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Historical temple with a 1000 hands Kannon stone carving

This nice temple is worth a visit despite that photography is prohibited inside it and guided tours... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2019
Melbourne, Australia
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Tugged in between the rocks

In a way a typical temple with some stone buddhas. The location and the rock formation make this a... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
The Hague, The Netherlands
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1198 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya 321-0345, Tochigi Prefecture
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Reviewed August 11, 2019 via mobile

This nice temple is worth a visit despite that photography is prohibited inside it and guided tours are only in Japanese. The Kannon and Buddha sculptures are quite different as these are carved out at the rock face inside the temple. There is a small...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank HotEarth
Reviewed November 18, 2018

Just wandered in after the Oya Stone Museum and the big Kannon statue....thought it might be interesting. GORGEOUS! Had no idea Japan's oldest stone Buddhist statue was here in the Tochigi countryside. It's huge and beautifully lit. One of the temple priests does a tour,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

In a way a typical temple with some stone buddhas. The location and the rock formation make this a worthwhile sight. The temple staff spoke English and guided us around.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Stephan1954
Reviewed August 7, 2018

An astonishing discovery of Rock Sculptures of the Silk Road opened doors of understanding. A serene pond and cave garden is very beautiful.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank peter r
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Well worth the modest admission price, this temple is a historic site with stone carvings and much more. It's a 20 minute city bus ride from downtown Utsunomiya, and it is within easy walking distance of the Oya Stone Museum and a giant Buddha carved...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NanjingBob
Reviewed March 23, 2018

I visited this shrine over the weekend when traveling on business. It's a peaceful place, and when the weather is good you can hike up the mountain trail that leads behind it. The stone carvings inside the temple are ancient and (I would say) worth...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank mikestephen2015
Reviewed November 26, 2017

Bosatsu in Buddhism is a monk practicing and preparing to enter into a status of total awareness like Buddha. Because it is so difficult to achieve the same status as Buddha, it is believed that a bosatsu will spread the teaching of Buddha, sympathize with...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

Beside being able to see a big statue built thousands years ago, a few huge Buddha crafted on the wall. (Too bad I was not allowed to take pictures. They were beautiful), enter a small museum with a mummy found ??? years ago, you can...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Shantylee827
Reviewed September 16, 2017

It was built on a site that has been continuously inhabited since the Jomon era, meaning more than 10,000 years. The temple is actually inside a cave and is surrounded by an oya stone cliff. You can hike to the top of the cliff if...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank 2catsinJP
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

Oya temple is famous for its stone Buddha, sculptured on rock. The temple was founded by Kukai, a well known monk in Heian Period. So, the history of this temple can be traced back more than 1000 years. If you are interested in Buddhism or...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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