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Kunisaki Peninsular on the north eastern part of Ooita prefecture was initially a place with many Shintou mountain worship sites. Under influence of the Shintou-Buddhism fusion of Usa-jinguu, numerous Buddhist temples were built in the mountains. Combined with the practice of pursuing Shingon (true word)...More
This temple was built in the 12th century, by a sect founded in 718. It is of utmost simplicity yet extremely refined and beautiful. The statue of Buddha Amidha is rumoured to have been carved from one giant nutmeg tree. It is of incredible beauty...More
Travelling anywhere on the Kunisaki Peninsula is like travelling back in time. My partner and I drove to Kunisaki and then met up with an ex-pat American guide from the Kunisaki Tourism Association who drove us around the peninsula. Firstly, renting a car in Kyushu...More
We were fortunate that our tour used a bus for some of the more remote places we visited including this site with its interior a national treasure and its exterior buddhas covered with moss and communing with nature.
We took a Japanese bus tour to the Kunisaki Peninsula as a way to see the various temples and shrines that we otherwise could not easily visit on our own. The tour was conducted in Japanese, but the guide made sure to tell us at...More