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Hoonji Temple

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4.4 (357)

31-5 Nasukawachō, Morioka, Iwate 020-0016, Japan

Hoonji Temple is nestled in amongst some of Morioka's most beautiful temples along Teramachidori Ave, one of Japan's 100 Best Roadscapes. The temple is largely known as the home of 500 Buddhist Disciples statues, which were hand crafted between 1731 and 1735 by nine artesians from Kyoto.

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Mondays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Jerv 7 months ago

I didn’t know the placenis surrounded by cemeteries. The temple is very solemn and lots of japanese visitors were there offering flowers to their dead loved ones.

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Savannah 7 months ago

Very interesting temple. Each statue has his own personality. They were so fascinating and slightly disconcerting to look at. The eyes follow you…

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Ricky Chua 10 months ago

We didn't make it before closing, but the garden itself is already serene and beautifully special. There were no tourists as it is quite out of the way.

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Kaelen “ケイレン” 村上 5 years ago

Great spot if you’re into temples. 500¥ entry fee and please take your shoes off before going up the wooden stairs outside!

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aaron meldahl 5 years ago

Only a few tourists ventured to this quiet temple while I was here, but it's entirely worth a visit. Located in the midst of other temples, it has serene grounds with a variety of interesting trees. It's known for its hall of statues of the 500 disciples of the Buddha, each carved with their own expression by famous sculptors from Kyoto in the Edo period. It's an amazing sight. What really added to the experience was the friendliness of the elderly man at the entrance, who asked each and every visitor where they had come from. I'd go again just to say hi to him!