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“Buddhas statues valley”
Review of Usuki Sekibutsu

Usuki Sekibutsu
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Usuki
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

In a relatively remote (from public transportation) site, these old statues scattered in the woods are powerful.
Take a direct bus from Oita (for 1,020Yen) or from Usuki.
As of November 2017, one the clusters of statues is closed to the public due to renovation work.
A few more statues can be found in the small shrine across the valley.
Worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Nir1703
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

The Stone Buddhas of Usuki is designated as a national treasure. This is located about five kilometers inland of the coastal city of Usuki. The stone Buddhas are located in four places relatively adjacent to each other. Access to the Buddhas is quite easy. From the car park at the bottom, after paying an admission fee of five hundred forty yen per person, the path linking the four areas is paved and not that steep. I understand that the statues are the work of unknown sculptors dating from the late Heian to early Kamakura period, probably late 12th to early 13th century. The statues have been eroded by standing there for close to a millennium in the rain and wind, but still retain tranquil and lively features. The faces of the Buddhas are round and many with pleasant smiles, typical of statues from the late Heian period under influence of the Tung Dynasty of China. The statues at the top of the path are the only ones you need to climb a few steps up a ladder to view. The audio guide informed us that this was the only Buddha facing west where people believed that paradise existed. Under advice of the audio we also took a look at the side of the head of the main Buddha in the middle and found that the back of the statue had been carved away and not embedded in the cliff. The audio informed us that this was because the substance of the cliff was tuff made from volcanic lava which is softer and easier to chisel. If you are interested in Ooita Prefecture, please browse the article on my trip on my homepage Rediscovering Japan (Ooita).

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed September 8, 2017

entry fee for an adult was 540Yen. You get a map with the way around the different sites. They are in a forest area so the walk is in the shade mostly which is nice in summer. Although we came in August, not many people were there.
Very nice to see and worth a visit. We also loved the lotus flower field right next to the stone statues.
Parking no problem.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank StefanS71
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Reviewed July 14, 2017

The grounds here are tranquil and scenic. The stone Buddhas are a national treasure and were carved around the 12th century. Nice place to view the Buddhas and take a leisurely walk on the grounds. There were also lotus flowers in bloom. I found the place interesting and worth visiting.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank oak2wn
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Reviewed June 5, 2017

Usuki is a national treasure of Japan. The statues are carved into the cliff faces of the hills. They have been eroded by the elements and partly restored. You have to walk a short distance to see the different grottoes with many statues. The setting is tranquil and very well shaded by dense vegetation. You can also appreciate the beautiful plain just underneath it when you reach the highest point. It was very quiet the afternoon I was there.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank 55nickw
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