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Churenji Temple reviews
Of Churenji and Dainichibo, both in Oami (about 30 minutes from the town of Haguro), we were especially impressed with Churenji in its weathered glory. Besides seeing a "living Buddha" we were... more »
A fascinating place to visit in a very atmospheric location. The monks at the temple are very welcoming and accommodating. They gently guide you through the history of both the temple and also of the process involved in the procedure that the sokushinbutsu go through. If you don’t speak any Japanese or have someone who can translate for you then you may struggle with some of the terminology used but it’s still a very unique and interesting place. Be advised that in winter it can be impossible to access this area due to the weather conditions. Very deep snow plus a very steep and narrow access road can prevent you from reaching the temple in winter months.
A very unique and moving experience.
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