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Ganshoin Temple

615 Karida, Obuse-machi, Kamitakai-gun 381-0211, Nagano Prefecture
+81 26-247-5504
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Sakura in traditional temple

Beautiful Sakura with temple in the background. The taxi ride is about 5-10 min or 30 walk from... read more

Reviewed April 26, 2018
Allie5515
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Singapore, Singapore
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Hokusai ceiling

Staying in Yudenaka, we took the limited express train to the lovely little town of Obuse. We knew... read more

Reviewed December 26, 2017
Ray P
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London, United Kingdom
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615 Karida, Obuse-machi, Kamitakai-gun 381-0211, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful Sakura with temple in the background. The taxi ride is about 5-10 min or 30 walk from Obuse train station.

Thank Allie5515
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

Staying in Yudenaka, we took the limited express train to the lovely little town of Obuse. We knew the Hokusai museum was closed as the exhibits had just arrived back from the British museum and were currently being rehung. Got a taxi from the station...More

1  Thank Ray P
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

have seen many beautiful temples in Kyoto/Nara so this one was a bit disappointing. The Hokusai wall painting of the phoenix is very nice and the room is decorated nicely. But for us this temple is only okay to visit if you're in the area...More

Thank StefanS71
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Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Temple is about 2km from tourist attractions at the base of the Mt. Ample parking and fewer steps that many temples. Great views across fields.

Thank April B
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Reviewed 3 February 2016

the grounds surrounding the temple are beautiful and offer a natural respite. There is a scenic view of Obuse and the countryside from a hilltop behind the temple. The climb up the narrow, steep path can be a challenge for those not wearing proper footwear...More

1  Thank canadajapan
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

If you are near the Hokusai Museum at Obuse, this is a must see. We had a delight man give us a description in English. The claim is that the work has not been restored, and if true, it is amazing that the colors are...More

1  Thank TXHillCountry10
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Reviewed 15 February 2015

A very interesting building showing the final work of infamous Japanese artist Hokusai. The building itself was, for me, less exciting than the Joko-Ji temple 1/2km away. I am a big fan of Hokusai's work so it was very exciting to see the final painting,...More

Thank kerrmcilwraith
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Reviewed 22 November 2014

Rating: 4.3 stars Ganshoin Temple is a notable destination on account of the considerable strength of Hokusai's wonderful ceiling-mounted phoenix painting. The colors and style of the image are masterful and extremely enjoyable, especially once you know that the artwork was the final product of...More

Thank Andrew1234
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Even in the off-season when the tourism buses aren't running, this temple is worth the few kilometer walk. Especially considering how close it is to Jokoji Temple as well (Jokoji, is amazing). If you get your hands on an Obuse Town Map, you should be...More

Thank TravelingYarn
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Let yourself get lost in the pheonix painting by Hokusai, and try to imagine the scene Issa saw in the garden when he wrote his frog haiku.

2  Thank Tyler-KameseiRyokan
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