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Hoonji Temple

Temple district of Kitayama, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture
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Impressive Hoonji Temple - built in 1384

Very impressive templebuilt in Sannoche in 1384 and moved to present location in 1601. The carvings... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Richard P
Amherst, New Hampshire
I normally find temples boring, but not this one

A bit of a trek to reach this temple but definitely worth the effort. This is a temple with a... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2017
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Temple district of Kitayama, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Very impressive templebuilt in Sannoche in 1384 and moved to present location in 1601. The carvings on the various gates and buildings are amazing including representations of the Goddess of Mercy and representative figures of 500 disciples of Buddha which surround the main altar. Includes...More

1  Thank Richard P
Reviewed 9 January 2017

A bit of a trek to reach this temple but definitely worth the effort. This is a temple with a unique atmosphere, combining tranquility and a certain eeriness in equal measure. The kind elderly volunteer at the temple was also a wealth of information and...More

1  Thank ulujungleboy
Reviewed 11 August 2016

A little difficult to locate but worth the visit. Admission is very reasonable and 500 Buddhist statues are quite impressive. The Buddhist monk on site spoke excellent English and was very welcoming and informative. Well worth visiting.

1  Thank ON-North
Reviewed 1 August 2016

The main gate is quite impressive. You are welcomed by Kannon and Jizou when you enter this pine haven. Enter the main temple straight ahead (remembering to remove your shoes before you step onto the wooden stairs). Go up the stairs and to the left....More

1  Thank nekokatze
Reviewed 30 May 2016

After a lot of travel throughout south east Asia I am not easily impressed by yet another temple but I have to say I enjoyed the hour or so spent here. The gentleman in the ticket box was a wealth of information and was happy...More

2  Thank DavidMMc56
Reviewed 21 May 2016

The temple is located in temple district. Once you enter the gate, it's very quite. The cherry blossoms were full bloom at the temple. When we visited in late April weekday afternoon, there are 3 other visitors in temple. The hall displays 500 buddhist disciples...More

Thank Seven W
Reviewed 16 May 2016

In a quiet corner of the city, this temple hosts a hall in which gilded statues of 500 sages may be found, encouraging us by their example.

1  Thank klucchese
Reviewed 4 April 2016

This temple is quite well concealed, and is about a kilometre up past the Prefecture office, heading north. The temple is the site of the 500 Buddhas, that were carved by 3 craftsmen in about the 1500-1600s. The entry fee was 300 Yen, that you...More

Thank snerd45
Reviewed 9 May 2013

The temple is tucked away and we needed some help finding it, but it was worth the effort. It is quiet and secluded and when we were there we were the only visitors. The 500 statues as amazing, most of them still gilded in gold....More

5  Thank Jeanne B
Reviewed 6 March 2008

Inside Hoonji Temple are 500 statues of buddhist deciples. They are made from wood, using a finish of laquer or gold and took 9 sculptors 4 years to complete, after having started in 1731. The works include statues of Kublai Khan and Marco Polo. To...More

19  Thank StanleyAuckland
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