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  • Fuki-ji Temple
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    4.5
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    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibufuki 2395
    A Tendai Buddhist temple standing silently along Prefectural Route 655 in Bungotakada City. Erected in the Heian period (794–1185) as a shrine in the Usa Jingu Shrine complex, the temple’s principle object of worship, a seated wooden figure of Amitabha Tathagatta, is designated an Important Cultural Property. Together with the Phoenix Hall at the Byodoin and the Golden Hall at the Chuson-ji Temple, the temple’s Great Hall is counted one of the three most outstanding halls devoted to an image of Amitabha in Japan. Designated a National Treasure, the Great Hall is also the oldest wooden structure in Kyushu. The Fukinotou inn adjoining the Great Hall for those looking to have a quiet and relaxing stay.

    Beautiful amazingly preserved temple, well not entirely - there are spots on the walls with graffiti made by local kids who used it as their playground in the 1950s but it makes it all the more...

  • Takatsuka Atago Jizoson Statue
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    Oita Pref. Hitashi Amagasemachimabaru 3740
    This is unusual even nationwide in that it indicates the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism as a place of worship for Jizo, the guardian deity of children, while also having a torii gate and auxiliary shrine for Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess. Also known as “Takatsuka-san,” it is a place known for fulfilling prayers relating to various issues and attracts a great many visitors from all over the country.
  • Futago-ji Temple
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    Oita Pref. Kunisakishi Akimachifutago 1548
    A Buddhist temple located in Futago, Aki-machi, Kunisaki City. Situated halfway up Mt. Futago, the tallest peak on the Kunisaki Peninsula, this temple is the head temple of all Rokugo Manzan Tendai Buddhist temples which boast 1,300 years of history in the peninsula. The temple’s grounds are included as part of Setonaikai National Park and have also been designated a Historic Site by the prefecture. Filled with woodland and natural beauty, the temple’s grounds have even been selected for inclusion in a list of 100 Forests in Japan suited for Forest Bathing, and particularly large numbers of visitors come here during the fall foliage season.
  • Monjusen-ji Temple
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    Oita Pref. Kunisakishi Kunisakimachidaionji 2432
    A Buddhist temple located in Daionji Kunisaki-machi, Kunisaki City. Part of the Rokugo Manzan Tendai Buddhist temples which grew and developed on the Kunisaki Peninsula, the temple has a history of some 1,300 years. The temple’s principal object of worship, a figure of Monjusri, is known for granting wisdom, and many worshippers come here seeking to be blessed with intelligence, success in scholarly activities, and achieving entrance to the school of their choice. The temple is located in Setonaikai National Park, and a giant sacred zelkova tree, believed to be over 1,000 years old, grows on its grounds. There’s also a Hokyoin pagoda which offers a sweeping view of the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Isshinji Temple
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    Oita Pref. Oitashi Megusuno 1305
    A Buddhist temple located in Megusono, Oita City. The temple was established in 1963 by a Buddhist monk, Abe. The grounds contain a 20-meter tall statue of Acala, the largest in Japan: and a 17-meter tall statue of Bhaisajyaguru. The temple’s grounds are also the best place to view double-flowered cherries in western Japan and are planted with some eight varieties of double-flowered cherry tree. The temple holds a double-flowered cherry blossom festival in April.
  • Rakanji Temple
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    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Honyabakeimachiatoda 1519
    A Buddhist temple located in Atoda, Honyabakei-machi, Nakatsu City. The temple is situated halfway up Mt. Rakan. Counted as one of Japan’s three great “500 arhat temples,” the temple has 500 arhat statues created about 650 years ago and also enshrines 1,000 Kshitigarbha statues created in the distant Muromachi period. The Rakanji Temple Chairlift provides access from the temple to the top of the mountain.
  • Makiodo
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    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibumaki 1796
    A Buddhist temple situated along Prefectural Route 655 in Tashibumaki, Bungotakada City. The temple is one of the groups of Rokugo Manzan temples found on the Kunisaki Peninsula. The temple once flourished as the greatest of the eight head Rokugo Manzan temples but its 36 buildings were almost completely destroyed in a fire. The temple possesses numerous National Important Cultural Property-designated Buddhist statues, including a wooden seated figure of Amitabha, the temple’s principal object of worship; and wooden statues of the Four Heavenly Kinds which stand guard around it. The grounds encompass an observatory and Kodai Park, which contains a group of stone Rokugo Manzan structures.
  • Kannonji Temple
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    Oita Taketa-shi Taketa 1782
  • Aizome Do
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    Oita Taketa-shi Taketa 1773
  • Kirishitan Cave Reihai Do
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    Oita Taketa-shi
  • Mudoji Temple
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    3 Reviews
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    Oita Bungotakada-shi Kurotsuchi 1475

    国東半島は石仏や磨崖仏が多いですが、珍しく大きくて立派な仏さまが揃っています。不動明王、弥勒菩薩、大日如来、薬師如来。護摩で煤がかかって表情が柔らかくなった仏さまもとても味わい深かったです。

  • Kakadi Betukuyahatasha
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    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Kakadi 3596-1
  • Iwatodera Temple
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    Oita Kunisaki-shi Kunisakimachi Iwatoji 1232
  • Tokoji Temple
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    Oita Usa-shi Esuka 1754
  • Ryuganji Temple
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    Oita Usa Innaimachi Daimon 290-2
  • Katurakirateratojigokugokuraku
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    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachihigashiera
  • Ennoji Temple
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    3.5
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    Oita Nakatsu-shi Teramachi 961-2

    河童の墓で知られた浄土宗寺院です。 周囲には寺院の多い一角で、観光客には似たような寺院が立ち並んでいるように思えてしまいます。 その中で、"河童の墓" とは突出してインパクトがありました。 境内に入ると本堂の奥に墓地が広がり、墓石の間を標識に従って進むと、確かに "河童の墓" がありました。

  • Jishoji
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    Oita Prefecture Nakatsu Shinsakana-cho, 1903
  • Goganji
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    32 Reviews
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    Oita Prefecture Nakatsu Teramachi 973

    This is one of many temples in the socalled temple quarter (Tera-machi) of Nakatsu. They say the red color was used to cover spilled blood.

  • Fukoji Temple Magaibutsu
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    Oita Bungoono Asajimachi Kamiotsuka 1225

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A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don’t hesitate to explore Oita a little further.

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