Gohyaku Rakan in Kawagoe

Buddha's 540 stone disciples at Kitain Temple

By Anne Lauenroth    - 1 min read

Less than an hour by train from central Tokyo, Kawagoe makes for a great day-trip destination. The city’s Kitain Temple not only features the last surviving buildings of the original Edo Castle, it is also home to the Gohyaku Rakan, 540 stone statues of Buddha’s disciples. Dating back to the 18th and 19th century, each of these statues was carved with a unique expression, with none of them looking alike.

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Anne Lauenroth

Anne Lauenroth @anne.lauenroth

German writer, translator and editor with a passion for travel, photography and all things Japanese. More about me and my work on www.allwordz.com and www.floating-worlds.com.