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Kitain Temple (喜多院)

 0492220859  Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kosembamachi 1-20-1

Boasting a 1200-year history, Kitain Temple is a National Designated Important Cultural Property that houses several valuable Cultural Properties. In addition to ordinary worship and visits to the main temple building, it also puts on occasional exhibitions of its treasures, which make available to visitors the precious items it has kept throughout its long history. The souvenir shop within its precincts was opened in 1972 and is well known as the first temple-based souvenir shop for tourists within the city limits of Kawagoe.


[3/1-11/23]8:50-16:30(SundayPublic holiday-16:50)
[11/24-the end of February]8:50-16:00(SundayPublic holiday-16:20)
12/25-1/8, 2/2-2/3, 4/2-4/5, Late Apr./Early May (Sunday and after Sunday holding Treasury Special), August 16
Precincts freedom
[Admission fee to worship of the visitor's shrine/Shiyodo/Chihido/Five hills] Adults 400 yen, Children (small/Junior High School Students) 200 yen
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Review of Kitain

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Reviewed:2018/10/25 Serene half visit in the evening
This temple closes at 4PM( 4.20 PM on Sundays and public holidays). Also it is slightly away from the main Kurazukuri zone. So plan your visit well. Assuming you are coming to Kawagoe by train it...
Reviewed:2018/09/18 Worth the trip to Kawagoe by itself
I spent an enjoyable Saturday in Kawagoe with a Japanese friend. Kitain was a highlight of the day. Kitain was one of my favorite temples to visit. The buildings and grounds are lovely, and the...
Reviewed:2018/08/27 Historically significant for the thousand years old Tendai Sect and where part of Edo Castle are being preserved.
City of Kawagoe a.k.a Little Edo was once an important commodity resource and business trades to Edo (today's Tokyo) during the Edo period. The city avoided severe damages after the air raid bombings...
Reviewed:2018/07/03 Gorgeous temple with unique Rakan statues
When I decided to visit Kawagoe, One of my first stops was Kitain, Head temple of the Tendai Sect for Kanto Region. The temple complex is very beautiful, with a very nice two-story pagoda, stunning...
Reviewed:2018/06/18 Birthplace of Iemitsu Tokogawa
Unbeknownst to us was the fact that the famous Tokogawa was born here. This place does not allow photo taking which is unfortunate. There is a room in the building where he was born and is extremely...

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