful place to visit. Not so near the main road, but worth the extra walk.

Thank 5frys
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I love to travel and I really, really love to travel to off the beaten path places!!!! I came to Kawagoe to check out Candy Alley, the Bell Tower and Kita-in Temple. Kita-in has beautiful architecture and they allow you to enter part of the...More

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