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Gesshoji Temple

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179 Sotonakabarachō, Matsue, Shimane 690-0875, Japan

Serene Buddhist temple of the Matsudaira family, featuring landscaped grounds & a big turtle statue.

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clockOpening hours

Mondays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesdays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursdays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Fridays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sundays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Andi 3 months ago

Massive tombs with historical stories, too bad I have no interest within. Elegant madam at the service table. Tasty matcha and snacks set with such a cozy view.

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Sarah 3 years ago

Atmospheric temple that was a favorite of writer Lafcadio Hearn while he was living in Matsue. Beautiful tea garden and many interesting monuments and sculptures.

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Kate Linsley 4 years ago

Surrounded by bamboo forests and silence, you can fully enjoy the peaceful solitude of this temple. I was surprised there was no one else here besides the staff at the entrance. This area was really cool. I loved admiring the woodwork and unique designs of birds and flowers in each gate of the mausoleums. I’ve never seen anything like the large stone turtle, which added to the slightly eerie atmosphere. After walking around, you can step inside the tea house there and enjoy looking out at the Japanese garden while you wait for the next bus. The tourist loop bus stops across the street to the temple, so it is very accessible.

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つう 6 years ago

Can enjoy silent. looks like decade shrine, gate, stone paving, you can see what you've never seen before.

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Ruth Gadia 7 years ago

I loved how there were hardly any people, so you can fully appreciate the temple structures and grounds. The giant turtle is a must-see. Very unusual and noble looking.