Iozen Yakushi Temple

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Name in Japanese: 医王山 薬師寺
Area: Ishikawa
Address: I-145 Yuwakumachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1123, Japan [map]
Admission: Free

A small rural temple covered in protective glass, this area has an abandoned feel to it.

It isn’t of course – it’s a few steps from the local hot spring – but the trees surrounding it and the moss-covered statues give it an almost eerie feel, assuming you don’t see any locals visiting while you’re there. Close to the temple is a re-opened path leading through the forest, but there is only a regular road at the top (and it’s quite steep). The rest wil one day be opened, potentially, but it does make for a nice walk if you have time to kill (or a footbath to warrant).