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Myotsu-ji Temple, Obama

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • This quiet and mossy temple is a hidden gem of Obama, in my opinion. Though you definitely need a car or taxi to get there, it’s very nice. Inside is a national treasure with statues over 1000 years.....  more »
  • Myotsuji Temple : Myotsuji Temple is located in eastern part of Obama City. The temple belongs to Shingon sect of Buddhism. It was established in 806 when Sakanoue Tamuramaro curved three bodies of statuesout of one single trunk of an oak tree. The purpose of placing those statues in this place was to appease the spirits of aristocracies of his time as well as his wish for the peace. Tamuramaro was a general served for Imperial court who was on the mission to subjugate barbarians. Those three statues ( very important cultural assets ) are kept in the main hall of the temple. The one on the center is the main object of worship called Yakushi Nyorai Statue believed to have healing power with his left hand holding a cup filled with elixer ( heals all kind of illness). The rooftop of the main hall and three-story pagoda are elaborately constructed with bark of Japanese cypress called Hinoki. A wooden tatue of Fudomyo-o of this temple is another very important cultural asset, but this one was moved to Haga Temple also located in Obama City in an event of fire occured in 20th century.Those impressive structures of the temple are built in 13th century. The three-story pagoda is a symbolic structure of this temple. After passing through a point where you pay 500 yen to make your entrance to the main part of the temple there is a long fllight of stone steps leading your way to the main hall. Once you arrived at the main hall you will be welcomed by a priest of Myotsuji offering a guide inside. There are 3 ponds in its precincts where you can see many impressively colorful brocade Koi ( carps ) swiming. You are allowed to feed food sold at the temple for 100 yen. ( Trans-word+ : TGM Japan Guide )
  • A beautiful, old little shrine surrounded by wooded hills.
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