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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 13 August 2018
The Hague, The Netherlands
Fascinating historical site build into a mountainside

Well worth the modest admission price, this temple is a historic site with stone carvings and much... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana
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1198 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya 321-0345, Tochigi Prefecture
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Reviewed 18 November 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
Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 13 August 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 8 August 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 10 July 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 23 March 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 27 November 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 11 October 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 16 September 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 15 July 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
1  Thank kimitakas
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Small, but important temple. No photography is allowed. The temple is designated as a Special Historical Sites & Important Cultural Properties.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank seoktingc
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