We took the Fukuhoku Yutaka Line from Tenjin and align at KidoNanzoimmae sta. (remember not Sasaguri sta itself). After walking through the small station is the bridge (with musical notes) you will reached the junction to highway, there’s a couple of souvenir stores (explore wide collection of Japanese hats and wooden sandals, cheaper too.). Turned right at the end and a short 20 metres and crossed the road to the Temple ground. There is a small road which leads up into the Nanzo Temple area, with more shops along the way.
Nanzoin Temple is a large complex with many smaller shrines scattered over the hillside. Being nestled on the slopes of a Sasaguri mountain range, the grounds at Nanzoin Temple are small but beautiful. Along the way there are some nice and interesting features which included waterfalls, statues, caves and lit candles in many areas. Following a small stream up leads to more several small caves with altar pieces inside and rising above it all, a serene bamboo forest overlook the grounds. There are trail markers that led higher up the forest/mountainside but we did not venture further.
At the main Hondo building a sign points the way to the large bronze Buddha. This is via a tunnel and a fence path along the edge of the ‘hillside’. And there you will see the amazing large Buddha!. The Reclining Buddha's dimensions are impressive, 41 meters in length, 11 meters in height, and weighing in at 300 tons.. It was built back in 1995, The Shaka Nehan statue, which is familiarly known as "Nebotoke-san" (sleeping Buddha). One needs to pay to see the statue's interior, we gave it a miss.
Quite surprised that this amazing and fantastic site is not frequently being mentioned. Do spend some time and enjoy the wonderful ambience as the mountains and lush nature around Nanzoin are breathtaking ... Very interesting getaway and a great experience!
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