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Matsugamine Catholic Church

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Matsugamine Catholic Church

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HotEarth wrote a review Aug 2019
Melbourne, Australia696 contributions256 helpful votes
This church is built with stones from the Oya Quarry. Othere than it's stones relevance, the church is just like any other modern churches. The church is within a short walking distance from Tobu Station.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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BlueDragon_99 wrote a review Aug 2018
Zurich, Switzerland185 contributions24 helpful votes
This beautiful church is probably the only one built with Oya-ishi (locally produced volcanic ash stone with green-greyish colour) in the world and designed by a Swiss architect Max Hinder (1887 - 1963) from Zurich. The church's web-site says this was his last work on churches in Japan before he was leaving back to Europe. From outside it looks European with twin church towers (rare in Japan) inside it gives more Japanese flavor - yes, you are in Japan. Damaged during the war (1945) it was restored in 1947. The copper roof nicely match the colour of the building. From JR Utsunomiya Station (West Exit) it is about 30 min. walk or 10 min. by taxi. Or can take a bus to Tobu Utsunomiya Station and then walk for ca 5 min. One of the must visit places in Utsunomiya.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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2catsinJP wrote a review Sep 2017
1,043 contributions37 helpful votes
This is the only church in the world built using oya stone (only available locally in Utusnomiya). It's a tiny Catholic church and located just near the Tobu Department Store. Worth a visit if you have a few minutes to kill while waiting for your train (Tobu line).
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Date of experience: September 2017
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AMCTheJetSetter wrote a review Jun 2016
125 contributions32 helpful votes
Lots of interesting architectural features, including use of the distinctive native stone that can be seen on many older buildings. Not far from the central shopping area.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Robert O wrote a review Sep 2014
Doylestown, Pennsylvania11 contributions6 helpful votes
this was one of my favorite places to visit when I lived in Utsunomiya in 1994 and 1995. The stone was from the same quarry that was used for the famous Tokyo Hotel that was designed by architect Frank Llyod Wright.
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Date of experience: May 2014
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