Aizu Sazae-do

Travel Guide - Aizu Sazae-do


Aizu Sazae-do is a temple noted for its unique, turban shell shape.
It was constructed by Priest Ikudo in 1796 and designated as a national important cultural property in 1996.

The inside of the building is double helix structure and is also a wonder to behold.
Visitors climbing up stairs never come across others walking down the stairs from the top.

Opening Hours

  • 8:15 - Sunset
  • 9:00 - 16:00 (January - March)


  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

  • 4 minutes from JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station by Akabee bus.Get off at Iimoriyama-shita Bus stop.
  • 46 minutes from JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station Haikara-san bus.Get off at Iimoriyama-shita Bus stop.

Address / Location

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Beautiful, vernacular and unique! Must see in Japan ;)
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