History of Saishoin Temple
The Saisho-in Temple is where the visually-striking five-story pagoda is located—a landmark recognized as the most beautiful in the Tohoku region. The pagoda, which was built 350 years ago, was built to commemorate the fallen soldiers who died during the Tsugaru district reunification battle.
Aside from the pagoda, other sacred points are found within the temple which tells about the religious culture in Hirosaki.
Wash your hands as purification at the Dragon Statue
The water emitted by the dragon statue’s mouth is a way of purification for tourists. Tourists may wash their hands with the water that is normally done when visiting Japanese shrines.
Make a wish at the bell
For ¥100, you may ring the bell at the Saishoin Temple and make a wish.
Best time to visit Saishoin Temple
■ Dress modestly when visiting the temple.
■ Observe silence and respect the religious structures in the area by following the usual temple etiquettes.
■ Admission is free.
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
63 Doyamachi, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture