Ōya-ji Temple

One of Japan’s prominent cave temples whose soaring cliff provides an incredible view

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The 4m-high Thousand-Armed Kannon carved into the rock is enshrined as the main object of worship and it along with 9 other Buddha figures carved into the rock face have been nationally designated both as Special Historic Sites and Important Cultural Properties. It’s been said that the Kannon was created by the Buddhist monk Kobo-Daishi but according to recent research, it shares many points in common with the stone Buddhas of Bamiyan so it is now thought that it may have actually been built by Afghan monks.
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April to September 8:30am~4:40pm October-March 9am~4:10pm Closed: The 2nd and 4th Thursdays from January to March ※If a national holiday falls on those days, then the previous Wednesday will be closed instead December 19th-31st every year
Adult: 400 YEN
Children: 100 YEN
1198 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya, Tochigi
(028) 652-0128

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