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“An amazing treasure”
Review of Usuki Sekibutsu

Usuki Sekibutsu
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Usuki
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

Don't miss the Stone Buddhas of Usuki. You will be impressed by these amazing Buddhas carved into the stone. There are several groups of statues, with more than 60 statues in total. They are a national treasure.

Thank Robert D
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Reviewed May 19, 2018

I probably would have left 4 or 5 stars, but the English map was not accurate. As I was leaving and spoke to the desk, they showed me the Japanese map, which was completely different. They actually had new english maps, but they were using up the old ones first. What the heck! I was not pleased. I missed several of the statues but by the time I realized the issue, having ridden my bike from the train station, I was worried about it being dark if I went back in...very disappointing :-(.

Thank ruthrh
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Place is easy to locate with a rental car, parking is free

Short walk from the souvenir shops is the entrance.
Usual ticket price was 530 yen, but as the ticketing lady explained, they are charging 460yen now as exhibits 3,4,5,6 (cluster 2) are closed off to the public for restoration work.

Still we managed to see the remaining stone buddhas at 1,2,7,8.

Overall, the place is quiet and peaceful, no tour buses.

Thank Gracie_Chen
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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.

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).

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