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Rakanji Temple

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Honyabakeimachi Atoda, Nakatsu 871-0311, Oita Prefecture
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Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

It’s not very accessible - I took the bus from Nakatsu at 7:30 (because I wanted to fit other sights in one day) - get off at Nakashim (中島), which is just 2-3 stops after Aonodomon (so if you are at Aonodomon you can actually...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

If you don't have your own car, this is not an easy place to access. I felt challenged and forewent a car rental and decided to use public transportation from Nakatsu City to the Yabakei area. The information booth in the JR Station was helpful...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank kitsuko
Reviewed 10 May 2018

Near the Yabakei Gorge, Japan, is the Rakanji Temple, built into the cliffs of Mt Rakan. We went up by chairlift. Was fun as well. Rakanji is one of the oldest temples in the area, dating from the 13th century. It’s famous for it’s more...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Tanja S
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Awesome setting and path up to the temple. Single chair lift is available to take you to the temple, then up to the top of the mountain. Or you can hike up or down. Very unique temple in Japan.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank bradw783
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Had a great visit here. December drizzle, low fog walking up the old path was incredible. We had some local acquaintances take us for a visit. Wife and others took the chairlift and my two teenage boys and daughter walked up. That was something special...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

We took the scenic bus tour and arrive the Rakanji Temple. Perfect in the autumn leave seasons and it is very quiet and peaceful.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank KarenN_cloud
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Whilst a struggle to get to without a car, it does at least have a ski lift that will take you the majority of the way up the hill. I will leave the finer detail of the temple history to others, but it's an incredible...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank JCofBournemouth
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The site was not accessible via public transportation. I walked here from Ao no Domon for around half an hour (2.2 km). Tourists may choose to go up to the temple by foot or via a wired lift, round-trip of which was 800 yen per...More

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank BestLambert
Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

Wonderful view - easy to get to the temple and top of the hill with the help on short journey ride on the cable car. Not too many steps, can easily walk up with my 3 YRS old boy.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Kathy K
Reviewed 17 December 2015

We visited Rakanji Temple, which is some 45 minutes away by bus, taxi and lift-chair from Nakatsu Station, which is again about one hour and twenty minutes by bullet train and all-stop train from Fukuoka, Kyushu. So I must say, it was not an easy...More

Date of experience: December 2015
2  Thank SlowWalkerY
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Response from Tanja S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's pretty steep. Don't know how much time it takes. We took the chair lift. Nothing to be scared about. It's like a ski lift. Takes only a couple of minutes. Easy and fun way to get up. Best