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Gunma - Kusatsu Onsen - Kousenji Shakado / 群馬県草津温泉 光泉寺 釈迦堂
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Short trip to Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma Prefecture. Kousenji Shakado.

Kousenji is a temple located just south-west of Yubatake in the Kusatsu township. The temple does offer somewhere to visit once you've looped the Yubatake perimeter a couple of times or so and are wondering where to go next. From Yubatake a stairway leads to the front of the temple but having to go up these stairs might turn some people off. But then the temple grounds can also be reached from the sides via sealed roads so these might possibly offer an easier route.

The temple has a side-temple structure called Shakado, which is shown in the photo. This structure is not the main temple building. I felt this little charming red thing was more photogenic than the main temple building.

こうせんじ しゃかどう 群馬 温泉 360度パノラマ

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