Some temples have lion guardians; this one has rabbits (Photo: Peter Sidell)

Saisho-in temple, Hirosaki

Probably the most beautiful pagoda in Tohoku

Peter Sidell   - 1 min read

The pagoda at Saisho-in temple was built around 350 years ago to commemorate those who died in battle during the reunification of the Tsugaru district in which Hirosaki is located. It's five stories high and stands just over 31 meters tall, and is said to be the most beautiful of its kind in Tohoku. I don't know how much competition it faces for that position, but I do know that it's an interesting, atmospheric place to visit; as well as the impressive pagoda, there are some interesting statues and carvings in and around the temple buildings, and if nothing else, it's a pleasant place to stop and rest as you explore the city.

Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.