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Doesn't take long to see but certainly worth visiting. Interesting design and building method. Cost... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Amazing architecture!

We saw a photo of the pagoda several years ago and decided then and there that we had to visit this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw a photo of the pagoda several years ago and decided then and there that we had to visit this bizarre structure. So on our next trip to Japan, we planned a few days in Aizuwakamatsu to visit the castle again and to see...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank hfot2
Reviewed 18 September 2018

One ramp going up, and one ramp coming down, alternating like a barber's pole. Not too much to see as the forest has reclaimed much of the view. Yeah, OK I guess.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Doesn't take long to see but certainly worth visiting. Interesting design and building method. Cost to enter is about 400 yen.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

This ancient structure is unique in that you walk up and come down without every retracing your steps. It's name, is after the shell because it spirals and there are unique little statues all along the way. If you are in Aizu, it's a must...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank koe60
Reviewed 9 June 2018

A quirky and clever piece of wooden architecture. This is a Buddhist temple constructed in a hexagonal shape. Two ramps come up from both the front and rear entrance and are united at the top after making two revolutions. Going up you cannot see anyone...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank travella2016
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

this pagoda is unique, as it's like a double helix creating a twisted effect, it's an amazing building in an amazing spot that you can visit for free you can also visit the inside, basically walking one helix up and the other one down, but...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank JMAbcn
Reviewed 30 December 2017

I notice reviews of Sazaedou are mixed. Perhaps a little background history of the shrine is helpful to fully appreciate the uniqueness of Sazaedou. Bosatsu in Buddhism is a monk practicing and preparing to enter into a status of total awareness like Buddha. Because it...More

Date of experience: November 2017
7  Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed 8 September 2016

I went primarily to go visit this unusual architecture, a double-helix wooden tower from 19th century. We took a tourist bus from the Aizu Wakamatsu station, and it dropped us off at the foot of this small hill. The walk up to the building was...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank floatinweed
Reviewed 25 August 2016

I agree with a previous poster that while the structure, built in the 1790s, is interesting, it may not be worth the fee to go inside. The guide book I read said there were hundreds of statues inside - there were not; it was mainly...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank IThkg
Reviewed 13 July 2016

I get that this is a historic pagoda and that the two spiral walkways are unique. But I didn't really think I got much for the 400 yen admission fee. The view from the top isn't that exciting, and I don't have any understanding of...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Asterix135
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