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Ganjo-ji Temple Amidado Hall

Shiramizu Amidado Hall, a national treasure representative of the Tohoku region known as the temple of maple trees featured in TV commercials

Shiramizu Amidado Hall is a national treasure architecture located in Ganjo-ji Temple in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. It is said that Princess Tokuhime, daughter of Fujiwara no Kiyohira who had tremendous power in the Tohoku region at that time, built the temple as a memorial for her late husband in 1160. It is a representative building of the late Heian Period (794 -1185), and in addition to the beautiful hall, the Jodo-style garden representing the Buddhist concept of the time is also stunning. Lotus in the summer and the colorful ginkgo and maple leaves in the fall are must-see sights, with illumination events at night during the foliage season.

Imagine ancient times through the foliage lit up on autumn nights

Be sure not to miss the nighttime special openings held in early November annually. The garden is illuminated in the foliage season, and the lit-up ginkgo and maple trees reflecting on the surface of the water is so beautiful that it is sure to take your breath away. The interior of the Shiramizu Amidado Hall that includes the statue of Amida Buddha is also solemnly lit up, and you can listen to lectures in the mystical atmosphere. During the event period, free shuttle buses run from JR Yumoto and Iwaki stations.

Location

Name Ganjo-ji Temple Amidado Hall
Website https://fukushima.travel/destination/shiramizu-amidado-temple/147
Address 221 Hirohata, Uchigoshiramizu-machi, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima
Access Approximately 20 minutes' drive from the Iwaki-Yumoto IC on the Joban Expressway
From Iwaki Station on the JR Joban Line, take the bus toward Kawadaira and get off at Amidado bus stop, then walk approximately 5 minutes.
Business Hours April to October: 8:30 to 16:00
November to March: 8:30 to 15:30
  • * Temple entrance admission until 15 minutes before gate closing
Closed (1) Fourth Wednesday every month
(2) Second Wednesdays and Thursdays in December
(3) February 3
(4) Vernal and Autumnal Equinox Days
(5) August 12 to 16
(6) August 24
(7) December 20 to 31
Others:
  • * Temple halls closed (temple grounds open) January 1 to 3, August 5 to 6, December 31
  • * Temple open only in the afternoon on the Sunday directly before January 26 for fire drill
  • * May be closed irregularly for mountain religious events, typhoon (strong wind or rain), snowfall and other occasions

(Please see the website for details)
Inquiries TEL: 0246-26-7008
Admission Adults: 500 yen; Children (elementary school students): 300 yen; Preschool children: free

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