TALES FROM HISTORY

Sazaedō — The Unique Spiral Temple of Aizu, Japan

The only double-helix wooden structure in the world

Hexagonal, 3 story, old wooden building, with intricate dragon and other carvings, as well as a brass gong above the entrance. Its roof extends out, showing the wooden beams beneath.
Entrance to the Sazaedō. (All photos ©Diane Tincher)

Nestled on a hillside in the small city of Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture is an extraordinary shrine. It was originally built as a temple, entirely of wood, in 1796, and there is nothing else like it in the world.

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