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"O-do Hall" of "Fuki-ji" Buddhist temple in Oita Prefecture is the oldest wooden building in Kyushu.

Fuki-ji standing on the Kunisaki Peninsula, Oita Prefecture, is a Buddhist temple which is said to be built in 718. O-do Hall in the second picture is supposed to be built in the second half of the Heian period, in the early 12th century, and is designated as a national treasure. This wooden building is one of the leading "Amida-do Halls" in Japan. Amida-do Hall means a hall to enshrine "Amida-nyorai" Buddhist statue. In addition, the Amida-nyorai Buddhist statue enshrined here and the Buddhist paintings on the interior walls are on the list of important cultural assets. The stone steps, as shown in the first picture, leads you to O-do Hall by way of "San-mon" main gate. When I visited this old temple at the beginning of October, cute cosmoses were found in full bloom by the roadside. This decent temple nestling in a tranquil mountain village shows different images from season to season.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,

Masahisa Takaki.

全国通訳案内士 高木聖久。


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